Livestock Used to Clear Land, On-Farm Workshop Wed, June 19, 2019 Wild Harmony Farm Exeter RI 02822Learn 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.
Organic Strawberry Production, On-Farm Workshop
Sun, June 9, 2019
Brandon Family FarmSuccessful strategies in organic strawberry production at Brandon Family Farm were shared. 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.
Meat Processing, Meatworks Facility Tour
Sun, May 5, 2019, Meatworks Facility, Westport, MA
This workshop featured a 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 was targeted to established and beginning livestock farmers, small scale farmers and consumers interested in learning more about animal handling and meat processing.
Growing in Catepillar Tunnels, On-Farm Workshop Thur, April 11, 2019 Little River Farm, Exeter, RI 02822Join 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.
Diversified Livestock Farming & Marketing, On-Farm Workshop Sun, April 7, 2019 Windmist Farm, Jamestown, RI 02835Martha 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.
All About Vermiculture, On-Farm Workshop Sun, March 24, 2019 The Worm Ladies of Charlestown, North Kingstown, RI 02852Join 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. This method is simple, effective, convenient, and noiseless. It saves water, energy, landfills, and helps rebuild the soil.
Feeding People Year-Round: Winter Growing, Storage Crops & Grain Production. Advanced Grower’s Seminar.Saturday, Feb 9, 2019. 1:00-4:00 Hope & Main, 691 Main St. Warren, RIInterested in extending the season with winter growing on your farm or garden?Chuck Currie will be sharing different strategies on Winter growing and eating from the farm year-round, from planning, to tools, to preserving.
Farming Organic Panel Discussion – For Advanced Growers Sunday October 21, 2018. South Kingstown Land Trust Barn South Kingstown, RIThis panel discussion features 4 farmers with over 45 years of combined experience in organic and sustainable farming talking about their insights into the challenges and successes building an organic farm business. Is it a sign of the times that they are all women?Join Kelli Roberts of Roots Farm, Diana Kushner of Arcadian Fields, Camille Abdel-Nabi of Little River Farm and Sarah Turkus of Sidewalk Ends Farm and the Young Farmer Network as they share their approaches to organic farming with ample time for questions and discussion from the audience.
Organic Strawberry Production On-Farm Workshop Sun, September 23, 2018. Brandon Family Farm, South Kingstown, RI 02892Join us as we learn techniques for organic strawberry production at Brandon Family Farm. Over 1.5 acres have been planted with strawberry plants for the 2019 season to prepare for next season. Strawberries are proven to be both a profitable and beneficial crop on small acreage Rhode Island farms because they fit well into vegetable rotations, especially when planted using plastic-culture and can allow for intensive rotations. At this two hour workshop, farmers will discuss commercial organic production including planting strategies, fertility, pest management, day neutrals (full season strawberries) and rotation.
Farming No-till on Leased Land: On-Farm Workshop & Potluck Wednesday, August 22. 6 – 8 PM Moonrose Farm. 91 Valley View Dr. Cranston, RI 02921This workshop discussed the pros and cons of leasing land as well as advise others on how to grow diversified crops on a no-till farm. This event sponsored with The Young Farmer Network. Moonrose Farm is a chemical free farm and apiary that strives to feed the land and people while fostering nurturing relationships with the community through food, education and health. The farm is developed on leased land and encompasses a diversity of crops, flowers and honey bees that are hard at work.
Developing Raised Field Beds: On-Farm Workshop Sunday, August 19. 10 – 12 PM Hocus Pocus Farm. 87 Reservoir Road. Glocester, RI 02814At Hocus Pocus Farm, raised field beds were developed for preventing water runoff and disease transmission. Learn how to develop a raised bed by adding amendments, nutrients and compost and learn how to turn over the beds once a crop is ready to be harvested for the season. Soil health and fertility will also be discussed.Hocus Pocus is a small, chemical free farm in Chepachet, located on the property of the Listening Tree Cooperative, an organization and host that acts as a cooperative homestead and shares facilities with three farms. Hocus Pocus runs a local farm CSA and also sells their crops, seedlings and flowers directly to nearby restaurants and retail establishments.
