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Fall is here with More NOFA/RI Events


Organic Land Care Seminar
November 3, 2019, 2019
10 am- 2 pm

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

$25 NOFA Members / $35 Non-Members

NOFA/RI is pleased to announce an Organic Land Care Seminar with NOFA Organic Land Care Professionals & Instructors Michael Nadeau and Frank Crandall.  Michael Nadeau’s forty plus year in the organic landscaping business has positioned him as one of the leading authorities in the field of sustainable organic and ethical land care.  Frank Crandall, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and NOFA OLC Instructor has used his experience to author several books including “The Essential Horticultural Business Handbook” which has become a textbook at North shore Community College.

Please note we have partnered with our friends at CT NOFA and to register, you do not need to have or create an account, click the X to close the account window.


Managing Plant Pests & Diseases: On-Farm Workshop
Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
URI Greenhouses, 6 Greenhouse Rd. South Kingstown, RI 02881

Experiencing issues with your plants or crops? Come learn from experts Andy Radin and Heather Faubert how to deal with common pests and diseases, such as: Aphids, Thrips, Flea Beetles and Powdery Mildew. Both will provide organic control recommendations for common pests and diseases. The workshop will take place at the University of Rhode Island Greenhouses at 123 Greenhouses, 6 Greenhouse Rd., Kingston, RI 02881.


Hydroponic Farming: On-Farm Workshop
Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Skydog Farm,

In this workshop, farm owners will cover:

-The benefits of hydroponic farming and how it is a viable solution to our food crisis

-Give a guided tour of the hydroponic system and the greenhouse

-Determine which crops are best suited for hydroponic farming

-Discuss pest control in the greenhouse without the use of pesticides


Winter Growing: On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, December 8, 2019.  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Roots Farm, 217 East Road, Tiverton, RI 02878

Farm owners, Mike and Kelli Roberts, will demonstrate how to grow and cultivate a variety of crops on a year-round basis with the use of unheated, moveable high tunnels and low tunnels. The workshop will focus on winter growing, with discussion of optimizing planting dates and varieties for the winter, preparation of 30 inch beds, as well as maintaining soil and crop health.


A note about our On-Farm Worskhops.  

Registration enouraged but not required. Last minute attendees welcome. Please dress for the weather and check this site for updates. Photographs may be taken at this event for NOFA RI and appear on our webpage. Sponsored by RI DEM via a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.


Save the Date!

NOFA/RI WINTER CONFERENCE
March 8, 2020


Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events


NOFA 2019 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

This 30-hour, 4-day course for land care professionals and environmental educators offers a well-rounded curriculum which will cover organic land care principles, practices, design, and maintenance.

With this course, you will be able to implement organic practices in your work projects and will open up your business to a fast-growing market of customers and consumers who understand the benefits of an organically-managed property. At the end of this course, you will earn the trusted credential of being a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) which organically–inclined customers in the Northeast have come to view as the gold standard organic landscapers.

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.

For questions about attending the course, contact the CT NOFA office: 203-308-2584 or email Jeremy Pelletier at jeremy@ctnofa.org

See more related 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 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


See an international list of horticultural conferences at hortcalendar.com