Our Events

2018 Winter Conference  

Look What’s New at NOFA/RI

As the Seasons change, you’ll find new and informative NOFA/RI Events.  Many of our events are FREE, such as our On-Farm Workshop, but some, may require a registration fee.

Organic Strawberry Production On-Farm Workshop
Sun, September 23, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Brandon Family Farm
592 Fairgrounds Road
South Kingstown, RI 02892

Register here.

Join us as we learn techniques for organic strawberry production at Brandon Family Farm. Over 1.5 acres have been planted with strawberry plants for the 2019 season to prepare for next season. Strawberries are proven to be both a profitable and beneficial crop on small acreage Rhode Island farms because they fit well into vegetable rotations, especially when planted using plastic-culture and can allow for intensive rotations. At this two hour workshop, farmers will discuss commercial organic production including planting strategies, fertility, pest management, day neutrals (full season strawberries) and rotation. Please arrive a few minutes early.

Brandon Family Farm is a certified organic three acre produce farm located in West Kingston. The farm grows a plethora of fruits, vegetables and herbs and has had incredible success for several years using plastic-culture production techniques with equipment that is typically found on vegetable farms. Farm produce is sold at local farmer’s markets and is thoroughly enjoyed due to its fresh and organic quality.

Farming Organic – Panel Discussion

Sunday October 21, 2018

1 pm – 4 pm

South Kingstown Land Trust Barn
17 Matunuck Beach Rd
South Kingstown, RI 02879

This panel discussion features 4 farmers with over 45 years of combined experience in organic and sustainable farming talking about their insights into the challenges and successes building an organic farm business. Is it a sign of the times that they are all women?

Join Kelli Roberts of Roots Farm, Diana Kushner of Arcadian Fields, Camille Abdel-Nabi of Little River Farm and Sarah Turkus of Sidewalk Ends Farm and the Young Farmer Network as they share their approaches to organic farming with ample time for questions and discussion from the audience.

Additional topics open for discussion include thoughts on embracing technology, land access, farm management and marketing, crop planning, recordkeeping, and more! This panel discussion should appeal to farmers, beginning or advanced looking to transition to organic and the general public interested in organic farming

Event is FREE.  Please RSVP on line.

Please bring a non-perishable item or canned good to donate to the RI Community Food Bank.

We ask even for FREE events that you RSVP at the link provided. Last minute attendees are welcome!
Always check the weather before joining us on farm, and dress accordingly.  Check this page or nofari.org for potential cancelations.  Photographs may be taken at the event to be used for NOFA RI promotional material and appear on the webpage.

On Farm workshops funded through USDA grants via the RI DEM and USDA grants via Southside Community Land Trust.

Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events


Next NOFA 2018 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

Normal 4-day Course & Testing Cost: $695 ($650 for early registration – 2 months prior). Includes refreshments, lunches, course materials, and a printed copy of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care (6th edition) – the internationally recognized guide to organic land care practices.
  • August 2018 course in New Haven, CT (Aug 13-16) register here.
  • November 2018 course in East Hartford, CT (Nov 12-15) register here
  • NEED A SCHOLARSHIP & IN CONNECTICUT? NOFA has 100% scholarship opportunities for land care professionals who serve clients in Connecticut and want organic training. To apply, fill out this form and we will be in touch!
  • A course in Portland, Maine is also being planned for October 2018.

See an international list of horticultural conferences at hortcalendar.com and local events at semaponline.org/events.

On-line Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course
Consumer demand is increasing for organic lawn care. Boost your skills and reduce toxins in the environment. This 9-unit, non-college credit course is a complete introduction to managing grass and lawns organically and will cover how pesticide and fertilizer runoff harms water quality, provide technical training on organic lawn care practices, and discuss successful business and marketing strategies. Learn more at here .


Farm Aid 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. For 33 years, Farm Aid has celebrated farmers, eaters and music coming together for change. The festival season offers valuable opportunities to connect the work of local food and farm groups with those working across the country, including several avenues to elevate the work of your organization and the stories of the farmers and food & farm system changemakers in your network.

We hope you can join us at Farm Aid 2018. We’ll send additional details for events and logistics in the coming weeks. In the meantime, grab your tickets and check out the attached social media guide & graphics to spread the word to folks in your network!
Learn more here!

Farm Commons – Farm Business Law Webinars
Plan for a stable, resilient farm business with 13 free Farm Law Webinars in 2015. There are 8 Farm Law Basics webinars and 5 Advanced Farm Law webinars. Learn, create and converse with farmers from across the country while applying the law to your specific situation. Learn more and register at Farm Commons.

Small Business Training
The Center for Women in Enterprise and the Small Business Administration offer classroom and on-line training. Learn more here.

NOFA/RI logoNOFA/RI Organic Farm Advisor
Organic Farm Advisors assist beginning or transitioning farmers with sustainable and organic growing, harvesting, processing and sales techniques, business planning or organic certification. Learn more about this free service here.

Young Farmer NetworkYoung Farmer Nights (YFN) Schedule
YFN connects farmers, aspiring farmers and farm allies from all backgrounds. This regional network and open to young and old. On-farm events often include a potluck supper and bonfire. Learn more and view the season’s schedule here.

NOFA/Mass Growing Webinars
View free webinars offered by NOFA/Mass on the final Tuesday of each month from 7 – 8 p.m. See future webinar topics and view past webinars here.

Plant and Gardening Fairs and Events
See the All Things Plants events calendar.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series 
Oregon Tilth and NRCS offer webinars on the first Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m Eastern Time. Learn more here.

Conservation Webinars
See a variety of resource conservation webinars for free, Topics include Soil Health, Cropping Systems, Bioenergy, Energy, Biomass, Energy Policy, FOTG & Planning, Fish & Wildlife, Forestry, Forest Management and Wildlife. Learn more here.

URI Master Gardeners
Learn more here.

URI Master Composters
Learn more here.

Learn about other related training events, farmers markets and more at our web calendar here