Organic Fruit Tree Production: On-Farm Workshop Sunday, August 5. Noon – 2 PM Elwood Orchard, 58 Snake Hill Road. North Scituate, RI 02857Interested in starting a home or commercial orchard? Join us as Al and Jean Fuoroli, the owners of Elwood Orchard 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 run by Jean and Al Fuoroli. The orchard is home to over 1,000 fruit trees, including apples, peaches, nectarines and Asian pears. The orchard also grows gourmet garlic, pumpkins, winter squash and flowers during the season.
Berry Production On-Farm Workshop Sunday, July 29. 10 am – 12 noon Sweet Berry Farm 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown RI 02842.This workshop gives an overview of berry growing, including blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries and shares tips on selecting fruit varieties that have good flavor and grow well locally. Host farmers Jan and Michelle Eckhart will touch on netting systems, pruning and common diseases. Sweet Berry Farms practices IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and sustainable agriculture techniques. Learn about some of the natural and biological methods used to minimize insects and disease, allowing low or no spray. Jan will share how understanding the behavior of pests and can impact IPM methods.
Crop Rotation & Cover Crops On-Farm Workshop Wednesday, July 25. 5-7 PM Scratch Farm 35 Pippin Orchard Road. Cranston, RI 02921Learn about the importance of crop rotation as well as a number of reasons why you should be planing cover crops. Crop rotation is a systematic approach to deciding where to plant each crop in the garden from one year to the next. A crop rotation system helps manage soil fertility and is used to avoid or reduce problems with soil-dwelling insects as well as soil-borne diseases. Planting cover crops can help address a number of troublesome problems.
Growing and Harvesting Garlic: On-Farm Workshop Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:30 am -1:30 pm Earth Care Farm 89A Country Drive, Charlestown, RI 02813Learn 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.
Bovine Production: On-Farm Workshop Sunday, July 15, 2018 12-2 PM Stoney Hill Cattle Farm Charlestown, RI 02813An extensive tour of the livestock and poultry facility to see how the farm operates. After the tour, farm owner, Kim Coulter will be teaching the ins and outs of raising beef cattle. The lesson will include bovine diet and health, breeding and genetics, and cattle processing. In addition to this, product marketing and business techniques will be discussed.
Sustainable Flower Production: On-Farm Workshop Monday, July 9. 5:30- 7:30 PM Location: Robin Hollow Farm. North Kingstown, RI 02874At this on-farm workshop, farm owners, Mike and Polly Hutchison will give an extensive tour of the extravagant flower farm. The tour will include a look inside the greenhouses, flower coolers as well as a walking tour through the colorful farm fields. Hope to see you all there!
Running a Profitable Poultry Operation: On-Farm Workshop Thursday, June 21 2018. 6 – 8 PM Location: Pat’s Pastured. 830 South Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818This workshop will consist of a tour of the Pat’s Pastured poultry operation from the brooder and field shelter to the farm processing facility. Farm owner, Patrick McNiff will also describe how his farm systems have evolved over time and give advice to those who are just starting out and experienced growers on how to improve their operations and profitability.Pat’s Pastured is a pasture-raised and free-range poultry and livestock farm run by Patrick McNiff in East Greenwich. The farm was founded in 2002 and is home to a variety of livestock and poultry, including: pigs, cattle, ducks, turkeys and chickens.
Pasture Management and Grazing: On-Farm Workshop Sunday, June 10, 2018 Location: Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown RI 02835This Pasture Walk at Historic New England’s Watson Farm in Jamestown will be led by Don Minto, Farm Manager, who has been managing Red Devon Cattle and sheep on these Historic grasslands for well over 35 years. Don will discuss a range of issues with pasture management and livestock grazing.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.
