Thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, volunteers, attendees, vendors, Board members, and staff for helping to make the 5th Annual Winter Conference a success.

 

Keynote speakers Jennifer and Pete Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham, MA kicked off the day with a presentation on no-till, bio-intensive, regenerative agriculture practices.  Over the day, participants had nine different workshops to choose from and shared in a delicious potluck lunch.  Below, Ben Hewitt of Lazy Mill Hill Farm in VT presents about the Family Cow, Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge talk about practical no-till carbon farming, and Rick Hermonont, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm and Farm Credit East discusses the basics tools for a profitable livestock business.


Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course

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Presented by John Kenny, Big Train Farm and sponsored by NOFA/RI.

The seventh annual (2018) spring course for farmers, gardeners, and others interested in the world of soil and plant health and function. This course covers foundational and current soil science, crop science, and soil maintenance principles with a focus on organic-farming methodology.

 

What Days and Time? Two consecutive Saturdays:  March 31st and April 7th.  3pm – 7 pm.
Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell Street, Providence RI.
Learn more and resister here.


 

Join us as we welcome a new year of programs, events, workshops and outreach for Rhode Island organic farmers, gardeners, and consumers.


Mark your calendar for Sunday March 4th and NOFA/RI’s biggest educational event of the year.


NOFA Rhode Island’s 5th Annual Winter Conference will be held at Hope & Main, Warren, RI.

Join us for a full day of workshops.
Registration Now Open.

Currently accepting proposals for SPONSORSHIPS andand VENDOR requests.  Contact  nofari@live.com.


  NOFA Welcomes New Staff

Jason Valcourt joins NOFA/RI as both the 2018 Winter Conference Coordinator and as one of our newest Farm Advisors.  Learn more about our Farm Advisor Program  here.

 

Katie Steere of Deep Roots Farm will be the NOFA/RI Livestock Workshop and Advisor Coordinator.

 


  Free Legal Services for Farmers

Many farmers qualify for FREE legal services through the non-profit Legal Food Hub, www.legalfoodhub.org!  Legal Food Hub helps farmers with legal assistance and advice on a range of topics.  Planning to buy or sell to other businesses? Have questions about leasing land, even a handshake kind of agreement?  Do you have workers, interns or apprentices on your farm?  You may qualify for free legal advice.

The Rhode Island Legal Food Hub coordinator, Sumana Chintapalli, will be happy to speak with you, at schintapalli@clf.org, 401-228-1906.

  Do You Know the Cost to Farm?

How profitable is your farm?  Do you know?  A profitable crop is one that covers all business expenses with some money left over to pay the farmer.  Over the past two years, NOFA-NH, NOFA-VT, and NOFA/MASS worked with 30 organic vegetable farmers to determine the cost of production of vegetable crops commonly grown in the Northeast.

The data collected offers insight into farm practices that can impact your bottom dollar.  It’s no surprise that hand weeding time is the largest cultivation expense, yet the data show these costs can be significantly reduced using preventative weed control.

The project was sponsored by the USDA and you can review the eight fact sheets resulting from the project.  Click here to learn more.

NOFA/RI Receives DEM Grant

DEM Promotes Growth Of Local Farm Economy With Latest Grant Awards
 “Kudos to these grant recipients for their innovative efforts to strengthen markets for specialty crops and foster growth in this important economic sector,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. Grant recipients include: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI).

Funding supports NOFA/RI’s efforts to train and provide technical assistance to local organic farmers. Specifically, efforts will include targeted technical training, innovation sharing and business-skill building workshops, and organic farming educational conferences for farmers. Participating farmers also have access to an advisor to support them in producing high-value organic crops.