CRAFT On-Farm Workshops
The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) On Farm workshop series shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners. Host farmers discuss how to produce, harvest, handle, market and/or differentiate specialty crops.
Topics may include soil fertility, urban farming, growing and marketing, weed control and cultivating equipment, s well as whole farm planning. The goal of CRAFT worskhops is to increase the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace.
NOFA/ RI continues offering a wide range of On-farm workshops designed to increase knowledge, practices, and guidance on specialty crops issues. NOFA/RI invites Rhode Island farmers to host these on-farm workshops. Host farmers receive a stipend for their program. These programs are made possible by a USDS grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture.
Interested in hosting an On-farm workshop, please contact Kate Goodson at firstname.lastname@example.org
These workshops are free thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture which seeks to enhance farmers’ ability to grow and market their crops.
Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required, but all workshops have on-line sign up as a courtesy to host farms and in case of cancelation.
Our 2018 Spring and Summer On-Farm workshops include
- Growing Ground Cherries, Little River Farm, Exeter. May 6
- Tour Matunuck Organic Vegetable Farm, South Kingstown. May 16
- Compact Farming. Workshop + Potluck. Roots Farm, Tiverton. June 3
- Use of Cover Crops and Crop Rotation, Scratch Farm, Cranston, July 25
- Farming No-till on Leased Land. Moonrose Farm, Cranston. August 22
To learn more and register, click here to visit our EVENTS page.
Specialty Crops Training, as defined by this USDA-supported program, includes fruits, dried fruit, tree nuts, vegetables, nursery crops, Christmas trees, floriculture, cut flowers, honey, hops and turf grass production. Program participants learn how to enhance their market competitiveness with their specialty crops through: research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, “Buy Local” programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and/or reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental conservation, product development and/or developing cooperatives. See a full list of covered crops here. (Select ‘All Listed Eligible Crops’)