Compact Farming: On-Farm Workshop & Potluck: Sunday, June 3. 3 -5 PM Location: Roots Farm, 217 East Road, Tiverton, RI 02878Mike and Kelli Roberts of Roots Farm will demonstrate tools and techniques for maximum production in an intensive small plot. The workshop will cover preparation of 30 inch beds, improving soil health for increased crop health as well as planting dates and spacing. Roots Farm is a 1.3 acre certified organic vegetable farm run by Mike and Kelli Roberts in Tiverton. This diversified farm uses an intensive, year-round growing style with high tunnels and low tunnels that allows for maximum efficiency of the land acreage, while making a variety of nutrient dense crops available throughout the year.
Tour Matunuck Vegetable Farm: On-Farm Workshop Wednesday, May 16. 5 – 6:30 PM Location: Matunuck Farm, South KingstownThis on-farm workshop consists of a behind-the-scenes tour of the USDA Organic Farm. The Farm to Table mission statement comes full circle with fresh vegetables grown on Perry Raso’s own vegetable farm on Potter Pond in Matunuck, RI. The vegetable farm received organic certification in 2015.Matunuck Vegetable Farm is an organically certified vegetable farm in South Kingstown that uses various sustainable practices to grow an extensive assortment of crops. Some of the highlighted practices include raised beds, row covers, and drip irrigation. During the winter months crops are grown in the greenhouse and under knee-high “low tunnels”.
Growing Ground Cherries: On-Farm Workshop Sunday, May 6. Location: Little River Farm 125 William Reynolds Rd, Exeter, RI 02822Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi of Little River Farm will be discussing how to grow organic ground cherries. Ground cherries are fruits that grow on low hanging, bushy plants. These fruits are said to have a taste that combines pineapple, vanilla and cherry tomatoes. Yum! Each ground cherry plant produces hundreds of marble-sized ground cherries from the midsummer season until the autumn frost.
Diversified Livestock Farming: On-Farm Workshop CRAFT On-farm. April 15. 2018 Location: Windmist Farm, 71 Weeden Lane, Jamestown, RI 02835 The importance of diversified farming (the production of a variety of crops and livestock products to ensure farm stability) will be discussed. Windmist Farm, located in Jamestown, grows variety of products, including: flowers, beef cattle, sheep, poultry and pigs. The farm believes in providing the community with a healthy and safe source of food. All meat purchased from the farm is naturally raised on grass.
Winter Growing in Unheated High and Low Tunnels Craft On-Farm Workshop Location: Roots Farm, Tiverton, RI Sunday, December 10 2017Roots Farm is a certified organic, diversified vegetable farm in Tiverton, RI that focuses on year-round growing using an intensive growing style that aims to maximize efficiency on a small plot of land. Roots farm is committed to organic farming, while also striving to produce the most nutrient-dense and best tasting vegetables possible. In the Winter Growing workshop, Mike and Kelli Roberts will show the winter crops in their low tunnels and moveable high tunnels and discuss crop selection, rotation, planting schedules, and tunnel logistics.
A Grower’s Seminar with Roger Swain & Lee Reich Advanced Growers Seminar December 3, 2017. Warren, RILee Reich will discuss growing methods and marketing potential for fruit varieties not well known but rich in flavor and good for organic and pesticide-free growing, as well as present best practices for no-till techniques. Roger Swain, always informative and entertaining, will impart practical advice for backyard and small farms in the larger context of how gardening sustains us, personally and collectively.Lee Reich, is an avid farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer), and spent years working in plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University. His books include A Northeast Gardener’s Year, The Pruning Book, Weedless Gardening, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping With Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally.Roger Swain, who holds a doctorate from Harvard University, is known to millions from his years of hosting the popular PBS show “The Victory Garden,” and is easily recognized by his trademark red suspenders. He is the author of five books: Earthly Pleasures, Field Days, The Practical Gardener, Saving Graces, and Groundwork.
