Apple juggling
Events: October 2007

NE Community Herbal Convergence

Friday, October 5 7:00PM - Sunday, October 7 7:00PM | Attleboro, MA | directions | website

The 2nd Annual Northeast Grassroots Community Herbal Convergence is an annual bio-regional gathering co-created by herbalists and activists. We are committed to accessibility, diversity, equality and sustainability within the fields of Clinical and Community Herbalism, and Herbal Education. The convergence is a celebration and an honoring of both the ancient roots and the new sprouts of people's plant medicine. It is a forum to reclaim our health care so that we may better serve our families, communities and the Earth. With elders, teachers and plants as our guides, we envision Health care beyond racism, environmental degradation, classism, homophobia, sexism, cultural appropriation and the corporate takeover of herbal medicine. This gathering is a space for creativity, sharing, education, gratitude, inquiry, healing and empowerment. Our intention is to support and nourish diverse, inclusive and reciprocal herbal networks in the Northeast.

Please pre-register! The money is helpful in the convergence set up costs. Sliding scale registration for the weekend is $15-$300.

Camping included! Other lodging and food is not included in this scale price. You can help by bringing potluck dishes and raw ingredients to share!

Hosted by Seven Arrows Farm at the Seven Arrows Farm: 346 Oakhill Ave., 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 13 | 12:00PM - 7:00PM | Chepachet, RI | directions | website

Join us for a fun-filled day in the country touring the Great Barns of Glocester! Your day starts at the Glocester Manton Library. Purchase your button and self guided map (proceeds benefit the Glocester Manton Library) and you're on your way to discovering these hidden gems in the northwest corner of Rhode Island. Visit over 15 barns representing a range of styles, ages and uses. From horse barn to apple farm, workshop to retail shop, Great Barns of Glocester allows a peek inside some of the our oldest and newest barn structures. Talk to the owners and discover the history and stories behind these great buildings! Bring your camera, this years tour features a photo contest.

Hosted by Glocester Manton Public Library at the starts at Glocester Manton Public Library: 1137 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI.

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

Soup, Soup, Soup!

Saturday, October 20 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | East Greenwich, RI | directions | website

Chef Eve Formisano Ornstedt returns this summer to offer a unique series of cooking demonstrations which will help people utilize the awesome variety of fruits and vegetables available from the farm. When weather permits, demonstrations will take place outdoors. Enjoyable and educational, you’ll leave these demonstrations will a full belly and some recipes to bring home. All workshops are $25 per adult and $10 for children (ages 8 and older only please).

Fall has arrived and what better way to welcome it and the cool crisp days than with a delicious bowl of soup! The class will emphasize fruits, roots and squashes – some traditional and some surprises!

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

Contact Trish Garland at (401) 884-5118 for more information.

Fermentation Workshops With Sandor Katz

Tuesday, October 23 10:00PM - Wednesday, October 24 1:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

In this workshop, we will make (and taste) fermented
vegetables (like sauerkraut and kimchi), learn about the health
benefits of live-culture ferments, and discuss the incredible
diversity of fermented foods and drinks consumed around the globe.

Sandor Katz is the Author of "Wild Fermentation" and " The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements two ground breaking books which combine the hard hitting politics and history of fermentation with ancient and modern recipes anyone can make using only the most basic ingredients and equipment. Sandor is also a resident steward of Short Mountain Sanctuary, a queer intentional community located in rural Tennessee. He will be coming to our home here in Providence on TUESDAY THE 23d at 7pm to talk about fermentation, its nutritional, cultural, and historical importance, and basic concepts and techniques. He will also be running a workshop so that you can go home with some mixed vegetable Kimchi or sauerkraut you made yourself.

The talk and workshop will take about 3 hours. We are asking for a small donation of 5 to 10 dollars at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you are interested in participating in the hands on part of the demonstration, and going home with some food yourself-be sure to bring the following. It's also okay just to come and listen.

-An open mouthed glass jar, such as a mason jar or larger
- A grater
- A sharp knife and cutting board
- About one pound of veggies if you are bringing a pint jar, more if you have a larger one. We'll mix everyone's veggies together and all leave with mixed vegetable ferments to enjoy. Some veggie ideas are cabbages, turnips, radishes, carrots, onions, garlic, peppers, green tomatoes, tomatilloes....

