Farm Succession Planning Workshop
Thursday, March 5, 6 – 9 p.m.
East Bay Met School
115 Girard Ave, Newport, RI (near CCRI)
What will happen to your farm when you retire from farming? Planning ahead is critical to the future of your farm and your legacy … especially if you want to keep your farm in agriculture after you retire AND meet your financial needs. Do you want to pass the farm on to a younger family member who wishes to keep farming? Or do you need to find a farmer outside of your family to continue farming when you retire? What do you need to consider and how can you address your interests and needs as well as the interests of your family members? This workshop will help you think about planning for the succession of your farm when you retire.
- Welcome Chuck Allott – Aquidneck Land Trust
- Why Plan for the Succession of Your Farm, Who You Should Involve & Steps to Take Jim Hafner – Land For Good
- Tax and Financial Considerations & Strategies Jon Jaffe – Farm Credit East
- Potential Role & Benefits of a Conservation Easement Stephen A. Haire, Esq. – Moore, Virgadamo & Lynch, Ltd.
- Estate Planning Options & Strategies Holly C. Janney, Esq. – Janney and Associates, Ltd.
- Facilitating a Family Discussion & Getting Agreement from Family Members About the Future of Your Farm – Tonya Harris – Center for Mediation & Collaboration of RI
Co-sponsored with Aquidneck Land Trust, RI Land Trust Council, URI Cooperative Extension and Eastern RI Conservation District.
Register via email to Jessica Pohl or call 401-849-2799 ext. 18.
Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy Ecosystems
The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop series shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners.
CRAFT workshops are free thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture which seeks to enhance farmers’ ability to grow and market their crops. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for CRAFT Workshops.
Raise better vegetables with chickens in crop rotations
June 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Rain date: June 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Big Train Farm
35 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI 02921
John Kenny will explain how rotating 125 organic chickens around his 2-acre farm has improved produce yields at Big Train Farm. Beginning and experienced growers will learn how to improve soil biology, fertility and specialty crop yields by including a chicken tractor in their crop rotation plans.
This 2-acre farm is one of seven incubator farms at Urban Edge Farm, owned by Southside Community Land Trust. Established in 2008, Big Train Farm sells produce and eggs through a 25-week mix-and-match CSA and wholesale accounts. CSA customers may also purchase weekly shares of fruits, flowers, meats and breads from other growers, producers and restaurants.
John is a NOFA/RI Organic Farm Advisor specializing in tractor operations, soil test interpretation and field planning. Each year John offers a 3-part workshop on Soil Health and Plant Science for farmers and gardeners. His courses include basic soil science, crop science and soil maintenance principles focused on organic growing techniques. He also hosts workshops on agriculture, natural science and field botany.
Other Workshop & Conferences
- Restoring Health to Agricultural Ecosystems: Principles and Practices from Soil to Communities, Mar. 4 – 6, Paicines, CA hpaicinesranch.com/classes-clinics
- Bee College, Mar. 6 – 7, St. Augustine, FL entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/honeybee
- URI Master Gardeners Garden Symposium: Critters, Containers and Native Plants: Gardening in Harmony with Nature, Mar. 7, Kingston, RI urimastergardeners.org/2015-garden-symposium
- CT NOFA Winter Conference, March 7, Danbury, CT ctnofa.org/winterconference
- Local Specialty Crop Trade Show & Local Food Trade Show – Connecting Wholesale Buyers and Producers of Local Food, Mar. 10, Boston, MA bostonlocalfood.com/our-events/buy-local-trade-show
- Bringing Hop Growers and Brewers Together, Mar. 13 – 14, Winston-Salem, NC eventbrite.com/e/nc-va-regional-hops-conference-bringing-hop-growers-and-brewers-together
- RI Land & Water Conservation Summit, Mar. 14 URI, Kingston, RI landandwaterpartnership.org
- Agricultural Conferences on Soil Health, Mar. 14, Haddam CT ctnofa.org/documents/Ag%20Conf%20poster.pdf
- RI Compost Conference & Trade Show, Mar. 16, URI Kingston, RI environmentcouncilri.org
- Soil & Plant Science Workshops, Mar. 21, 28 & Apr. 4, SCLT, Providence, RI; to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- RI Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training, Mar. 24, URI East Farm, Kingston, RI; Learn more here.
- Writing a Food Safety Plan training, Mar. 25, URI East Farm, Kingston, RI; Learn more here.
- The Basics of Agricultural Labor Laws, Mar. 25, Lebanon, CT cfba.org/event
- Pollinator Health for Agriculture & Landscapes, Mar. 26, Amherst, MA extension.umass.edu/landscape/events/pollinator15
- Feeding the Future, Mar. 27 – 28, CT College, New London, CT conncoll.edu/feeding-the-future
- Harvard Law School Just Food Conference, Mar. 28, Boston, MA https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/foodlaw
- Stone Barns Center – Poultry School, Mar. 28 – 29, Pocantico Hills, NY www.virtualgrange.org/poultry-school
- NOFA/RI Winter Conference, Mar. 29, Hope & Main, Warren, RI nofari.org/events/winter-conference
- ABC’s of Farm-Based Education, Mar. 28 & 29, Fort Collins, CO abcs-of-farm-based-education-fort-collins
- Farm to Institution Summit 2015, Apr.7 – 9, UMASS/Amherst farmtoinstitution.org/summit
- Wellscroft Fence Building Clinic, May 2 or 3, Chesham, NH wellscroft.com/fence
- RI Agriculture Day, May 28, Providence, RI
- Swiss Village Visitors Day, June 13, Newport, RI svffoundation.org
- Biological Control Conference, June 18, UConn, Storrs, CT
- Seed Savers Exchange Conference & Campout, July 17 – 19, Decorah, IA seedsavers.org/conference-2015
- NOFA Summer Conference, Aug. 14 – 16, UMass/Amherst, MA nofasummerconference.org/callworkshops
- Wachusett Farm Fresh Festival, Aug. 29 & 30, Wachusett Mountain, MA wachusett.com/Events
- International Master Gardener Conference, Sept. 22 – 25, Council Bluffs, IA mastergardener.unl.edu/imgc2015
- New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference, Dec, 15 – 17, Manchester, NH NewEnglandVFC.org
Other Events &Training
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 or call 203-308-2584. Register here.
Farm Commons – Farm Business Law Webinars
Plan for a stable, resilient farm business with 13 free Farm Law Webinars in 2015. There will be 8 Farm Law Basics webinars and then 5 new 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.
NOFA/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 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.
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series
Oregon Tilth, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s East and West National Technology Support Centers will present a webinar on Dec. 2: “Nutrient Budgeting: Organic Considerations for Implementing Conservation Practice 590″ Learn more here.
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.
Learn about other related training events, farmers markets and more at our web calendar here.