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Events: December 2007

Winter Farmers' Market Kick-off!

Saturday, December 1 | 3:00PM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Local food all winter long. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round!

Plus, pick out Christmas trees and wreathes at a special sidewalk sale during December. Plus an assortment of food-themed holiday gifts.

The market runs every Saturday starting December 1 and goes through the spring!

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

Contact Sheri Griffin at (401) 480-0102 or by e-mail for more information.

Cheese Cutting Ceremony

Monday, December 3 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

The Cheesemakers of Narragansett Creamery invite you to an official
Cheese Cutting Ceremony.

The beginning of Rhode Island’s first artisan cheese company, made entirely with milk from the dairy farms of the Ocean State.

Mayor Cicilline will memorialize the event by cutting into a wheel of Divine Providence cheese.

Join our celebration!

Hosted by Narragansett Creamery at the Eno Wine Shop: 225 Westminster St, Providence, RI.

Contact Louella Hill at (401) 272-4979 or by e-mail for more information.

Fox Point Community Garden Social

Monday, December 3 10:00PM - Tuesday, December 4 1:00AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

With music by Old Time String Band & Sentimental Favorites
Contra dancing called by Sargon de Jesus
Artisan food by Neath Pal of Neath's, Darius Salko of Al Forno, Stephanie & Richard Miscovich, Jeff Marterer and more.

$5 suggested donation, but paupers and penny-pincers are also welcome

The event will feature all biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils and will be family friendly.

Hosted by Fox Point Community Garden at the Portuguese Sporting Club: 92 Gano Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Nina R. at (614) 886-5289 or by e-mail for more information.

Film Screening: Two Angry Moms

Monday, December 3 10:00PM - Tuesday, December 4 12:00AM | Newport, RI | directions | website

It's a movie. It's a movement! Fighting for the health of America's children. Find out how you can get better food in your kid's school!. A film by Amy Kalafa.

Free screening. Panel discussion to follow the film.

Hosted by Positively Newport Schools at the Jane Pickens Theater: 49 Touro St., Newport, RI.

Contact Kerry Clougher at (401) 849-2042 or by e-mail for more information.

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show

Tuesday, December 11 11:00AM - Thursday, December 13 9:00PM | Manchester, NH | directions | website

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show will be held this December 11, 12, 13 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH and will include 27 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues.

Hosted by The New England Vegetable and Berry Growers’ Association at the Radisson Hotel: 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.

Contact Jude Boucher at (860) 875-3331 for more information.

Update Course for NOFA Accredited Professionals

Tuesday, December 11 | 12:30PM - 7:00PM | Boylston, MA | directions | website

This course is worth 4 AOLCP Credits and Pesticide Recertification Credits pending.

$65 Admission for NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Profesionals (AOLCPs). $75 Admission for non-AOLCPs.

Hosted by NOFA at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden: 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA.

Contact Ashley Kremser at (203) 888-5146 or by e-mail for more information.

Growing and Marketing Greener: For Greenhouse and Garden Retailers

Friday, December 14 | 12:00PM - 7:30PM | Sturbridge, MA | directions

Topics will include, Organic Certification Requirements, Principles of Organic Growing Media and Fertilizers for Greenhouse Production,Managing Insects and Mites: Biocontrol and Pesticides for Organic Greenhouse Growers, Using Biofuncides for Diseases in Greenhouses, Growing Green:Choosing and Using Biodegradable Pots,Recycling Plastics for Greenhouses and Garden Centers, Marketing Green Panel: Retail Organic Products for Pests, Nutrition and Weeds for Home Gardens, Energy Conservation, Seasonal Thermal Storage, Solar Options, Growing and Marketing Green Panel Greenhouse Water Conservation.

Hosted by University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut Extension System and Northeast SARE. at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and ConferenceCenter: 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA.

Contact Tina Smith at (413) 545-5306 or by e-mail for more information.