Space is limited so if you are interested in attending please rsvp either through email or by phone and tell us how many of you would like to come.

You can read more about Sandorkraut and the fermentation revival on his website which also has lots of great recipes.

Hosted by raphael and mary at the 3rd floor: 111 summer street, Providence, RI.

Contact raphael at (401) 481-9205 or by e-mail for more information.

Orchards in the Ocean State

Friday, October 26 4:00PM - Sunday, November 11 7:00PM | Bristol, RI | directions

When you bite into an apple, do you think about the processes and people that have sustained such delectable moments since William Blackstone planted Rhode Island’s first orchard in 1635? Orchards in the Ocean State is a window into the taken-for-granted world of apple growing families and orchard workers; a behind-the-scenes view of fruit stands, farmers’ markets, and pick-your-own; of apples from the ‘Yellow Sweeting’ to the ‘Honeycrisp’ and activities from cider-making to pie-baking; of the yearly cycle of planting, pruning, spraying, thinning, harvesting, and marketing. But above all, the central story of Rhode Island’s apple orchards is how growers have balanced the traditional approaches that were handed down to them by their parents and grandparents with changing technology and markets so that they can continue to succeed in a business that is fraught with economic uncertainty. The story of fruit orchards in Rhode Island is, in many respects, a microcosm of small-scale, family-based farming throughout the country.

The photographs in the exhibit were taken by Alexander Caserta, with accompanying text by Michael E. Bell, PhD.

Open Friday to Sunday, 1 to 4.

Hosted by Bristol Art Museum at the Bristol Art Museum: 500 Hope St, Bristol, RI.

Contact Bristol Art Museum at (401) 253-0390 for more information.

Grass-Fed Meats Workshop

Saturday, October 27 | 12:30PM - 7:00PM | South Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Join us for the day at a 300 acre coastal farm that combines a managed grazing grass finishing program for beef and lamb with grassland bird habitat improvement. Topics to be discussed will include grazing/mowing management to accommodate wildlife and high quality feed, stockpiling forage, and multi-species grazing.

9:30-Noon: The morning pasture walk will focus on pasture/hay field health and forage production. (free)

Noon-1: Grass-fed burgers for lunch. If you plan to come for lunch we need a head count by Thursday Night at the latest.

1-4: The afternoon will offer a more intensive look into production including: fencing, handling equipment, breed selection, feed supplementation, processing, and marketing.

Matt Rulevich has been raising grass-finished lamb as Woolly Mammoth Farm since 1998 and now finishes beef and lamb on a 300 acre coastal farm in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Matt has raised organic lamb, vegetables and grains at the New England Small Farm Institute and has transitioned his current farm to organic over the last three years. With a Bachelors degree in Math and a Masters in Plant and Soil Science Matt will discuss the economics of all of the above and leave participants with an understanding of the whole process from calves and lambs to a finished product.

Please be on time and also please bring a notebook, a pen, a hat, good boots, weather appropriate clothing, a water bottle.

Register online. NOFA Members: $20 Non-members: $25

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Woolly Mammoth Farm: 12 Barney's Joy Road, South Dartmouth, MA.

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

Action Speaks! Farmer's Rights in America

Wednesday, October 31 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

Farmer’s March on Washington in 1979: Freedom to Farm

Hosted by Marc Levitt, Action Speaks‘ Creative Director, each show includes a discussion with at least three scholars/practitioners, a discussion that includes the audience.

* Larry Matlack: American Agricultural Movement President, Participant at the Farmer’s March on Washington in 1979
* Senator Sue Sosnowski: Rhode Island State Senator, Farmer
* Anna Lappe: Small Planet Institute Co-Founder, Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet Author
* Robert Swanson: US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director

In 1979, the American Agricultural Movement led 5,000 farmers and their tractors into Washington, D.C. to lobby for changes in US farm policies. Many of those participating claimed the policies of the United States government made it increasingly difficult for family farmers to have the freedom to pursue farming. In this show, panelists will discuss farming and rural culture in America, agribusiness, effects of genetic engineering on agriculture and possibilities of the resurgence of family farming.

Hosted by AS220 at the AS220: 115 Empire St., Providence, RI.

Contact Chlöe Mandel at (401) 831-9327 or by e-mail for more information.