On-Farm Workshops… Virtual in 2021.
Topics include soil fertility, urban farming, pathways to organic certification, weed control and cultivating equipment, as well as whole farm planning. The goal of NOFA/RI workshops is to increase the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace.
NOFA/ RI continues offering a wide range of farmer education 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 USDA grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture.
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.