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Events: August 2007

Local Food Fest

Wednesday, August 1 | 7:00PM - 11:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

A ramble through the flavors of Rhode Island
The inaugural benefit for Farm Fresh Rhode Island at Castle Hill

An evening celebrating Rhode Island farmers, fishermen and food artisans. Live cooking with a dozen local farmers, each teamed up with a Newport Harbor chef. Plus, local wines, beers and a silent auction.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and Newport Harbor Corp at the Castle Hill Inn: 590 Ocean Drive, Newport, RI.

Contact Jessica Gordon at (401) 863-6509 or by e-mail for more information.

Deerfield Land Trust Farm Festival

Saturday, August 4 12:00PM - Sunday, August 5 1:00AM | Deerfield, MA | directions | website

Farm Fest is a fund raising event benefiting the Deerfield Land Trust. It is the brainchild of Jaap Molenaar, a Deerfield farmer who found his way to Western Massachusetts via the Netherlands. Jaap runs a successful wholesale nursery stock business in Deerfield on land that was preserved by the Deerfield Land Trust and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts APR program.

The event features 5K runs and walks through farm fields; nature walks, live music, locally brewed beer and polka music, children's activities and a chicken BBQ.

Hosted by Deerfield Land Trust at the Mill Village Road: Mill Village Road, Deerfield, MA.

Contact Jaap Molenaar at (413) 774-5319 for more information.

Bounty I ~ Preserving the Vegetable Harvest

Saturday, August 4 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Safe, technical instructions for pickling, canning, and freezing to preserve your garden bounty and eat fresh, local foods all year!
SCLT Workshop Cost:
$12 ~ 1/2 Day Workshop
$20 ~ Full Day Workshop
$55 ~ Full 6 Workshop Series
to register please call 273-9419 x29

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the In-Town YMCA: 164 Broad Street, Providence, RI.

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

Farm Fresh Pasta You’ll Love!

Saturday, August 4 | 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.

We’ve never offered a pasta focused class before, but pasta is one of the best foundation ingredients to highlight the produce of Ledge Ends. In this class, we’ll make a new pesto (it is incredible!), create a super fast tomato sauce and yes, make (and enjoy!) some homemade ravioli!

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). Pre-registration is required.

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

Contact Trish at (401) 884-5118 or by e-mail for more information.

Bounty II ~ Preserving the Herbal Harvest

Saturday, August 4 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Herbs are precious and potent additions to your spice rack and your medicine cabinet. Preserve and prepare your cultivated or wildcraft herbs to maintain potency and flavor.
SCLT Workshop Cost:
$12 ~ 1/2 Day Workshop
$20 ~ Full Day Workshop
$55 ~ Full 6 Workshop Series
to register please call 273-9419 x29

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the InTown YMCA: 164 Broad Street, Providence, RI.

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

2007 NOFA Summer Conference

Friday, August 10 12:00PM - Sunday, August 12 10:00PM | Amherst, MA | directions | website

Northeast Organic Farming Association to hold 33rd Annual Summer Conference

August 10-12, 2007, Amherst, MA; Bill McKibben and Hazel Henderson to deliver Keynotes

- Over 150 workshops on sustainability, nutrition, spirituality, homesteading, agriculture, and food politics and activism, among others; Children’s Conference and Teen Conference and workshops

-Family contradance, Old-time Country Fair with parade, live music, farmers' and crafters' market, games, contests and prizes, Saturday night local and organic Meal.

-Dorm rooms, camping and wholesome organic meals with vegetarian and meat options.

Hosted by NOFA-MA at the Hampshire College: Rte. 116, Amherst, MA.

Contact Julie Rawson at (978) 355-2853 or by e-mail for more information.

Tour de Farm Bike Tour

Saturday, August 11 | 12:00PM - 4:00PM | Jamaica Plain, MA | directions

Join Farm Aid and Boston-area cycling and farming organizations for the 2nd annual Tour de Farm bike tour.

