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Events: March 2006

East Bay Pesticide Water Quality Workshop

Wednesday, March 1 | 12:00PM - 3:30PM | Portsmouth, RI | directions

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome - Ken Ayars Chief Divison of Agriculture
9:10-10:00 Herbicides in East Bay Water Resources- Eugene Pepper- RIDEM/Ag/Pesticide Program
10:00 - 10:10 Break
10:10- 10:40 Pesticide Updates - Elizabeth Lopes-Duguay - RIDEM/Ag/Pesticide Program
10:40-11:15 Current and Potential Nursery and Crop Pests Update - Matt Green, RIDEM/Ag/Nursery Program
11:15-12:00 Precision Farming with GPS - Jesse Rodriguez, Rhode Island Nurseries
12:00-12:30 Genetically Modified Crop and Pesticides - Tom Sandham- ERICD

Hosted by RI DEM Division of Agriculture at the Portsmouth Town Hall: 2200 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI.

Contact Gene Pepper at 401-222-2781 x4512 for more information.

Soil: Fertility & Preparation

Wednesday, March 1 9:00PM - Thursday, March 2 12:00AM | Cranston, RI | directions | website

We'll discuss soil testing methods, soil preparation, and provide a list of our favorite fertilizers. Advanced Growers' Workshop for experience growers to strengthen their skills.

Pre-registration: $12/workshop or $50 for 5 workshops. At the gate: $15/workshop.

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the Urban Edge Farm: 31 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI.

Contact Kiera at 401-273-9419 x28 for more information.

Cut Flower Business and Production Workshop

Thursday, March 2 | 12:00PM - 6:00PM | East Wareham, MA | directions

Workshops include: Planning a Successful Outdoor Cut Flower Operation; Solving Disease Problems Common to Outdoor Flower Production; Making the Decision to Transition Your Business; Managing Thrips and Other Common Insects on Outdoor Cuts; Grower Panel. Led by Lois Stack of UMaine, Paul Lopes and Bess Dicklow of UMass, and Jon Jaffe of First Pioneer.

Registration is $15 and optional lunch is $15.

Hosted by SEMAP at the UMass Cranberry Station: 1 State Bog Road, East Wareham, MA.

Contact Sarah Kelly at 508-295-2212 x50 or by e-mail for more information.

Pickle-making and Lacto-Fermenting Workshop

Saturday, March 4 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions | website

Lacto-fermentation is the original and a healthy way of making pickles, sauerkraut, kimchee, and many other traditional foods. We will learn health benefits and make a batch of sauerkraut to take home and also sample some other fermented foods. Seth Travin has made sauerkraut for over 8 years and works at the SauerKraut Cellar at Hawthorne Valley Farm and sells to the Berkshire Mountain Coop.

NOFA Members: $20 Non-members: $25

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Berkshire Coop: 42 Bridge St, Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Tom Szekely at 781-894-4358 or by e-mail for more information.

1-on-1 Business Assistance for Agricultural Enterprises

Tuesday, March 7 | 11:30AM - 6:00PM | Fall River, MA | directions

One hour slots from 8:30 to 3pm. Do you have questions about your farm business that you would love to ask an agricultural advisor in a confidential setting? Six topic areas:

Estate planning and farm transfer issues: Rick Hermonot (First Pioneer Farm Credit). Topic areas might include wills, trusts, estate taxes, farm succession planning.
Tax planning: Jon Jaffe (First Pioneer Farm Credit). Ask specific questions for 2005 or plan ahead for next year.
Record keeping and accounting: Rick Connole (private consultant), Topic areas might include how to get started or how to get better, what software to use, troubleshooting.
Borrowing and credit: (Consultant TBA) Ask about the mechanics of applying for a loan, what lenders look for, what records do you need.
Crop insurance: Colleen Kisselburgh (Arthur Carroll Crop Insurance Agency) Find out how crop insurance may benefit your operation; calculate premiums for your farm.
Business planning and business structure: Ray Belanger (Fish Park Consulting). Topic areas might include how to create or update a business plan, comparing business structures.

Registration is FREE, but sessions are first-come first-serve with a February 24 deadline.

Hosted by SEMAP / MDAR / New England Small Farm Institut at the UMass Dartmouth Fall River Professional & Continuing Education: 139 South Main St., Fall River, MA.

