CRAFT Workshops

CRAFT On-Farm Workshops

Sophie Soloway, Hocus Pocus Farms

The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) On Farm 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.

NOFA/ RI continues offering a wide range of On-farm workshops designed to increase knowledge, practices, and guidance on specialty crops issues.  NOFA/RI invites Rhode Island farmers to host these on-farm workshops. Host farmers receive a stipend for their program.  These programs are made possible by a USDS grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture.

Interested in hosting an On-farm workshop, please contact Sophie Soloway at sophiesoloway@gmail.com.

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, but all workshops have on-line sign up as a courtesy to host farms and in case of cancelation.

Our 2017 Spring and Summer On-Farm workshops include

  • Season Extension with Caterpillar Tunnels, April 22
  • Propagation and use of Heated Greenhouse, April 29
  • Sustainable Sod Workshop, May 17
  • High Tunnel Tomato Production, June 7 and
  • Compost Basics and Garlic Harvest, July 20th

To view our evolving workshop schedule, click here.

Robin Hollow Farm Greenhouse

Robin Hollow Farm Greenhouse

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’)

 

Cherry tomatoes at Wishing Stone Farm

Cherry tomatoes at Wishing Stone Farm