Our Events

2018 Winter Conference  

Look What’s New this Fall at NOFA/RI

Feeding People Year-Round: Winter Growing, Storage Crops & Grain

Date and Time: Sunday November 18, 2018. 
Hope & Main Facility, Warren, RI

Learn the different strategies employed at Freedom Food Farm, a 90 acre certified organic farm in Raynham, MA, used to feed people all year round.  We will discuss the equipment, infrastructure, and regulations involved in growing root crops, greens, grain, and beans, and preserving the summer abundance through canning and fermentation.

Organic Land Care: Sustainability for You, Your Business & the Environment

Date and Time: Sunday December 2, 2018.  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 
17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879
Cost: $25.00 ($15 NOFA members)
Register Here!

Learn ways to transition from traditional chemical land care to an organically based program, and steps you can take to become more eco-friendly in your landscapes.  More families and communities are looking to live and work in a chemical and synthetic-free environment. Armed with the right information, you can build a sustainable business with organic land care practices and contribute to a sustainable Rhode Island.

Frank Crandall, Horticultural Solutions, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and NOFA OLC instructor will present.  With 40 years of experience and author of 4 books, Frank shares his knowledges on everything from native plants to sustainability with a strong and practical emphasis on sustainable business practices.

Frank’s latest book, Global Warning:Saving our Future shows how we can learn from nature’s lessons and work to fight climate change with our actions.

2019 NOFA/RI Winter Conference
Sunday March 3

NEW LOCATION: Audubon Education Center, Bristol RI

Sunday March 3, 2019 is our 6th annual conference and we’re excited to announce we’re moving 1 mile down the street to the Audubon Education Center in Bristol.
We will still have a full day of workshops with nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture as well as influential speakers from across Rhode Island and southeast New England, networking sessions, our annual meeting and a delicious potluck meal. We’re busy working to plan a Winter Conference that will have something for everyone, be they a gardener, farmer or fan of organic foods.

NOFA/ Mass Food as Medicine Conference
January 12, 2019
Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
http://nofa mass winter conference

NOFA-NY Climate of Change Conference
January 18-20, 2019
Saratoga Springs, NY

NOFA-NJ Collaborate, Regenerate, Celebrate!
January 26-27, 2019
New Brunswick, NJ
http://nofanj winter conference

NOFA-VT Winter conference
February 16-18, 2019
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
http://nofa vt

CT NOFA Winter Conference
March 2, 2019
Danbury, CT

NOFA/RI Winter Conference
March 3, 2019
Audubon Center, Bristol, RI

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


We ask even for FREE events that you RSVP at the link provided. Last minute attendees are welcome!
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