Growing Medicinal Herbs for Value Added Product Craft On-Farm Workshop Location: Farmacy Herbs, August 3, 2017 Join Mary Blue and Glen Cory of Farmacy Herbs on their medicinal herb farm for a presentation about developing high quality value added herbal products. From harvest methods to drying to packaging and distribution, this presentation will cover the in’s and out’s of a small scale value added herbal company. Farmacy Herbs cultivates and wildcrafts herbs on local farms and on their 5 acre farm in Southern Rhode Island.
Earth Care Farm Compost Tour: Soil Fertility and Garlic Harvesting/Curing Craft On-Farm Workshop: Earth Care Farm , Charlestown July 20, 2017 This on-farm workshop will focus on soil fertility and garlic harvesting and curing at Earth Care Farm. We’ll see the farm itself and learn about Earth Care’s 17 years of garlic seed saving, as well as their composting operation.
Watson Farm Grasslands Management Forage Production for Grass Based Livestock On-Farm Watson Farm, Jamestown July 10, 2017 This twilight Pasture Walk at Historic New England’s Watson Farm in Jamestown will be led by Don Minto and Chris Dvorak, Farm Managers, who have been managing Red Devon Cattle and sheep on these Historic grasslands for well over 35 years. This discussion and tour will feature forage management practices that have evolved and been implemented on Watson Farm’s extensive grasslands.
High Tunnel Tomato Production Craft On-Farm Workshop Host: Brandon Family Farm, West Kingstown, RI Wednesday, June 7, 2017 High Tunnel tomato production is one of most profitable and important crops for small diversified farming operations. High tunnels extend the growing season and increase marketable yields. This workshop is open to all but is geared to commercial production, it will briefly cover the basics and focus more on advanced management. Experienced growers are welcome to share information so we can all improve our production systems.
Evolving Greens Wash Station at Wishing Stone Farm Craft On Farm Workshop Location: Wishing Stone Farm, June 19, 2017With FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and CAPS (community Accreditation for Produce Safety) compliance at our door step, we will analyze our wash room’s pros and cons and discuss food safety issues.Wishing Stone Farm’s growing methods are committed to sustainable agriculture and the protection of open space, while providing food for local communities.
Power in Your Numbers: Tools for a Profitable Livestock Business Blackbird Farm, 660 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI June 4, 2017Rick Hermonot, Farm Credit East Vice President and owner of the Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, will lead this practical workshop on how to build a profitable livestock farm business. At this CRAFT On-Farm workshop learn some basic tools to organize and simplify your records that help you make sound strategic decisions. The “toolbox” includes: Five Keys to Focus; Five Keys to Profit; Five-Line Income Statement; Five-Year Averages; and “DIRTI Five.”
Growing Sustainable Sod: Soil Fertility through Cover Cropping and Plant Diversity. Craft On-Farm Workshop Host Location: SODCO 264 Exeter Rd. Slocum, RI May 17, 2017At this CRAFT On-Farm workshop, attendees will tour Sodco’s acreage of Microclover Black Beauty and learn about methods in sustainable sod farming. We use eco-friendly soil fertility methods such as cover cropping and plant diversity to help our fields thrive. Learn how these methods can be applied on your farms and landscapes.This workshop was co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association and NOFA/RI via a USDA grant from the RI DEM.
On-Farm Craft Workshop: Propagation and Starting the Season in a Heated Greenhouse April 29, 2017. Casey Farm 2325 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, RI 02874You’re invited into the greenhouses to see how the growing season at Casey Farms begins. Learn about planning strategies for the growing season including greenhouse seeding schedule, hardening off, and transplanting dates.
