The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop series shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners. Host farmers discuss how to produce, harvest, handle, market and/or differentiate specialty crops.
Topics may include soil fertility, urban farming, growing and marketing, weed control and cultivating equipment, s well as whole farm planning. The goal of CRAFT worskhops is to increase the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace.
These workshops are free thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture which seeks to enhance farmers’ ability to grow and market their crops.
Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. To view our evolving workshop schedule, click here.
Specialty Crops Training, as defined by this USDA-supported program, includes fruits, dried fruit, tree nuts, vegetables, nursery crops, Christmas trees, floriculture, cut flowers, honey, hops and turf grass production. Program participants learn how to enhance their market competitiveness with their specialty crops through: research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, “Buy Local” programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and/or reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental conservation, product development and/or developing cooperatives. See a full list of covered crops here. (Select ‘All Listed Eligible Crops’)
NOFA/RI invites Rhode Island farmers to host CRAFT workshops. Host farmers receive a stipend for their program. Hosts may apply a portion of their stipend toward NOFA/RI membership or renewal.
Interested CRAFT Workshop hosts should contact Sophie Soloway at email@example.com.