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NOFA/RI CRAFT Workshops

Pruning at Bardens Family Orchard

Before pruning at Barden Family Orchard

Smart fruit tree management & pruning to prevent disease
April 24, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m; rain date: May 1, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Barden Family Orchard, 56 Elmdale Rd, North Scituate, RI
Learn the principles of fruit tree pruning with an emphasis on pruning peach trees. Sandie Barden of Barden Family Orchard will discuss basic pruning theory and the techniques that have worked in the family’s orchard for decades. She will demonstrate using her favorite tools and offer safety tips. Sandie will discuss fruit tree management and disease prevention and demonstrate pruning various types of fruit crops.

After Pruning at Bardens Family Orchard

After pruning at Barden Family Orchard

Barden Family Orchard grows 15 varieties of peaches, 20 varieties of apples, blueberries and raspberries. This 3-generation, Pick Your Own orchard also has a farm market. The Barden’s also grow and sell pumpkins, winter squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini and eggplant.

Everyone is welcome. This workshop is free thanks to a generous Specialty Crop grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture. Please dress for the weather.

harvesting greens from low tunnels in fields

Harvesting greens from low tunnels

Season Extension – Spring growing in a High & Low Tunnels
May 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rain date: May 21st 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Matunuck Oyster Bar’s Vegetable Farm
325 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingston, RI

Farm Manager, Jason McCartney will discuss the benefits of various season-extension structures (heated greenhouse, moveable high tunnel, low tunnels/field plastic and row covers) and how their use fits into early season production, harvest and marketing schedule. Attendees will learn about early field crops (salad mix, pac choi, kale, hakuri turnips, radishes and spinach.) Discussions will include variety selection, transplant dates, planting dates, fertility and cover crops for early season production.

Matunuck Vegetable Farm

Matunuck Vegetable Farm

Jason is the former manager of Brookwood Community Farm in Milton, MA. He now manages Perry Raso’s vegetable farm on Potter Pond growing greens, produce and herbs primarily for use at the restaurant, with some additional farmers markets and wholesale sales. The farm is in the process of obtaining organic certification and should have it for this upcoming season. Learn more about the farm at www.rhodyoysters.com/matunuck-vegetable-farm.

Everyone is welcome. This workshop is free thanks to a generous Specialty Crop grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture.

Farmacy Herbs

Farmacy Herbs

Growing, harvesting & making herbal medicines
June 10, 5:30 -7:00 p.m; rain date: June 24, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Farmacy Herbs, 959 Hopkins Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI

Herbs can be used to make extracts (tinctures), fluid extracts, infusions, decoctions, syrups as well as salves, infused oils and skin creams. Mary will discuss cultivation techniques, harvesting at the optimum growth stage and how to prepare high quality herbal medicine.

Farmacy is an urban community health and herbal education center. This urban site features teaching gardens, an herb store as well as a health and education center. Farmacy’s 5-acre farm supplies the herb drying room and classroom site. Herbal products are made by Farmacy apprentices at their Providence site. Herbal products and bulk herbs are sold at local stores and farmers markets.

Harvesting herbs at Farmacy Herbs

Harvesting at Farmacy Herbs

Farmacy offers education programs focused on herbal information, nutritional healing and organic farming practices. Farmacy offers holistic-based information, referrals and resources to anyone who wants to support their health with herbs. Farmacy works to offer accessible community health care and wellness through environmental awareness and holistic practices.

Everyone is welcome. This workshop is free thanks to a generous Specialty Crop grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture.

CoolBot at Wishing Stone Farm

CoolBot at Wishing Stone Farm

FSMA-Compliant Produce Handling and Building a Cooler with a Coolbot
October 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Rain date: October 16
Wishing Stone Farm, 25 Shaw Road, Little Compton RI 02837

Skip Paul will discuss his approach to the upcoming FSMA produce sanitation protocols. Sanidate will be introduced to wash water at critical stages of greens processing. University of Vermont Extension has produced this educational video: here.

Wishing Stone Farm will be setting up a second coolbot this season. Learn how they build a CoolBot cooler. Learn about the specs, budget and permitting process. CoolBots override an air conditioner’s temperature gauge and turns an insulated room and standard household air conditioner into a walk-in cooler. Learn more at the CoolBot website and see a list of disadvantages here.

Skip Paul at Wishing Stone Farm

Skip Paul at Wishing Stone Farm

Skip Paul and his family operate a 50-acre GAP and organic certified farm. Skip was instrumental in forming NOFA/RI and is a regular speaker and workshop leader at his farm and across southern New England.

Everyone is welcome. This workshop is free thanks to a generous Specialty Crop grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture.

Other Events, Conferences & Training

Free Admission to National Parks
April 19 and 20
As a part of  National Park Week, April 19 – 27, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service will offer free entrance to any of 400 national parks.

  • Find National Park locations nearest to you here.
  • Find local National Park Week events near you here.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series 
Oregon Tilth, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s East and West National Technology Support Centers will present these “Understanding Organic and Sustainable Agriculture” webinars.

2014 Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Topics
archived Insights from an Organic Certifier
to be archived On-Farm Food Safety and Conservation
Jun 03 Commonly Used Organic Inputs
Aug 05 Weed Management in Organic Pastures
Oct 07 Organic Farming and Soil Health
Dec 02 Nutrient Budgeting: Organic Considerations for Implementing Conservation Practice Standard 590
Newport Flower Show: Journey: Grand Vistas
June 27 – 29, Rosecliffe, Newport.
See more related events here.