Spring Into NOFA/RI With On-farm Workshops!

Meat Processing, Meatworks Facility Tour
Sun, May 5, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

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The Meatworks Facility
287 State Road, Westport, MA 02790

Join this unique and educational tour of Meatworks, a USDA-inspected meat processing facility in Westport, MA. This is a state of the art facility designed to the highest animal welfare and humane handling standards, food safety standards, and full traceability. This tour should appeal to established and beginning livestock farmers, small scale farmers and consumers interested in learning more about animal handling and meat processing.

Sheep Management,
On-farm Workshop
Sun, May 19, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

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Butterfly Farm
679 Great Road, Lincoln, RI 02865

In this workshop, we will learn how to care for sheep at all stages of life, whether they are lambs or full-grown ewes or rams. The farmers will discuss choosing which breed(s) to raise, how to care for your herd with vaccinations and health care practices to prevent illnesses as well as how to breed them to increase the herd size and presence of certain genetic features.

Organic Strawberry ProductionOn-Farm Workshop
Sun, June 9, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
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Brandon Family Farm
592 Fairgrounds Road, South Kingstown, RI 02892

Learn successful strategies in organic strawberry production at Brandon Family Farm. Strawberries are both profitable and beneficial on small acreage farms because they fit well into vegetable rotations and can allow for intensive rotations. Farm owner, Alby Brandon, will discuss commercial organic production including planting strategies, fertility, pest management, day neutrals (full season strawberries) and rotation.

Livestock Used to Clear Land,
On-Farm Workshop
Wed, June 19, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
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Wild Harmony Farm
366 Victory Highway, Exeter RI 02822

Learn techniques on clearing land with the help of livestock. The use of livestock to clear land eradicates weeds and invasive species and prevents individuals from having to use heavy machinery or chemicals to do so. Ben and Rachael of Wild Harmony will discuss how each species plays a role in the clearing of the land and the benefits of utilizing livestock instead of other methods.

Find many certified organic vegetable, fruit and herb seedlings ready to transplant at these Spring plant & seed sales.
May 11 Casey Farms, Saunderstown, featuring Native Plants from RI Wild Plant Society
May 11 The Farm in RI, Chepachet
May 18 & 19 Southside Community Land Trust, Providence
May 11 Greenview Farm, Wakefield (Weekends in May)
May 18 Moonrose Farm At BlackBird Farm, Smithfield 
May 25 Moonrose Farm at Cluck Farm, Cranston
June 9 Native Plant Sale, URI East Farm, South Kingstown. RI Wild Plant Society
You can also shop organic plants at the following:
The Good Earth Organic Farm & Garden Center
Cedar Edge Farm, Wyoming  – offers organic transplants for your garden