Join Us On-Farm

NOFA/RI Welcomes a new season of On-Farm Workshops.

Our new workshop coordinator, Kate Goodson has been busy lining up local farms to host and share tips and techniques on a range of topics.

These NOFA/RI workshops are free and open to the public.  Be sure to check our Events page for more information.

On Farm workshops funded through USDA grants via the RI DEM and USDA grants via Southside Community Land Trust.  So grab you boots and meet us on the farm!

Diversified Livestock Farming: On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, April 15. 9 – 11 AM
Location: Windmist Farm, 71 Weeden Lane, Jamestown, RI 02835
Registration Free at this Eventbrite link.

The importance of diversified farming (the production of a variety of crops and livestock products to ensure farm stability) will be discussed.  Windmist Farm, located in Jamestown, grows variety of products, including: flowers, beef cattle, sheep, poultry and pigs. The farm believes in providing the community with a healthy and safe source of food. All meat purchased from the farm is naturally raised on grass.


Growing Ground Cherries:
On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, May 6.  9-11 AM
Location: Little River Farm 125 William Reynolds Rd, Exeter, RI 02822
Registration Free at this Eventbrite link.

Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi of Little River Farm will be discussing how to grow organic ground cherries. Ground cherries are fruits that grow on low hanging, bushy plants. These fruits are said to have a taste that combines pineapple, vanilla and cherry tomatoes. Yum! Each ground cherry plant produces hundreds of marble-sized ground cherries from the midsummer season until the autumn frost.

Little River Farm is a sustainable three acre farm in Exeter, RI that produces a variety of crops, herbs and flowers.


Tour Matunuck Vegetable Farm: On-Farm Workshop
Wednesday, May 16.  5  – 6:30 PM
Location: Matunuck Farm.
2236 Commodore Perry Highway
South Kingstown
Registration is REQUIRED for this Free at this Eventbrite link as space is limited.

This on-farm workshop consists of a behind-the-scenes tour of the USDA Organic Farm.  The Farm to Table mission statement comes full circle with fresh vegetables grown on Perry Raso’s own vegetable farm on Potter Pond in Matunuck, RI.  The vegetable farm received organic certification in 2015.

Matunuck Vegetable Farm is an organically certified vegetable farm in South Kingstown that uses various sustainable practices to grow an extensive assortment of crops.  Some of the highlighted practices include raised beds, row covers, and drip irrigation. During the winter months crops are grown in the greenhouse and under knee-high “low tunnels”.
In addition to growing fields of delicious organic produce, Matunuck Vegetable Farm is also known for their production of nutrient dense microgreens, or young vegetable greens, which are served on various dishes at Matunuck Oyster Bar.  Registration is required for this free event as space is limited.


Compact Farming: On-Farm Workshop & Potluck:
Sunday, June 3.  3 -5 PM
Location: Roots Farm, 217 East Road, Tiverton, RI 02878
Registration is Free at this Eventbrite link.

Mike and Kelli Roberts of Roots Farm will demonstrate tools and techniques for maximum production in an intensive small plot. The workshop will cover preparation of 30 inch beds, improving soil health for increased crop health as well as planting dates and spacing.

POTLUCK DINNER after the workshop!
Plan to stay and join in the fun. Bring your favorite dish to share with the farming community!

Roots Farm is a 1.3 acre certified organic vegetable farm run by Mike and Kelli Roberts in Tiverton. This diversified farm uses an intensive, year-round growing style with high tunnels and low tunnels that allows for maximum efficiency of the land acreage, while making a variety of nutrient dense crops available throughout the year.


Pasture Management and Grazing:
On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, June 10.  10 AM-12 PM
Location: Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown RI 02835
Registration is Free at this Eventbrite link.

This Pasture Walk at Historic New England’s Watson Farm in Jamestown will be led by Don Minto, Farm Manager, who has been managing Red Devon Cattle and sheep on these Historic grasslands for well over 35 years.  Don will discuss a range of issues with pasture management and livestock grazing.

Watson Farm is a historical 265 acre property that has been utilized as farmland since 1789. The farm is home to 100-heritage breed Red Devon Cattle, pigs, sheep, as well as various types of poultry.


Running a Profitable Poultry Operation: On-Farm Workshop
Thursday, June 21. 5- 7 PM
Location: Pat’s Pastured.  830 South Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818
Registration Free at this Eventbrite link.

This workshop will consist of a tour of the Pat’s Pastured poultry operation from the brooder and field shelter to the farm processing facility. Farm owner, Patrick McNiff will also describe how his farm systems have evolved over time and give advice to those who are just starting out and experienced growers on how to improve their operations and profitability.

Pat’s Pastured is a pasture-raised and free-range poultry and livestock farm run by Patrick McNiff in East Greenwich. The farm was founded in 2002 and is home to a variety of livestock and poultry, including: pigs, cattle, ducks, turkeys and chickens. Hope to see you there!


Farming No-till on Leased Land: On-Farm Workshop & Potluck
Wednesday, August 22.  5 – 7 PM
Location: Moonrose Farm.  684 Natick Avenue. Cranston, RI 02921
Registration Free at this Eventbrite link.

This two hour workshop will discuss the pros and cons of leasing land as well as advise others on how to grow diversified crops on a no-till farm.
This event sponsored with The Young Farmer Network.

POTLUCK DINNER after the workshop!
Plan to stay and join in the fun. What makes Young FarmerNights unique is that the focus of the events is on having fun and getting to know each other. Bring your favorite dish to share with the farming community!

Moonrose Farm is a chemical free farm and apiary that strives to feed the land and people while fostering nurturing relationships with the community through food, education and health. The farm is developed on leased land and encompasses a diversity of crops, flowers and honey bees that are hard at work.


 

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