CRAFT On-Farm Workshop: Season Extension With Caterpillar Tunnels. April 22, 2017 Little River Farm, 125 William Reynolds Rd, Exeter, RI 02822.This CRAFT on-farm workshop will focus on extending the vegetable growing season with caterpillar tunnels. There will be three segments: first a brief discussion of how Bob makes / uses caterpillar tunnels, and then a lengthy practical segment during which we move a tunnel(s), and finally a lunch potluck to discuss and socialize. We’ll be participating in the spring brassica planting.Little River Farm is a 3- acre Certified Organic vegetable farm located in Exeter, RI, founded in 2013 and owned and managed by Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi.
Livestock Workshop: What to Look For When Buying Livestock April 9, 2017 Location: Wild Harmony Farm, 366 Victory Hwy, Exeter, RI.Hosted by Ben Coerper & Rachael Slattery of Wild Harmony Farm, this workshop will cover important aspects of an animal’s physical characteristics, management practices, breed selections & relative value while purchasing poultry, sheep, pigs, & cattle. This workshop brought to you by NOFA/ RI thanks to a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant, in partnership with Southside Community Land Trust. Registration not required, but encouraged.
Apple Orchard Planting & Care December 11, 2016 10:00 a.m. Long Lane Orchard 76 Long Lane, Warren, RI 02885 Experienced orchardist, Spencer Morris, will discuss his strategy for planting apple trees at this site – every site is different. Hear how fruit trees are grafted and Spencer’s approach to nursery production. Learn to dig a hole, plant (do not throw the rocks back in!), support, rodent-proof and otherwise provide for the starts. Spencer will discuss his management practices (or lack of) for pruning and fruit production. Participants will hear about organic and traditional approaches and Spencer’s lessons in variety selection.Participants will plant apple trees. Spencer has planted trees during snow storms, so this workshopcould be even more fun than expected!Spencer Morris has managed apple orchards for over 10 years. Long Lane Orchard has 450 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees per acre. More than 35 apple varieties provide fresh eating, culinary uses and cider.
Growing and Harvesting Medicinal Roots Sunday, Oct.16, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Farmacy Herbs, 959 Hopkins Hill Road West Greenwich, RIAt this free CRAFT Workshop, Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs discussed cultivation, harvest and curing techniques for medicinal roots. Attendees learned hoe to prepare herb beds for winter’s rest and make nutrient-rich compost.
Organic No-Till and Intensive Vegetable Production: Tools and Techniques with Bryan O’Hara of Tobacco Road Farm December 4, 2016 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. South Kingstown Land Trust Barn 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879Part of the Advanced Growers Series, learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using organic no-till practices on a commercial scale from Bryan O’Hara, owner and farmer at Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. During this day-long workshop Bryan will provide mountains of details in the concise, practical and cohesive manner we have come to appreciate from him over the years. He will take participants through his whole production system which has been profitable and sustainable for over 20 years.Bryan and Anita Johnson have been growing vegetables on 1+ acres in Lebanon, CT for over 20 years. Bryan successfully converted his potato production to no-till methods several years ago. Bryan was named Organic Farmer of the Year at the 2016 NOFA Summer Conference.
Tractor Safety for Women July 31, 2016 Breene Hollow Farm West Greenwich, RI Co-sponsored by NOFA/RI and the RI Farm BureauGreg Breene, agricultural teacher, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor and Breene Acres Farm discussed safe operation and basic maintenance requirements of gas or diesel-powered farm tractors and implements. Training included tractor parts and tools identification such as a torque wrench, open-end wrench, flywheel, piston and starter. Participants learned safe procedures to attach and use common tractor implements including a seeder, harrow, tine weeder or manure spreader.This workshop was designed specifically for women. Attendees had the opportunity to drive a tractor.
