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2018 Winter Conference

Summer On the Farm with NOFA/RI Events

Livestock Used to Clear Land, On-Farm Workshop
Wed, June 19, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Register on-line here.
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.

Wild Harmony Farm is a diverse livestock and poultry farm in Exeter that was founded in 2012. The farm focuses on environmental stewardship and hosts turkeys, chickens, beef cattle, dairy sheep and pigs.An intensive rotational grazing system is used on the farm to maximize the health of the animals and the land. The land also contains a 2 acre orchard, 1/10 of an acre of vegetables, honey bees and maple syrup trees.

  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.

Pasture Management and Grazing:
On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, July 14, Time TBD. Registraion Open Soon.
Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown RI 02835

Don Minto, Farm Manager at Historic New England’s Watson Farm in Jamestown will share strategies for pasture management.  Don will discuss a range of topics including forage management strategies, rotational grazing, field renovation, grazing plans and pasture fertility.

Watson Farm is a historical 265 acre property that has been utilized as farmland since 1789. The farm is home to 100-heritage breed Red Devon Cattle, pigs, sheep, as well as various types of poultry.

Growing and Harvesting Garlic: On-Farm Workshop
Saturday, July 20, 1 -3 pm
Earth Care Farm
89A Country Drive, Charlestown, RI 02813. Registration open soon.

Learn all about growing and harvesting garlic at Earth Care Farm in Charlestown from the planting and harvesting procedures of garlic, including curing, weed maintenance and how to manage soil fertility and nutrients in the soil.

Operatering an Organic Orchard: On-Farm Workshop
Sunday, July 28.  Noon – 2 pm
Elwood Orchard, 58 Snake Hill Road.  North Scituate, RI 02857
Registration open soon.

Interested in starting a home or commercial orchard? Al and Jean Fuoroli, the owners of Elwood Orchard will dive deep into the process of owning and operating an organic orchard. Covered topics will include how to get started, potential challenges that you may face in your orchard as well as the benefits of choosing disease resistant tree varieties. Hope to see you there!

Elwood Orchard is Rhode Island’s only USDA certified organic apple orchard. The orchard is home to over 1,000 fruit trees, including apples, peaches, nectarines and Asian pears.

Growing for Food Insecruity: On-Farm Workshop
Thursday, August 8.  6 pm – 2 pm
Franklin Farm, 142 Abbott Run Valley Rd.  Cumberland, RI 02864
Registration open soon.

AUGUST 10-11 , 2019

Soil Health: On-Farm Workshop
September: TBD
Earth Care Farm
89A Country Drive, Charlestown, RI 02813. Registration open soon.

Winter Growing: On-Farm Workshop
December: TBD
Roots Farm, 217 East Road, Tiverton, RI 02878

Related Training, Webinars, Conferences & Special Events

NOFA 2019 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

This 30-hour, 4-day course for land care professionals and environmental educators offers a well-rounded curriculum which will cover organic land care principles, practices, design, and maintenance.

With this course, you will be able to implement organic practices in your work projects and will open up your business to a fast-growing market of customers and consumers who understand the benefits of an organically-managed property. At the end of this course, you will earn the trusted credential of being a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) which organically–inclined customers in the Northeast have come to view as the gold standard organic landscapers.

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.

For questions about attending the course, contact the CT NOFA office: 203-308-2584 or email Jeremy Pelletier at jeremy@ctnofa.org

See more related 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

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