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.

Autumn Happenings at NOFA/RI

 

  Winter Growing On Farm Workshop 

Sunday, December 10.  1 PM -3 PM
Winter Growing in Unheated Low Tunnels at Roots Farm, Tiverton
217 East Road, Tiverton, RI
Directions here.

In this Winter Growing on-farm workshop, Mike and Kelli Roberts will show the winter crops in their low tunnels and moveable high tunnels and discuss crop selection, rotation, planting schedules, and tunnel logistics.  Roots Farm is a certified organic, diversified vegetable farm in Tiverton, RI that focuses on year-round growing using an intensive growing style that aims to maximize efficiency on a small plot of land.   Roots Farm also runs a Winter Farm Share Program.  This event is free and open to the public.


 A NOFA Thanks to Roger Swain

Roger Swain both entertained and educated on December 3rd at our Advanced Growers Seminar.  It’s rare to find someone with Roger’s qualifications, in-depth knowledge, hands-on experience, perspective and humor!  “He’s amazing in person, educational and inspirational and so quick witted.”

 

Roger spoke from a global perspective to narrow in on a local outlook and addressed a wide range of questions along the way.  It was unfortunate and a disappointment to all that LEE REICH was unable to be there for the day, but we look forward to planning a a future event with LEE.

NOFA would also like to give a big shout out and thanks to our President, Jan Martin for her efforts in making the day a success!



  8 Great Indoor Farmers’ Markets

November is here with temperatures falling, but you can still get local grown at these great indoor Farmers’ Markets.   Looking ahead as you prepare for your Thanksgiving meal there’s nothing’s better than a Rhode Island-grown turkey and farm-fresh potatoes, carrots, apples, cider and winter squash  They are all available at the winter markets.

The South Kingstown Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market in the Peace Dale Mill Complex at 1425 Kingstown Road (Route 108) in Peace Dale is open on Saturdays (check webpage for details).

The Coastal Growers’ Winter Market in 650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown at Lafayette Mill on Route 102, is open on Saturdays.

The Mount Hope Year-round Market at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The Mount Hope market is located at 250 Metacom Avenue in Bristol and operates indoors now throughout the winter.

The Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmers’ Market at Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hope Valley Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market, located above the police station in the Richmond Community Center at 1168 Main Street in Wyoming, is open Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In East Greenwich, the St. Luke’s ‘Arts And Farms’ Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market will be open every Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church located at Church located at 99 Pierce Street Street.  (401) 203-6559.

The Woonsocket Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market, located at the Thundermist Health Center at 450 Clinton Street in Woonsocket, is open Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. through June 30.

The Aquidneck Growers’ Market, now located indoors at Newport Vineyard and Winery in Middletown, is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The market is located at 909 East Main Road.

Earth Care Farm Selected for Organic Materials Bulk Order Pick Up Location.  Place Orders in January 2018

The Bulk Order Program is a great opportunity for purchasing all your organically certifiable farm, garden, and lawn care products.   Products include compost; potting soil; fertilizers; mineral amendments; tools for the farm and garden; animal supplements; and tuber, allium, and cover crop seed.  You save as it’s a collective buying program and you don’t have to pay for shipping.

NOFA members and non-members may participate. Whether you’re a small-scale gardener, large-scale commercial farmer, or anything in between, you can participate; there’s no minimum order.  Current NOFA members, or those who join or renew on the order form, will receive the price listed.  Non-members, please include an additional 10% to cover administrative fees.

The order is open every year during the month of January, from the 1st to the 31st.   This year orders will be delivered to several sites in MA and at Earth Care Farm, 89A Country Drive, Charlestown, RI.