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NOFA/RI CRAFT Workshops

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
Get directions here.
(To get to this urban farm please enter through the front of Galego Court, snake your way to the back of teh neighborhood 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 for, harvest, cure and store alliums. See the 2014 harvest and help plant next season’s crop. 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.

Conferences

See an international list of horticultural conferences at hortcalendar.com.

Other Events &Training

Online 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.

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

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
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.

URI Master Gardeners accepting applications for 2015 winter class, http://web.uri.edu/ceoc/uri-master-gardener-program  

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