The Tour de Farm will showcase innovative urban farms and food projects that are strengthening Boston's local and sustainable food system. Riders will visit an urban farm in Roxbury, a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm and greenhouse in Dorchester, a new community farm in the Blue Hills Reservation and Boston’s oldest commercial farm. Riders will sample fresh, locally grown food, learn of the benefits of local agriculture and how they can actively support these efforts. The ride will go through the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, Mattapan, Milton and the beautiful Blue Hills Reservation.

The Tour de Farm is a free event and all are welcome. New this year, the tour will offer a shorter option for less experienced or younger riders of approximately 15 miles of mainly flat terrain. The longer of the two loops, approximately 25 miles, includes some moderate hills. The ride will start and finish at Boston’s Franklin Park.

Pre-registration is required.

Hosted by Farm Aid at the Franklin Park in Boston (starts and finishes): Pierpont Rd, Jamaica Plain, MA.

Contact Mark Smith at (617) 354-2922 or by e-mail for more information.

Garden Insects for Kids

Saturday, August 11 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM | East Greenwich, RI | directions | website

In this workshop, children will tour the vegetable fields at the farm and learn to identify helpful and harmful garden insects. Parents may join us! Fee: $5/child.

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

Contact Trish at (401) 884-5118 or by e-mail for more information.

UMass Vegetable Program IPM Field School

Wednesday, August 15 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM | Westport, MA | directions

Why IPM Field Schools?
Do you wish you knew how to tell all the ‘corn worms’ and ‘cabbage worms’ apart?
Are all the new cucurbit diseases driving you crazy?
Do you wonder what to look for, when, and how, in order to make sure you catch problems early?
Do you wonder what you could do to prevent problems, and which spray options would work best?
Do you want workers or interns on your farm to be trained in pest management?

If you answer is yes to any of these questions, the IPM Field Schools are for you!

Whether you can attend one or the whole series of field schools, come join us to learn some new skills
and confidence for managing sweet corn, cucurbits, and a wide range of other vegetable crops.

Cost: $20/person per Field School

August 15 Field School topics: We will scout corn (looking especially for fall armyworm in whorl stage corn), pumpkins, summer squash, tomato, and other crops, and discuss the issues that are unique to farming near the coast – such as massive flights of corn earworm and frequent ocean fog. Refreshments will be served.

Directions: Take your favorite route to I-195. Merge onto MA-88 S via Exit 10 toward US-6 / Horseneck Beach and go 7.3 miles. Turn left onto Hix Bridge Rd., go 1 mile. Turn Right onto Cadmans Neck Rd for 0.3 miles.The farm and greenhouse are on your right, just past the vinyard.

Hosted by UMass Extension Vegetable Program at the Paradise Hill Farm: 103 Cadman's Neck Rd., Westport, MA.

Contact Ruth Hazzard at (413) 577-3976 or by e-mail for more information.

Fresh floral arrangment class

Saturday, August 18 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM | Little Compton, RI | directions

Learn how to create fabulous floral arrangements with our Farm Fresh cut flowers! Our Posh floral designer, Kathy Melvin, will entertain you while create your floral arrangement. Email or call to register for the class. $25.00

Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Road, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Karla Young at (401) 635-0110 or by e-mail for more information.

UMass Crop Research and Education Center Field Day

Tuesday, August 21 | 1:00PM - 10:00PM | South Deerfield, MA | directions

UMass Crop Research and Education Center Field Day
For Vegetable and Agronomic Crops
Tuesday August 21, 2007
River Road, South Deerfield, MA

Tour the new equipment workshop and hay storage being built by the College of Natural Resources & the Environment and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support research at South Deerfield.

