Our Events

2018 Winter Conference

Spring Forward with NOFA/RI Events

All About VermicultureOn-Farm Workshop
Sun, March 24, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Register on-line here.
The Worm Ladies of Charlestown
251 Exeter Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852

Join us as we learn all about the red wiggler worms of Charlestown. Vermiculture is the process of using worms to decompose organic food waste which is then converted into a nutrient-rich material. The nutrient-rich material is then capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain plant growth. This method is simple, effective, convenient, and noiseless. It saves water, energy, landfills, and helps rebuild the soil.

  A note about our On-Farm Worskhops.  

Registration enouraged but not required. Last minute attendees welcome. Please dress for the weather and check this site for updates. Photographs may be taken at this event for NOFA RI and appear on our webpage. Sponsored by RI DEM via a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Diversified Livestock Farming & MarketingOn-Farm Workshop
Sun, April 7, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Register on-line here.
Windmist Farm, 71 Weeden Lane, Jamestown, RI 02835

Martha Neale, Windmist Farm owner and winner of the 2019 Edible Rhody Local Hero Award for Farmer/ Farm, will discuss the importance of diversified livestock farming, or the production of a variety of livestock products. Marketing will also be a key component of the workshop discussion, as labels, packaging and distributing are valuable in selling your products. Come learn how to run a successful livestock business and develop marketable products that fit the community’s needs from an enthusiastic farmer who’s been in the business since the 1960s.

Growing in Catepillar Tunnels, On-Farm Workshop
Thur, April 11, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Register here.
Little River Farm
125 William Reynolds Road, Exeter, RI 02822

Join us as we learn all about growing in caterpillar tunnels from farm owners, Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi. Caterpillar tunnels are easy to build structures that provide great protection from rain, wind, hail and snow, allowing for individuals to grow for more months of the year.

NOFA-NH Grow Well, Eat Well Conference
March 16, 2019
Concord, NH

Always check the weather before joining us on farm, and dress accordingly.  Check this page or nofari.org for potential cancelations.  Photographs may be taken at the event to be used for NOFA RI promotional material and appear on the webpage.

On Farm workshops funded through USDA grants via the RI DEM and USDA grants via Southside Community Land Trust.

Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events

Next NOFA 2018 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

Normal 4-day Course & Testing Cost: $695 ($650 for early registration – 2 months prior). Includes refreshments, lunches, course materials, and a printed copy of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care (6th edition) – the internationally recognized guide to organic land care practices.
  • November 2018 course in East Hartford, CT (Nov 12-15) register here

See an international list of horticultural conferences at hortcalendar.com and local events at semaponline.org/events.

On-line Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course
Consumer demand is increasing for organic lawn care. Boost your skills and reduce toxins in the environment. This 9-unit, non-college credit course is a complete introduction to managing grass and lawns organically and will cover how pesticide and fertilizer runoff harms water quality, provide technical training on organic lawn care practices, and discuss successful business and marketing strategies. Learn more at here .

Farm Commons – Farm Business Law Webinars
Plan for a stable, resilient farm business with 13 free Farm Law Webinars in 2015. There are 8 Farm Law Basics webinars and 5 Advanced Farm Law webinars. Learn, create and converse with farmers from across the country while applying the law to your specific situation. Learn more and register at Farm Commons.

Small Business Training
The Center for Women in Enterprise and the Small Business Administration offer classroom and on-line training. Learn more here.

NOFA/RI logoNOFA/RI Organic Farm Advisor
Organic Farm Advisors assist beginning or transitioning farmers with sustainable and organic growing, harvesting, processing and sales techniques, business planning or organic certification. Learn more about this free service here.

Young Farmer NetworkYoung Farmer Nights (YFN) Schedule
YFN connects farmers, aspiring farmers and farm allies from all backgrounds. This regional network and open to young and old. On-farm events often include a potluck supper and bonfire. Learn more and view the season’s schedule here.

NOFA/Mass Growing Webinars
View free webinars offered by NOFA/Mass on the final Tuesday of each month from 7 – 8 p.m. See future webinar topics and view past webinars here.

Plant and Gardening Fairs and Events
See the All Things Plants events calendar.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series 
Oregon Tilth and NRCS offer webinars on the first Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m Eastern Time. Learn more here.

Conservation Webinars
See a variety of resource conservation webinars for free, Topics include Soil Health, Cropping Systems, Bioenergy, Energy, Biomass, Energy Policy, FOTG & Planning, Fish & Wildlife, Forestry, Forest Management and Wildlife. Learn more here.

URI Master Gardeners
Learn more here.

URI Master Composters
Learn more here.

Learn about other related training events, farmers markets and more at our web calendar here