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Events: October 2006

Preserving the Bounty: Culinary Workshop

Sunday, October 1 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM | East Greenwich, RI | directions | website

Chef Eve Formisano returns to the farm for another workshop in her 2006 culinary series. Chef Eve will educate the participants on techniques for preserving the bounty of Ledge Ends long beyond the growing season. This workshop will include observing Chef Eve as she prepares and explains creative ideas for bringing a bit of summer flavor into the winter months. This will include tastings of her creations as well. If you are a member of a CSA or have a home garden and want to make greater use of summer’s bounty this workshop will be a fun and educational experience.

The public is invited to attend this program and pre-registration is required. There is a fee of $15 per person for this workshop.

Hosted by Ledge Ends Produce at the Briggs/Boesch Farm: 830 South Rd, East Greenwich, RI.

Contact Trish Garland at (401) 884-5118 or by e-mail for more information.

Bridging Borders Toward Food Security

Saturday, October 7 9:30AM - Wednesday, October 11 8:00PM | Vancouver, BC | directions | website

10th Annual Meeting of the Community Food Security Coalition. Wide range of workshops, field trips, plenaries and networking opportunities at the largest gathering of food security advocates and food systems thinkers across North America.

Hosted by Community Food Security Coalition at the Sheraton Wall Centre: 1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC.

Contact Maya or Natalie at (310) 822-5410 for more information.

Northeast Community Herbal Convergence

Saturday, October 14 12:30PM - Sunday, October 15 3:30PM | Attleboro, MA | directions | website

Come celebrate National Herb Day in the gardens at Seven Arrows. Saturday classes throughout the day on the following topics and more:
* Plant walks
* Medicine making
* Common health complaints
* Herbal Activism

Live music, potluck lunch, merchants, food, kids activities, barter fair and more!

Sunday - Community Day
Volunteer to work on the medicine trail or participate in a community herbalist and activist round-table discussion. Topics will include; free clinics, strengthening the herbalist network in the northeast through herbal activism, and how to make herbal education more accessible.

Price: $15.00 to $50.00 (Sliding Scale)
Lodging: Camping available

Hosted by Seven Arrows Herb Farm at the Seven Arrows Herb Farm: 346 Oakhill Avenue, Attleboro, MA.

Contact Mary Blue at (508) 399-7860 or by e-mail for more information.

Great Barns of Glocester Self Guided Tour

Saturday, October 14 | 1:00PM - 7:00PM | Chepachet, RI | directions | website

Explore the hidden gems of Glocester! Visit 12 barns representing a range of styles, ages and uses. From horse barn to sheep farm, workshop to retail shop, Great Barns of Glocester allows a peek inside some of the town’s oldest and newest barn structures. Tickets are $10, ($20 max per family) and benefit Glocester-Manton Library. Purchase tickets and pick up your tour map on Saturday, October 14, at the Library, 1137 Putnam Pike (Route 44), right in the village of Chepachet. For more info, call 568-6077.

Hosted by Glocester Manton Public Library at the Begins at Glocester Manton Public Library: 1137 Putnam Pike (route 44), Chepachet, RI.

Contact Gayle at (401) 568-6077 or by e-mail for more information.

Apple Fest: A Fall Harvest Celebration

Sunday, October 15 | 12:00PM - 9:00PM | Greenville, RI | directions

Looking for a traditional New England experience this fall? Join Henry Steere Orchards, of Greenville, RI, as we hold the second annual APPLE FEST: A Fall Harvest Celebration on Sunday, October 15, from 9 am to 6 pm. The festival will take place rain or shine on the orchard grounds at 150 Austin Avenue (off of Rt. 44), and will feature live music by the Boss Road String Band, free samples of apples and baked goods, an exhibit on the various apples’ histories and uses, and a jam sale, along with the pick-your-own apples and horse-drawn hayrides that the orchard offers regularly.

The Boss Road String Band, a lively local band with an old-timey sound, plays traditional American music from 1-4 pm. There is no admission fee. Scenic horse-drawn hayrides through the apple orchards will take place between noon and 5 pm, and may be combined with apple picking for a discounted rate. Pick-your-own-apples will be available throughout the day. The orchard will be offering free samples of apples, baked goods, and recipes, as well as apple pies, apple crisps, apple cakes, hot mulled cider, and other apple treats for sale. In addition to the baked goods offered for the festival, the orchard will have available all of the regular products that can be found there all season, including pumpkins, candy and caramel apples, jams, jellies, fruit butters, salsas, local Rhode Island honey and maple syrup, mums, squash, gourds, hay bales, Indian corn, sweet cider, apple crisp mixes, and of course, apples of all kinds!

Hosted by Steere Orchard at the Henry Steere Orchard: 150 Austin Ave., Greenville, RI.

Contact Maryellen Snyder at (401) 949-1456 for more information.

Banking on Biodiversity: The Ecological and Socio-Economic Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture

Saturday, October 28 | 12:00PM - 8:00PM | Keene, NH | directions | website

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together farmers, activists, educators and conservation biologists to discuss ways in which agricultural systems can benefit both human and non-human ecological communities while remaining economically viable for farmers.

Hosted by Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation at the Antioch University New England: 40 Avon St, Keene, NH.

Contact Christine Armiger at (800) 553-8920 x348 or by e-mail for more information.