AGRONOMIC Field Studies and Crop Management Discussions (10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, $20 for lunch and tour, $15 if more than two from one farm)
- Corn hybrid selection for yield and increased grain content.
- Seeding date affects on yield and grain contribution.
- Grain corn hybrid evaluation.
- Field corn genetics.
- Narrow row-high density summer annuals (conventional corn, BMR corn, Japanese millet, BMR sorghum/sudangrass, oat).
- Nitrogen contribution and corn growth following time of seeding cover crops the previous fall.
- Pasture variety/blend evaluations.
- Fencing for rotational and strip grazing.
- Switchgrass variety evaluation (2006 and 2007 seedings).
For more information please call Steve Herbert at 413-545-2250

VEGETABLE Crop Field Studies (4:00 to 7:00 p.m., $20 for supper and tour, $15 if more than two from one farm; Disease Diagnostic Clinic for on-site disease identification.)
- Biological and chemical controls for Phytophthora capsici in summer squash;
- Evaluating new ethnic crops for production in MA – especially for Brazilian and Salvadoran markets
- Organic weed management for stale seedbed and between plastic;
- Cover crop planting dates for fall N uptake and spring N production
- Perimeter trap cropping for controlling flea beetles in Brassicas;
- Selection of cold hardy greens;
- Growing switch grass as a biomass fuel
- Managing nitrogen in sweet corn
- Vegetable soybean (edamame) variety trial and planting dates

The Vegetable Field Day will end with a barbecue, salads and desert featuring delicious Brazilian and other ethnic foods.
Two contact hours of pesticide recertification credit will be offered.

For more information contact the Vegetable Program lab at 413-577-3976.

-Coming north on I-91: Take exit 24, turn right at the end of the ramp, then right again at the light onto Rt. 116. Go about 1.5 miles, through one light. Before crossing the bridge over the CT River, turn left onto River Rd. Pass the Turf Farm and a subdivision. The Crops Research Farm is on the left.
-Coming south on I-91: Take exit 25, turn left at the end of the ramp, right at the light onto Rt. 5&10. Go about 1 mile, past one light and turn left at the next light onto Rt. 116. Continue on Rt. 116 through another set of lights. Take a left onto River Rd (before you cross the bridge). End at 61 River Rd. Farm is on the left.
-Coming from south of Sunderland on 116: Take 116 into Sunderland center and across the bridge. Turn right on River Rd. End at 61 River Rd. Farm is on the left.

Hosted by UMass Extension and the College of Natural Resources and the Environment at the UMass Crops Research and Education Center: River Road, South Deerfield, MA.

Contact the Vegetable Program lab at (413) 577-3976 for more information.

Urban Gardens & Soil Contamination

Tuesday, August 28 | 12:00PM - 6:30PM | Providence, RI | directions

Join us to learn more about the unique challenges we face as gardeners in urban environments and explore how to reduce risk from soil contamination.

9:00 - 9:25am
Check-in / Light Breakfast

Welcome and Introductions
Katherine H. Brown, Ph.D, Director
Southside Community Land Trust

Urban Environments: Lead Risks & Exposure
Ryan Torres, Director
Boston Lead Collaborative

Urban Soil Research & Best Management Practices
Dawn Pettinelli, Professor
University of Connecticut

Phytoremediation Research
Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Ph.D. Associate Professor
University of Southern Maine

Lunch & Networking Community Room
Optional DVD viewing
The Food Project: Urban Education and Outreach

Afternoon Session
Potters Children’s Garden: Case Study
Liza Sutton, MPH, Community Gardens Coordinator
Southside Community Land Trust
Soil Testing Analysis
Paul Carroll, Chemist
Environmental Protection Agency

Toxic Soil Busters
Matt Feinstein, Director
Worcester Roots Project

Safer Soil Program
Luisa Oliveira, Landscape Designer
Daniel MacPhee, Geologist
Lead-Safe Cambridge

Our Changing Urban Environment
Facilitated panel discussion: Food Security, global warming, and further emerging issues

Future Research & Closing Remarks

Registration Deadline: August 16, 2007
Early registration is encouraged space is limited!

Free training parking will be available on campus in the Dominican Friars parking lot (behind the library).

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust and EPA at the Providence College, Feinstein Academic Center, Classroom 405: 549 River Ave., Providence, RI.

Contact Liza Sutton at (401) 273-9419 x25 or by e-mail for more information.