Building Soil Fertility on 2 acres with Reduced Tillage, Cover Crops and Mulches June 29, 2016 Scratch Farm and Small State Seeds, Cranston, RI Co-Hosted by Young Farmer NightsBen Torpey of Scratch Farm discussed strategies for building organic matter and reducing weed pressure through undersowing cover crops, mulching with leaves and reducing primary tillage. He also touched on Scratch’s crop rotation and integrating small-scale seed production into a highly diversified vegetable farm.A Young Farmer Nights potluck supper followed the workshop.Scratch Farm is a two-acre farm near Providence, RI. One of seven independent farms on a 35-acre state-owned property managed with the Southside Community Land Trust, Scratch Farm grows a wide variety of sustainably-grown vegetables and fruits each year. Produce is available through CSA shares and to Providence restaurants through Little City Growers.
Little State Flowers Means Business in the Ocean State June 13, 2016 Little State Flower Company, West Kingston RI Co-Hosted by Young Farmer Nights Anna Jane Kocon discussed her experience starting a farm business in Rhode Island. Attendees heard about her search for land and arranging a lease. Anna explained how she markets her flowers Saturdays at the Aquidneck Growers Market in Middletown, how she retains her existing customer base and finds new customers.A Young Farmer Nights potluck supper followed the workshop.Based in Portsmouth, RI, Little State Flower Company specializes in seasonal, local cut flowers and plants. Anna Jane uses sustainable and organic growing practices to offer premium, specialty cut flowers to the floral design and event industry in Rhode Island and South Eastern Massachusetts as well as local retail consumers. Anna Jane started Little State Flower Company in 2014 with eight years experience growing flowers for other farmers. Anna Jane lives with her husband Bradley, two dogs, one cat and six chickens in West Kingston, RI Rhode Island Agricultural Day May 10, 2016 Rhode Island State House, Providence, RIRhode Island farms and farmers were celebrated at Rhode Island’s Agricultural Day. Visitors sampled great food and local products and meet the hard working farmers, producers and other advisors behind Rhode Island’s food system and green industry. RI Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit, DEM and partners commended state farmers and growers at the 15th Annual Ag Day at the State House. The recipients of the 2016 Local Agriculture & Seafood Act (LASA) grant awards were announced.Attendees met representatives from the organizations and agencies that support agriculture and food production across our state.Irrigation and Water Systems May 8, 2016 Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton, RITrevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH demonstrated setting up a small farm irrigation system using a variety of irrigation components. He discussed systems using commercial wells, surface water and movable pumps. Trevor demonstrated drip and overhead irrigation as well as a hybrid overhead options connected to drip line headers. He taught attendees “how to do the math” for their own farms.This free CRAFT Workshop was co-sponsored by the Young Farmer Network (YFN) of Southeastern New England’s Farmer Short Course series. See the 2016 YFN event schedule at youngfarmernetwork.org/events. Tractor Basics with Chuck Currie of Freedom Food Farm March 20, 2016 Casey Farm Saunderstown, RIChuck Currie, organic grower at Freedom Food Farm and retired NOFA/RI board member described the basics of tractor use, safety considerations, simple maintenance and standard farm operation. He demonstrate safely switching implements. Lindie Markovich, farm manager at Casey Farm demonstrated appropriate techniques for efficient farm tractor use.Chuck ran Freedom Food Farm in Johnston from 2012 – 2014 then moved to Raynam, MA. The farm offers healthy, nutritious food to members of the community throughout the socioeconomic spectrum. The farm uses organic and biodynamic principles, striving to model natural ecological cycles. Donating produce and offering a sliding scale for CSA shares ensure the whole community access to this nutritious food. Freedom Food Farm also sells at five Farmers Markets and through Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Market Mobile. The farm produces a wide range of products including vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, hay, straw, eggs, chicken, pork, bedding plants and value added vegetable products.Casey Farm raises certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers for a 175 member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. On Saturdays from May through October, Casey Farm hosts the Coastal Growers Farmers Market with local meats, seafood, fruit, vegetables, flowers and artisan products.Casey Farm was established in 1702. This 300-acres property is managed by Historic New England whose mission is to serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage.