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NOFA Summer Conference

10% Registration discount until Aug 2

August 8 – 10
UMass, Amherst, MA
NOFA invites you to the 40th Annual Summer Conference, featuring 200 workshops on farming, gardening, land care, nutrition and food politics. Attend full and half-day preconference workshops and visit over 100 exhibitors. This is a family-friendly event with conferences for children and teens, a country fair, and organic meals! Budget-conscious accommodations are available, including camping and dorm rooms.

This year’s keynote speaker, Elaine Ingham, is a soil scientist and researcher, teaching growers to foster microbial life in soils. Learn more here.


garlicAll About Alliums
September 10, 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Rain date: September 11, 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
New Urban Farmers, Galego Court, 483 Weeden Street, Pawtucket RI
(To get to our urban farm please enter through the front of Galego Court, wind your way to the back and park behind the 80/90 building on either side)

This family of plants offers many varieties from scallions and leeks to shallots and onions. Alliums naturally resist deer and rodent predation. Farmers Emily Jodka and Bleu Grijalva will discuss when and how to plant French Grey shallots and garlic and starting onions from seed. Learn how to care, harvest, cure and store your alliums. See the 2014 harvest and help plant next season’s and you may even learn to braid onions!

New Urban FarmA farm tour will include three geodesic dome greenhouses with an aquaponic systems. Emily will discuss the nitrogen cycle and the relationship between fish and plants.

Since the spring of 2010, New Urban Farmers (NUF) has operated their urban farm within Galego Court, a public housing community for families. Residents even have community garden beds to grow their own and NUF runs adult and youth programs during the season. The farm also has a mini fruit orchard and a “mushroom house.” The farm team also grows in Seekonk, MA and Warren, RI on over 20 total acres.

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

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

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

Small Business Training
The Center for Women in Enterprise and the Small Business Administration offer clasroom and on-line training. Learn more here.

HMI Now Accepting Applications
Holistic Management Internation is accepting applications for their Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the Northeast 2014-2015 Season for beginning women farmers in:

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine

Funded by the USDA/NIFA /BFRD this program is open to beginning women farmers and ranchers in the states above with less than 10 years of farming and ranching experience. While there is a small fee to join the program in the Northeast, scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance.

Program graduates will walk away with the network and the skills and confidence needed to build successful, sustainable agricultural enterprises. Our Holistic Management whole/farm ranch planning curriculum focuses on business planning skills, time management, soil fertility management, and profitable sustainable livestock and crop farming practices. Apply early as demand is high. Learn more and apply here.

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) 2014 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.

Small Business Training
The Center for Women in Enterprise and the Small Business Administration offer classroom and on-line training.
Seed Savers - RI events. summer 2014
Documentary Screening – ‘Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds’
Enjoy a FREE screening of the new documentary film, ‘Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds.’ Registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Saving & Sharing Seeds with Seed Savers Exchange
July 31, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
William H. Hall Free Library, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
In the days before seed catalogs, harvesting seeds for the next year’s garden was essential. Learn more and register 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
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

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.

Learn about other related training events, farmers markets and more at our web calendar here.