2018 Winter Conference is Sunday March 4th!
Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren, RI
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Join us for a full day of workshops with speakers locally known and nationally recognized.
Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA.
Featured in the award-wining documentary, “A Small Good Thing” Jennifer and Pete Salinetti have been farming together for over 16 years and have created a thriving farm and CSA business in the Berkshires. Woven Roots Farm focuses on bio-intensive growing using no-till and environmentally sound farming practices. For the past 15 years, Jen has taught classes and has lead garden education programs throughout New England and has been actively involved in the local food movement within the Berkshires. She is currently developing an education center at their homestead in Tyringham, MA. Jen holds a degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Herbal Studies and Pete has has a degree in horticulture.
NOFA/RI 2018 Winter Conference features workshops from Speakers:
Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA.
The Family Cow and The Nourishing Homestead
Spring Mushroom Season in RI
Look for a new 2019 edition titled Gourmet Mushrooms of the Northeast.
Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs
Growing Medicinal Herbs
Since 2001, Mary has taught classes on herbalism at local businesses, hospitals, universities, conferences and to special interest groups and non profits. Her programs were so popular that Mary started developing the Farmacy’s Herbal Education and Training Program. Her programs focus on herbal medicine, health justice and nutritional healing. Mary holds a teaching associate position at the Brown University Medical School, teaching Western Herbalism to the Integrative Resident Program.
Onions & Garlic Grown Organically
Chuck studied biochemistry and chemistry before taking a sustainable agriculture course, visiting a small farm run by someone not much older than him, and instantly realizing he had wanted to be a farmer his entire life. After many years of farming in Vermont, Chuck moved back to Southeastern Massachusetts with the goal of providing equal access to good food in more urban communities, and to be closer to family and friends. He started Freedom Food Farm in 2012.
Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge of Many Hands Organic Farm
Practical No-Till Carbon Farming
Julie, the Executive Director of NOFA Mass, and Jack, editor of NOFA’s “The Natural Farmer”, are in a unique position as educators and advocates of carbon farming as their farm is one of many to demonstrate that building soil makes both economic and ecological sense for farmers. Over the years, Julie has experimented with various tillage practices and can offer many insights to the challenges of moving to a no-tillage operation. Julie and Jack run a 70-person CSA, raise and sell pasture-raised eggs, broiler chickens, turkeys, beef, and pork, and operate a non-profit, Many Hands Sustainability Center.
Tools For a Profitable Livestock Business
After operating a dairy farm for over 30 years, Rick converted the farm to diversified agricultural including turkeys, chicken, pork, beef, misc. cash crops and agri-tourism. For over 20 years, Rick has held sessions to train those interested in records keeping, budgeting, business planning, financial and feasibility analysis, succession planning, business benchmarking and more. Rick is a Farm Business Consultant with Farm Credit East. He holds a BS in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.
Garden Like A Farmer