“This workshop was co-hosted with the Young Farmer Network as part of their Southeastern New England’s Farmer Short Course series. See the 2016 YFN event schedule here. YFN’s Farmer Short Course series was funded by a partnership with the New England Farmers Union Education Foundation through a Rural Business Development Grant. This organization is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Turn Seeds into Profits March 8, 2016 Chase Farms Portsmouth, RIParticipants saw one of the first mechanical seeders in commercial production – still going strong. NOFA/RI Board President, Jan Martin worked the repotting line. participants saw creative solutions to tedious chores like moving hundreds of trays and flats with a plant “trolley” and repurposed golf ball racks. The Chases maximize space efficiency with rolling benches and stack trays for delivery in their Blue Begonia Bus – a repurposed soda delivery truck.Harry Chase demonstrated that with good seed treated right, growers can produce strong, healthy plants. Participants heard successful propagation techniques from growers Harry and Sam Chase at Chase Farms. This behind-the-scenes tour of a successful wholesale annual and perennial nursery grows in 25 greenhouses and high tunnels making it the “largest grower in the smallest state.” The Chases and their customers practice environmentally conscious cultivation. Tractor Safety Feb. 29, 2016 Casey Farms Saunderstown, RIParticipants learned safe procedures to attach and use common tractor implements including a seeder, harrow, tine weeder or manure spreader.Winter Conference: Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People Feb. 28, 2016 Hope & Main Warren, RIWorkshop topics included Intensive Growing, Soil Health and Carbon Farming, Composting, Cover Crops, Seed Saving, Nutrient Dense Growing, Community Gardens, GMO Labeling, Macrobiotics and more. This Winter Conference offered sessions for gardeners, farmers and fans of organic foods. Learn more about the conference here.Thank you to our generous sponsors: Hope & Main, Farm Credit East and the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture via a USDA Specialty Crop Grant. Root to Shoot Farming and Creating the Chef’s Garden Indie Growers at Mount Hope Farm, Bristol, RI January 30, 2016To squish or not to squish…that is the question! Lee Ann Freitas of Indie Growers shared over ten years experience with greenhouse growing, opening her greenhouse and sharing tips on insect and pest identification. Lee Ann shared her unique and holistic approach to growing she calls “Root to Shoot.” She discussed small space gardening and essential herbs for creating your own unique and flavorful garden. This workshop offered 1 NOFA AOLCP reaccreditation hours. Indie Growers is located in the greenhouse behind the Mount Hope Farmers Market in Bristol, RI. Indie Growers is a purveyor of unique greens, vegetables, herbs and edible blossoms. Find Indie Growers products at James Beard Award winning restaurants and fine food establishments in Boston and Providence. All Indie Growers products are grown sustainably, independent of chemicals. Six-Figure Farming for Small Plots: Essential Tools & Techniques for the Small Scale Organic Vegetable Growers Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of The Market Gardener November 21, 2015 Hope & Main, Warren, RIJean-Martin Fortier is one of Canada’s most recognized and influential organic growers. He is the author of The Market Gardener: A successful grower’s handbook for small-scale organic farming shared the techniques, tools and appropriate technology that makes his 1.5 acre market garden productive and profitable.Jean-Martin’s workshop offered in-depth instructions on intensive production methods to optimize a cropping system.Jean-Martin Fortier is the founder of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm known for its high productivity and profitability using low-tech, high-yield methods of production. A leading practitioner of biologically intensive cropping systems, Jean-Martin has facilitated more than fifty workshops and conferences in Europe, Canada and the US promoting the micro-scale farming as an alternative lifestyle. Thank you to the many generous individuals, growers and producers who donated food for our delicious local lunch.
- Barden Family Farm
- Bellucchi’s Best Biscotti
- Fox Point Pickles
- Freedom Food Farm
- Good From Grown
- Groovy Food Folks
- Hope & Main
- Just Yummy popcorn snack (and it’s yummy, yummy)
- Leah’s Recipe
- Jan & John Martin
- RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture via a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Grant.
