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Events: May 2006

Spring Food Drive

Monday, May 1 4:00PM - Sunday, June 4 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Why throw away the contents of your cupboard when it comes time to move? Join Brown Dining Services and their After the Harvest Program for a Spring Food Drive. As you leave your house, dorm or office take advantage of the opportunity to help your community.

Non-perishable, unopened foods can be dropped off at any campus dining location.

All foods will be directly donated to Brown Dining's partner food pantries: Amos House, Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, Mary House and St. Elmo's.

Hosted by Brown Dining Services at the Brown University: 144 Thayer St, Providence, RI.

Contact Louella Hill at 401-863-3343 or by e-mail for more information.

Basics of Organic Gardening

Saturday, May 6 | 12:00PM - 5:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions

Visit and work in a 50’ x 100’ garden and learn how to get started: Where, how big, what to grow, layout, fencing, water supply, composting, mulching, manure, cultivation, raised beds, seed selection, soil tests, direct seeding and transplanting, tools and supplies. You’ll see first hand what to do and not to do and how it all works together. Why not start your garden this year. Frank Albani started with a 30’ x 50’ garden in the middle of the lawn and has been growing Certified Organic Vegetables at Golden Rule Farm for 10 years.

Registration costs:
$25 NOFA Members/ $25 Non-members

Visit www.nofamass.org and click on 'practical skills' for more information on other workshops and to sign up on the web (or you can register by mail too)
Thanks !

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Soule Homestead: Middleboro, Middleboro, MA.

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

URI East Farm Spring Festival & Open House

Saturday, May 13 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM | Wakefield, RI | directions

URI’s 70 acre East Farm was acquired by the university in 1928 and is used for horticultural evaluation, fruit culture research. The farm includes one of the largest crabapple collections in the country with over 170 trees of 50 varieties. It also contains a Pinetum (evergreen arboretum) and a five-acre deciduous arboretum rarely open to the public. Please come explore the farm, have your soil tested, buy some plants, and help preserve the farm’s horticultural history.

Live demonstrations, Q&A's with experts, workshops, and local non-profits groups.

Hosted by URI CE Education Center at the URI East Farm: 2095 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, RI.

Contact URI CE Education Center at (401) 874-2900 for more information.

Small Scale Organic Dairying

Saturday, May 13 | 2:00PM - 6:00PM | Warwick, MA | directions

Mark Fellows will show us what it takes to run a small, successful, organic dairying operation, from general care of a dairy cow and caring for calves to pasture management. Learn how to set up water lines, grazing paddocks, and lanes. Chase Hill is a seasonal dairy with 30 grass-fed cows and 60 acres of pasture. See the farm, fields, new grass, and sample some of their wonderful dairy products.

Registration costs:
$30 NOFA Members/ $35 Non-members

Visit www.nofamass.org and click on 'practical skills' for more information on other workshops and to sign up on the web (or you can register by mail too)
Thanks !

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Chase Hill Farm: 74 Chase Hill Road, Warwick, MA.

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

2nd Annual Farmer Festival

Tuesday, May 16 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Southside Community Land Trust presents the 2nd annual Farmer Festival at William D’Abate Youth Garden Club.
Join SCLT & providence Youth Gardeners as we welcome family, friends, local farmers, and the school community in celebrating the act of growing food in our city.

Young gardeners from 3 youth garden clubs across providence will be gathering to celebrate their hard work, gardening skills, and the beginning of this season’s bounty.

Rain Date:
Wednesday May 17th 3-5 pm.

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the William D'Bate Elementary School: 60 Kossuth Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Kiera Mulvey at (401) 273-9419 or by e-mail for more information.

RI Agricultural Day

Wednesday, May 17 | 2:30PM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

Please join us as we highlight the importance of agriculture and the many ongoing farm viability initiatives to Rhode Island's economy, history and quality of life. Speaking ceremony will begin tentatively at 2pm in the State Room.

Hosted by RI DEM Division of Agriculture at the State House Rotunda: 1 Capital Hill, Providence, RI.

Contact Ron Newman at 401-222-2781 ext. 4518 or by e-mail for more information.

The Game of Logging For Landowners

Saturday, May 20 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM | Belchertown, MA | directions

This program is designed for novice to advanced chainsaw users who wish to improve their skills and to operate the saw safely. Topics covered include: personal protective equipment, daily saw safety checks, chain sharpening and saw maintenance, reactive forces, intro to boring techniques, identifying hazards, safe tree felling techniques, and hands on felling practice. Saws will be available to borrow.

Registration costs: $120 NOFA members/ $125 Non-members

Visit www.nofamass.org and click on 'practical skills' to see more workshops and to register online (you can register by mail too)
Thanks!

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the NESFI: Belchertown, Belchertown, MA.

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

SCLT 14th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 20 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Get your flowers, annuals, perennials, vegetables, heirloom varieties and herbs all while you listen to fantastic local musicians! Some rare and unusual plants as well.

Special Members' Preview from 9am to 10am

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the City Farm: W Clifford St and Myrtle St, Providence, RI.

Contact Rich at (401) 273-9419 x24 or by e-mail for more information.

SCLT 14th Annual Plant Sale

Sunday, May 21 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Get your flowers, annuals, perennials, vegetables, heirloom varieties and herbs all while you listen to fantastic local musicians! Some rare and unusual plants as well.

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the City Farm: W Clifford St and Myrtle St, Providence, RI.

Contact Rich at (401) 273-9419 x24 or by e-mail for more information.

From Garden to Table: Harvesting Herbs for Healthy Cooking

Monday, May 22 | 10:00PM - 11:00PM | East Providence, RI | directions

FREE, 7 p.m. Open to the Public
Having trouble deciding which herbs to plant in your garden? URI Master Gardener & Personal Chef Diane Madsen will discuss which herbs are easiest to grow, show how to harvest & preserve them. She will all so demonstrate fun & healthy ways to use herbs in cooking. Memorial Day is almost here, so take advantage of the warmer temperatures & get planting!

Hosted by URI Master Gardeners / Garden Gourmet Personal Chef Service at the Weaver Library: 41 Grove Ave, East Providence, RI.

Contact Joyce May at (401) 434-2453 or by e-mail for more information.