Spring Happenings at NOFA/RI

 NOFA/RI is busy planning our Spring and Summer line up of On-farm CRAFT workshops.

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.

These programs are made possible by a USDS grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture are are open and free to the public to attend.   Registration is required for each event.

Our host farms include Little River Farm. Matunuck Vegetable Farm, Roots Farm, Moonrose Farm and more.  Dates and topics to be announced soon.

Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course

March 31 and April 7th.  Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell Street Providence, RI

This is the 7th annual course for farmers, gardeners, and others interested in the world of soil and plant heath function taught by John Kenny, Big Train Farm.

The class was fantastic! There are a million theories on best practices of soil care. Each method that John taught was presented with the caveat that each farmer should practice whatever method works for them. He shared what he practiced at his own farm as well as the practices of major figures in the industry…”

NOFA/RI Scholarships are available!!!  

To ask for a scholarship or to register email John at bigtrainfarm@gmail.com.
For more information on John, the course or Big Train Farm, link here. 

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


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.