Contact Warren at 413-323-4531 for more information.

Outdoor Production of Leafy Greens in the Winter Under Row Covers

Friday, March 10 | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Lebanon, CT | directions

Hosted by Bryan O'Hara

Each year, Tobacco Road Farm has one acre under row covers for the production of leafy greens through the fall and winter. Bryan has been able consistently over the years to produce and market greens through Thanksgiving and then starting again at the beginning of March. (This year, he continued harvesting through December, made some deliveries in January, and then started full production again at the beginning of February.)

At this on-farm meeting, we will see and discuss:
… Aggressive use of low hoops and various row covers to stretch the harvest season as far as possible
… Management of the covers, including tricky issues about how to hold them down, how to harvest, how to deal with snow
… Bryan¹s bedding system and mechanization
… His breeding program to select for winter hardiness and other valuable traits in Brassica greens samples of seeds to try will be available!
… Management of winter weeds especially chickweed
… Deer management
… Flea beetles and other insects

Phone number at the farm: 860-423-4834

Hosted by Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station / UMass at the Tobacco Road Farm: 373 Tobacco St, Lebanon, CT.

Contact Kim Stoner at 203-974-8480 or by e-mail for more information.

Land & Water Conservation Summit

Saturday, March 11 | 11:15AM - 7:30PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

This day-long conference will provide Watershed Council & Land Trust & Board Members, staff, volunteers, municipal commission members and others interested in land and watershed conservation with the information, skills, and connections needed to be most effective.

Attend 3 workshops from 30 offered during the summit. Speakers include State Senator Susan Susnowski, State Rep. Eileen Naughton and keynoter Bill Struever. Bill will speak on "Urban Redevelopment & Conservation". Registration is $40 and includes lunch and breaks.

Hosted by RI Land Trust Council and RI Rivers Council at the URI Memorial Union: Upper College Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Rupert Friday at 401-331-7110 x39 or by e-mail for more information.

Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Conference

Saturday, March 11 | 11:30AM - 7:45PM | Windsor, CT | directions | website

Workshops on growing, technical skills, markets, energy and food systems: for anyone who eats food, uses energy or cares about the environment. Keynote speaker, James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency.

For meeting our nutritional needs while also providing important ecosystem and educational services in our communities, saving energy and combating climate change, nothing beats local organic production, in gardens and on farms, every where.

Registration is between $20-50 and can be done online.

Hosted by CT-NOFA at the Windsor High School: 50 Sage Park Road, Windsor, CT.

Contact Jennifer Brown at 203-888-5146 or by e-mail for more information.

Transferring the Farm Workshop

Thursday, March 16 | 11:45AM - 6:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions

Transferring the Farm is a day-long workshop offered in 4 locations across New England. The workshop will help farmers and farm families make informed decisions about
transferring the farm to a next generation. Each workshop will address retirement and estate planning, legal strategies to protect assets, tools you can use to transfer farm assets, and setting your farm transfer goals.

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the day of conference. Registration costs $15 per person, or $25 if after March 6.

Hosted by URI Cooperative Extension at the URI University Club: 95 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Ernest Morreira at 401-874-4280 or by e-mail for more information.

RI Farm Ways Professional Development Series: Session 2

Monday, March 27 | 10:30AM - 3:30PM | Wakefield, RI | directions

• Crop Insurance and Risk Management Part I
• Designing and Conducting On Site Education Programs that Work!
• Updates and Announcements about the RI FarmWays Campaign

Who Should Attend? Growers of apples, peaches, grapes, cranberries, corn, fresh market sweet corn, nursery stock (with at least 50% wholesale sales), and potatoes: agricultural, horticultural and aquacultural professionals who sell direct and/or host visitors on their sites as, extension and other educators, small business and economic development personnel, tourism professionals and farm service providers.

RI attendees can attend all the sessions at no charge. We welcome out of state guests to attend for a fee of $35 per person. Registration deadline is Friday, March 24.

Hosted by RICAPE at the The Barn, South Kingstown Land Trust: 17 Matunuck Beach Road, Wakefield, RI.

Contact Stu Nunnery at 401-222-2781 ext. 7104 or by e-mail for more information.