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Events: April 2007

Master Composter Training Program

Monday, April 2 9:00PM - Monday, May 7 11:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to the state landfill, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation and the University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences Extension and Outreach Center (URI CEOC) have partnered to offer a training and outreach program to educate RI citizens about compostting.

Modeled after the URI Master Gardener program and similar programs around the country, the six-week Master Composter & Recycler program will run on six Monday evenings April 2nd - May 7th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Classes will take place at the new Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park in Providence. Two Saturday sessions will be scheduled to visit the state landfill in Johnston and Earth Care Farm, a commercial composting facility in Charlestown. The class also includes a tour of Southside Community Land Trust’s City Farm.

Participants are expected to fulfill a 30 hour volunteer commitment to earn the title: RI Master Composter & Recycler.

A course fee of $50 will be charged to each registrant to cover classroom materials.

Hosted by URI & RI Resource Recovery at the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park: 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI.

Contact Tara Germond at (401) 874-4453 or by e-mail for more information.

Urban Agriculture: Changing the Way We Think about Food, Hunger, and Health

Friday, April 13 1:00PM - Saturday, April 14 7:00PM | Boston, MA | directions | website

4th Annual Conference on Agriculture in the City: community gardens, urban farms, rooftop gardens and other food lots in cities have become an innovative way to address food insecurity, environmental issues, and a host of other public problems that urban residents face. The emerging importance of urban agriculture as a solution to many public problems is the focus of the 2007 Urban Agriculture in the City Conference entitled, “Urban Agriculture: Changing the Way We Think about Food, Hunger and Health.” The conference will highlight research, policies and programs from the grassroots and up that are utilizing urban agriculture to address problems that relate to the health of producers, consumers, land and community.

Presentation abstracts are due by December 31, 2006.

Hosted by The Food Project at the Roxbury Community College: 1234 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA.

Contact Rebecca Nemec at (617) 442-1322 x16 or by e-mail for more information.