- Sacred Cow Granola
- Scratch Farm
- We Share Hope
- Laura Willson
- Wishing Stone Farm
- The importance of collecting, saving and propagating genetically diverse local seed to create biodiverse and resilient landscapes.
- Using native plant communities as a model for ecological horticulture using design examples from the late 19th century and today’s practitioners.
- Techniques to help landscapes expand and thrive using existing plant material.
- Regional panelists shared rewards and responses to the challenges, of propagating locally native plants for conservation and design.
- Planning for Profit: a step by step guide to increase your net profit
- Making a Profit on YOUR farm: what is making money and what isn’t
- Your marketing strategies
- The Efficient Farm Office: humorous skits and demos outline best practices
- Key farm financial statements: what they are, why they are important, and how they relate to each
- Employee management
- Quick business fixes
Herbs can be used to make extracts (tinctures), fluid extracts, infusions, decoctions, syrups as well as salves, infused oils and skin creams. Mary Blue discussed cultivation techniques, harvesting at the optimum growth stage and how to dry and process herbs. She also demonstrated making nutrient-rich compost tea and its application.How to put up a High Tunnel May 18, 2014 Sandywoods Farm, Tiverton, RISandywoods Farm hosted an old fashioned “Barn Raising” to install their NRCS high tunnel. Participants leaned how to assemble a Rimol Northeaster high tunnel and theimportance of level ground. The high tunnel will extend the Community Garden growing season and provide additional agricultural opportunities for Sandywoods Farm’s unique community.Lunch was provided by Church Community Housing. Co-sponsors included:
- Sandywoods Farm
- Sandywoods Farm Community Garden Co-op
- Church Community Housing
- Eastern RI Conservation District
- Physiological and overall tree information
- Healthy Fruit newsletter (annual fee)
- Scaffolds (free)
- General peach management is from a southern source. Please read and adjust accordingly.
- Biodynamic preps, biological inoculants, & residue digestion
- Cover crops
- Soil amendments & mineralization
- Winter high tunnel fertility management
- Goal Setting and Business Decision Making
- Growers’ Seasonal Tour Panel
- Crop Planning and Record Keeping
- Update on American Grown program
- Marketing Strategies and Implementation: Examination of Two Marketing Styles
- Tricks of the Trade
- Getting the Most Stems from your Plant Choice
- USDA and Farm Service Agency Microloans
- Tour of Robin Hollow Farm
- Dr. Richard Bonanno, farmer and President of Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation. Dr. Bonanno owns and manages his family farm, Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen, MA and is an Adjunct Professor at the UMass/Amherst, Plant, Soil and Insect Science Department with responsibilities in food safety issues. Dr. Bonanno is also a Senior Extension Specialist at the University of Massachusetts Extension responsible for vegetable and small fruit weed management.
- Jack Kittredge, farmer, NOFA/Mass Policy Director and Editor of “The Natural Farmer.” Jack Kittredge and his wife Julie Rawson operate Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, MA. Julie is the Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass). Kittredge led a coalition of farmers and environmental groups in a lawsuit against Monsanto Company to challenge the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed. The suit seeks protection in case of (accidental) GMO seed contamination.
- Skip Paul, farmer and educator, Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton, RI. Skip Paul and Liz Peckham operate a 50-acre GAP and organic certified farm. Skip was instrumental in forming NOFA/RI and is a regular speaker and workshop leader at his farm and across southern New England.
- Roger Noonan, organic farmer at Middle Branch Farm, New Boston, NH and President of New England Farmers Union. Noonan is a founding board member of Local Harvest CSA and a Legislative Affairs Committee member for NH Farm Bureau Federation.
- Beets (chenopods & roots)
- Onions (alliums & bulbs)
- Spring Cabbage (brassicas & leaves)
- Tomatoes (nightshades & fruits)
- Winter Squash (cucurbits & fruits)
- Soil Fertility slides
- Soil Fertility slides – 6 slides per page
- Soil Fertility Recommendation Worksheet