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2017 Winter Conference

Sunday, December 3.  10 AM – 4 PM
A Grower’s Seminar with Roger Swain & Lee Reich
Hope & Main Building. 691 Main St. Warren, RI

Early Registration is encouraged as space is limited.

Join us for this special event with two nationally known experts sharing experience, techniques and humor in backyard and small farm growing.

Lee Reich will discuss growing methods and marketing potential for fruit varieties not well known but rich in flavor and good for organic and pesticide-free growing, as well as present best practices for no-till techniques.
Roger Swain, always informative and entertaining, will impart practical advice for backyard and small farms in the larger context of how gardening sustains us, personally and collectively.  With wit and wisdom, Roger both inspires and educates.

Registration rates from $45-65.  A limited number of scholarships are available, please email nofari@live.com to request.

Lee Reich, is an avid farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer), and spent years working in plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University.   His books include A Northeast Gardener’s YearThe Pruning BookWeedless GardeningUncommon Fruits for Every GardenLandscaping With Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally.
Roger Swain, who holds a doctorate from Harvard University, is known to millions from his years of hosting the popular PBS show “The Victory Garden,” and is easily recognized by his trademark red suspenders. He is the author of five books: Earthly PleasuresField DaysThe Practical GardenerSaving Graces, and Groundwork.

Sunday, December 10.  1 PM -3 PM
Winter Growing in Unheated High and Low Tunnels

Craft On-Farm Workshop Location: Roots Farm,
217 East Road, Tiverton, RI
Directions here.

Roots Farm is a certified organic, diversified vegetable farm in Tiverton, RI that focuses on year-round growing using an intensive growing style that aims to maximize efficiency on a small plot of land.  Roots farm is committed to organic farming, while also striving to produce the most nutrient-dense and best tasting vegetables possible.  In the Winter Growing workshop, Mike and Kelli Roberts will show the winter crops in their low tunnels and moveable high tunnels and discuss crop selection, rotation, planting schedules, and tunnel logistics.

Event is free.  Register here to hold your spot!

 2018 NOFA Winter Conferences

January 13.  NOFA/Mass Winter Conference.  

Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

January 19 – 21. NOFA-NY Winter Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY

January 27 – 28. NOFA-NJ Winter Conference
New Brunswick, NJ

February 17 – 19. NOFA-VT Winter Conference
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

NOFA/RI logoMarch 4.  NOFA/RI Winter Conference
Hope & Main Building, Warren, RI

March 10.  CT NOFA Winter Conference
Danbury, CT

March 18.  NOFA-NH Winter Conference
Concord, NH

Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events

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 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 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