NOFA/RI CRAFT Workshops
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conferences & Training
RI Compost Conference
March 10, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course
March 27, Connecticut College, New London, CT
RI Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training
April 2, East Farm, URI, Kingston
Newport Flower Show: Journey: Grand Vistas
June 27 – 29, Rosecliffe, Newport