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Events: April 2006

RI Farm Ways Professional Development Series: Session 3

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

• Crop Insurance and Risk Management Part II
• Marketing Planning and Execution – Building Visibility and Impact!

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.

Waste Veggie Oil Car Conversion

Saturday, April 15 | 12:30PM - 6:30PM | Boston, MA | directions

Want to help save the Arctic? Learn how to convert a diesel car to run on filtered waste veggie oil, how to collect and filter oil and how to retrofit any diesel engine to run on veggie oil. We will convert a car in this workshop.

Registration: by mail or on the web.
Workshop cost: $45 NOFA Members/$50 Non-members

Visit and click on 'practical skills' to see the other workshops offered this year. Thanks!

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Jamaica Plain: 20 Germania Street, Boston, MA.

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

Workshop: Get Your Farm Online

Monday, April 17 | 9:00PM - 10:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Putting your farm on the Internet will increase your sales by directly connecting you with new and existing buyers who would otherwise not know what you're producing at your farm or how to get it. By the end of this Farm Fresh RI workshop you will:
• Create an Internet listing for your farm, what you produce and where you sell
• Learn how to use FreshLink to sell directly to restaurants and food service buyers
• Learn about planning a website for your farm ( and develop a strategy for reaching your target buyers and expanding your customer base
• Get tips for using the web to save on farm expenses
• Get answers to other Internet questions related to marketing your farm

Registration form at:

This hands-on workshop has limited enrollment to ensure that your individual questions get attention. Workshops will be filled in the order registrations are received.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI at the Center for Information Technology: 115 Waterman St., Providence, RI.

Contact Noah Fulmer at 401-863-3449 or by e-mail for more information.

RI Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 22 | 1:00PM - 8:00PM | Warwick, RI | directions | website

Spend the day with environmental organizations focused on a wide range of global and local conservation issues. There will be informative displays and hands-on exhibits, free give-a-ways and family entertainment – featuring an appearance by Ponaganset High School Fuel Cell Powered Band - Protium, free give-a-ways, Big Nazo characters and more. Residents can also recycle used rechargeable batteries, commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys at the Festival.

Free Transportation to the Earth Day Festival from Kennedy Plaza to Warwick Mall on RIPTA routes 22 & 30. Ask for you free ride Earth Day sticker at the Kennedy Plaza Information Booth while supplies last.

Hosted by RI DEM at the Warwick Mall: 400 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI.

Contact Melinda Hopkins at (401) 222-3434 or by e-mail for more information.

Biodiesel 101

Saturday, April 22 | 1:00PM - 6:00PM | Hudson, MA | directions

Biodiesel is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly fuel suitable for most diesel engines and some home heating applications. You will learn the skills to acquire, test, and convert used vegetable oil into clean-burning biodiesel through a hands on lab. Help to build a biodiesel processor. You will leave with a parts list for building your own processor; never look at fried foods the same way again!

Registration: $40 NOFA Members/ $45 Non-members

Visit to see more practical skills workshops and to register online (or you can register by mail too)

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Hudson: Jamie's House, Hudson, MA.

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

Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) Training

Wednesday, April 26 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM | Warwick, RI | directions

The fifth year of the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program, a voluntary effort aimed at ensuring that the state’s farmers produce safe fruits and vegetables.

Upon completion of training and a subsequent audit of their farm, the farm will become GAP-certified and receive resources to help market the farm as such. Since 2002, 13 farms from throughout Rhode Island have been certified.

Hosted by URI and Division of Agriculture at the USDA Conference Room: 60 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI.

Contact Martha Patnoad at (401) 874-2960 for more information.

Basic Carpentry Workshop

Saturday, April 29 | 12:00PM - 8:00PM | Washington, MA | directions

Learn the basics of hand and power tool operation and the use of wood materials in simple construction projects. Morning demos will cover measuring, marking, cutting, fastening and demolition tools, and the recommended priorities for obtaining these tools. Afternoon hands-on sessions will teach how to measure and cut accurately and examine the benefits of various materials and fastening systems. Layout for framing floors, walls and roofs will also be covered. Upon registration, a recommended tool list will be provided. Heartwood School is in its 29th year of offering timber framing, house-building and woodworking courses ( Instructor Will Beemer has over 30 years of building and teaching experience and is currently Co-Executive Director of the Timber Framers Guild.

Registration: $40 NOFA members/ $45 Non-members

Visit and click on 'practical skills' to see more workshops offered throughout the year and you can register there too (or by mail).

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Heartwood School: Johnson Hill Road, Washington, MA.

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