What’s New at NOFA/ RI
FOR THE NOFA /RI WINTER CONFERENCE
MARCH 5, 2017
Calling all organic farmers and gardeners to join us at the NOFA/RI Winter Conference March 5th at Hope & Main, Warren, RI for a full day of valuable and practical information. Workshop speakers and topics will be posted here as they are confirmed. More information to come.
LIVESTOCK WORKSHOPS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Thanks to a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant, NOFA/RI announces its partnership with Southside Community Land Trust to offer livestock trainings and technical assistance beginning in 2017. NOFA/RI also will expand its advisor program to cover livestock- related technical assistance, with the addition of a NOFA/RI’s Organic Livestock Program Manager, Ben Coerper, of Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter Rhode Island.
Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) Farm Apprenticeship Program
Host farms: City Farm, Foggy Notion Farm,
Pat’s Pastured, & Sidewalk Ends Farm
Application Date: February 1, 2017
Apprentices will train full-time at one of four host farms: City Farm, Foggy Notion Farm, Pat’s Pastured, and Sidewalk Ends Farm. Hands- on learning of in-depth farm skills from their farm mentors is combined with farm tours, classes, and network- building meetings. Apprentices complete the program with not only technical skills, but also a broader understanding of farm conditions and connections to resources needed to begin a farming career.
For more information see Southside Community Land Trust Apprenticeship Program at www.southsideclt.org or contact email@example.com or mail to Laura Bozzi, Southside Community Land Trust, 109 Somerset St. Providence RI 02907.
NOFA/RI at Apple Workshop, Dec 2016
Experienced orchardist, Spencer Morris will discuss his strategy for planting apple trees at this site. Hear how fruit trees are grafted and Spencer’s approach to nursery production. Participants will plant apple trees, learn how to dig a hole, support, rodent-proof and otherwise provide for successful tree production.
Spencer Morris has managed apple orchards for over 10 years. Long Lane Orchard has 450 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees per acre.
December 11, 10:00 am at Long Lane Orchard. 76 Long Lane, Warren RI 02885
Dress for weather and bring a shovel.