‘No-Till’ Intensive Vegetable Production Growers’ Workshop

untitledLearn techniques for intensive growing vegetables using organic no-till practices from Bryan O’Hara, NOFA Organic Farmer of the Year and owner of Tobacco Road Farm in Connecticut. During this day long workshop Bryan will provide concise details for practical and cohesive methods for increasing yield,, extending the season and growing fresh greens, herbs and more year round.

Workshop is from 10 am  to 4:00 pm on Sunday , December 4th at the South Kingstown Land Trust Barn in South Kingston, Rhode Island. A lovely site to enjoy the workshop and plan new methods for a bountiful harvest.

Lunch will be potluck, so bring some to share!

Join us and learn! Register on our event page for Dec. 4th Bryan O’Hara Workshop!

Questions? Contact Ben Torpey at btorpey@gmail.com

 

Organic Livestock Advisors and Additional Organic Farm Advisors Sought

Organic Farm Advisors

Organic Farm Advisors

NOFA/RI seeks additional Organic Advisors to offer technical assistance to ranchers and farmers wishing to transition to organic production methods. Experienced organic ranchers and farmers will be paired with aspiring, new or transitioning ranchers and farmers who will provide assistance on these and other topics:

  • Farm and/or ranch planning
  • Marketing, business planning, record keeping
  • Soil health
  • Raised bed production
  • Cover crops and crop rotation
  • Pest and disease management
  • Greenhouse and high tunnel growing
  • Safe tractor, tool and implement use
  • Salad green production
  • Cut flower production
  • Growing herbs and producing herbal products
  • Livestock production and marketing
  • Fencing, rotational grazing
  • Pasture, forage health
  • Weed control
  • Post-harvest handling and marketing
  • Value added production and marketing
  • Marketing at Farmer’s Markets
  • Organic certification
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) assistance

Farmers receiving assistance may be working towards organic certification, or they may wish to produce their crops in a more sustainable manner.

Compensation and mileage reimbursement is available for Organic Advisors through a generous USDA Specialty Crop Block Program grant for farm viability via the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture and a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant sponsored by the Southside Community Land Trust. These grants allow NOFA/RI to offer this technical assistance at no charge to the Advisee.

Learn more about the Organic Advisor programs here.

Apply to become an Organic Farm Advisor here.

Apply to become an Organic Livestock Advisor here.

Organic Certification Cost Sharing Available

USDA organic logoBe sure to turn in your Cost-Share applications to the Rhode Island DEM, Division of Agriculture before the September 30, 2016 deadline.

Download the cost-share application forms, a list of eligible expenses and information here.

If demand exceeds the funds allocated by USDA to Rhode Island, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, contact Matt Green, Environmental Scientist, Plant Industry Section, Rhode Island DEM, Division of Agriculture via phone: 401-222-2781 ext. 4516, fax: 401-222-6047 or email: matt.green@dem.ri.gov.

USDA designates three counties in Rhode Island as a Primary Natural Disaster Areas

USDA LogoIn a press releases issued September 8, 2016, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Providence, Bristol and Kent counties in Rhode Island as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in these counties qualify for natural disaster assistance.

“Our hearts go out to those Rhode Island farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Rhode Island producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

Read more here.