Sandywoods Farm plans a high tunnel “Barn Raising”

"Barn raising" a high tunnel at Sandywoods Farm Sandywoods Farm “Barn Raising” a High Tunnel 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18, 9 a.m. Sandywoods Farm in Tiverton is planning an old fashioned  “Barn Raising” to install their NRCS high tunnel. If you’ve always wanted to know how to put up a hoop house, head over to Sandywoods Farm this weekend. Become an expert before you construct your own high tunnel. The high tunnel will extend the Community Garden growing season and provide additional agricultural opportunities for Sandywoods Farm’s unique community.

Lunch will be provided by Church Community Housing. Please register so we know how much food to bring for lunch. Learn more or sign up to lend a helping hand email Jessica Blackledge at info@easternriconservation.org or call 401-816-5667.

“Barn Raising” partners include:

  • Sandywoods Farm
  • Sandywoods Farm Community Garden Co-op
  • Church Community Housing
  • Eastern RI Conservation District
  • NOFA/RI

Winter moths pose threat to apples, pears and blueberries

As expected, winter moth eggs started to hatch in Kingston. I found one empty egg shell yesterday afternoon and 7 empty egg shells this afternoon. I think it would be a good idea to spray apples and blueberries in winter moth areas with an insecticide by Monday, April 21st. The tiny caterpillars are very susceptible to insecticide before they get into buds. For organic growers I said the only organic insecticide I knew would work was Entrust. Well, last night I was talking to an organic grower, and a couple of years ago I suggested he try Neemix to control winter moth. He said it worked great and that's what he's going to use this year. Good thing someone has a good memory! For non-organic fruit growers I recommend Imidan or Sevin. I've attached a picture of a couple of empty egg shells for those of you who are interested. Heather   --  URI Cooperative Extension hhf@uri.edu 401-874-2967 cell 401-256-7438

empty winter moth eggs

Update from Heather Faubert, URI Extension on April 18, 4 pm:

As expected, winter moth eggs started to hatch in Kingston, RI. I found one empty egg shell yesterday afternoon and 7 empty egg shells this afternoon. I think it would be a good idea to spray apples and blueberries in winter moth areas with an insecticide by Monday, April 21st.

The tiny caterpillars are very susceptible to insecticide before they get into buds. For organic growers I said the only organic insecticide I knew would work was Entrust. Well, last night I was talking to an organic grower, and a couple of years ago I suggested he try Neemix to control winter moth. He said it worked great and that’s what he’s going to use this year.

If you have further questions, conatct Heather at URI Cooperative Extension via email to hhf@uri.edu. You can also call the URI Extension office at 401-874-2967 or Heather’s cell at 401-256-7438.