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Events: March 2008

Farmers' Market Info Session

Tuesday, March 4 | 9:00PM - 10:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Farmers, market managers, farmers-to-be, food producers, food vendors, performers and craftspeople are invited to a meeting about the 2008 Providence-area farmers' market season.

• Talk about the personality of each market, how we handle insurance and marketing
• Copies of the Farm Fresh markets applications.
• Copies of the peddling license applications for Providence
• Copies of WIC applications
• Copies of Tips for selling at farmers' market / creating a good experience / signage / merchandising

Farm Fresh Rhode Island , an organization working to link local food producers with local buyers, is hosting this gathering. Farm Fresh Rhode Island works closely with the R.I. Division of Agriculture, The Downcity Farmers' Market Association, Southside Community Land Trust and other agriculture-oriented organizations.

The Urban Environmental Lab is located at 135 Angell St. between Thayer and Brown Streets on Providence's Eastside. If heading south on Thayer (towards Wickenden), turn right onto Angell Street. Halfway up the block on the left, you will see a yellow and green carriage house. This is the place. There should be ample parking on the street.

RSPV and more information, write

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI / Downcity at the Urban Envrionmental Lab: 135 Angell St, Providence, RI.

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

Fuel Your Farm’s Future: A One-Day Conference on New Technologies and Resources to Stretch your Farm Dollar & Increase Profit

Saturday, March 8 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM | Dighton, MA | directions

Fuel Your Farm’s Future: New Technologies and Resources to Stretch your Farm Dollar and Increase Profits

A One-Day Farm Conference and Resource Fair - Sponsored by Bristol Conservation District and SEMAP

Saturday, March 8 - 8:00 am-4:00 pm - Bristol Co. Agricultural High School - 135 Center St., Dighton MA
Cost: $15 (includes lunch) - Up to 2 pesticide recertification credits will be offered

8am Registration
8:30- 10am - Season Extension Workshop - Learn about the suite of low-cost, low-fuel season-extension technologies pioneered by Maine grower Eliot Coleman, including the use of unheated high tunnels, low tunnels, row covers, and crop and variety selection to grow hardy greens and other crops well into the winter months. Hear from local and out-of-state growers who are using these technologies to satisfy the growing year-round demand for local foods at outlets such as winter CSA’s, winter farmers’ markets, and year-round farmstands.

10:30-12:30 - Farms Transfer and Tenure workshop - This workshop is designed to connect you with resources and help you along the way:

If you are an established farmer thinking about passing on the farm.
If you are a new, next-generation or future farmer.
If you own land and would like to have it more actively farmed.
12:30-1:30pm Lunch featuring local foods - Prepared by Mike Melo of M&C Café, New Bedford. Over lunch: Updates on farm grant and cost-share programs for farms from MDAR, NRCS, BCD, and others.

1:30-2pm Resource Fair - Get your questions answered and learn about new offerings from local agencies including MDAR, NRCS, SEMAP, First Pioneer, and others.

Option 1: Biodiesel Tour: Tour biodiesel operation of Jerry Anctil, Berkeley MA (drive in own car to farm 15 minutes from Bristol Aggie).
Option 2: Pesticide Regulation and Labeling Review - Steve Kenyon, MDAR. Application for 1 pesticide recertification credit in process.

How pesticides are registered for use by EPA and the State of Massachusetts
Data requirements (toxicity and e-fate) and risk assessment
Pesticide labeling--changes and requirements for precautionary statements and environmental hazards.
Option 3: Walking tour of Bristol Aggie

3:00-4:00 pm: Pesticide recertification credit session 2: Topic TBA

For more info: Bristol Conservation District, 508-669-6621, or SEMAP, 508-295-2212 x 50, Conference brochure and registration form will be mailed in early February. To be added to the mailing list, contact BCD or SEMAP as above.

Hosted by Bristol Conservation District and SEMAP at the Bristol Co. Agricultural High School: 135 Center St., Dighton, MA.

Contact Becky Turner or Katie Cavanagh at (508) 669-6621 x508295221250 for more information.

Shearing Day

Saturday, March 15 | 12:30PM - 7:00PM | Leverett, MA | directions | website

March 15
Our annual festival. Sheep and fleece and wool in all forms. Great food and music; beautiful wool and angora everywhere! Maybe even a spinner or two- in action. No charge (but farm scholarship donations cheerfully accepted). Come between 10:30 and 2:00 to see the actual shearing; come between 9:30 and 4:00 to buy wool, eat and/or talk with the animals or farmers.

Hosted by Winterberry Farm at the Winterberry Farm: 21 Teawaddle Hill Rd., Leverett, MA.

Contact Jill at (413) 548-3940 or by e-mail for more information.

Book Discussion: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Sunday, March 16 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Wakefield, RI | directions | website

The Alternative Food Co-op, located on Main Street in Wakefield, will host a discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's provocative memoir of her family's year-long local eating experiment, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, on Sunday, March 16 from 3-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The discussion, which will be facilitated by local writer and Co-op Member, Erin Barrette Goodman, will explore the possibilities for year-round local eating in Southern New England, including one of Kingsolver's most frequently asked questions: What exactly do you eat in January?

Following the discussion, Cynthia Field, PhD, member services coordinator, will lead a tour of the Co-op, highlighting locally grown and produced products. Bring a mug and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee.

Hosted by Alternative Food Co-op at the Alternative Food Co-op: 357 Main Street, Wakefield, RI.

Contact Erin Goodman at (401) 714-3926 or by e-mail for more information.

Agritourism - The Next Phase

Tuesday, March 18 | 11:00AM - 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Growing an industry one farm at a time.

What is called “agritourism” is really a growing sector of an existing industry – two, in fact - agriculture and tourism – but touches many other business and community sectors including retail marketing, hospitality, historic, farmland and natural resource conservation and preservation, recreation, culture and education.

Successful agritourism enterprises are able to generate income by positioning and marketing their natural and man (and woman)-made assets to visitors to their farm nursery, woodland or other nature-based site – called attractions and/or destinations in tourism parlance.

In 2005, the Rhode Island Center for Agriculture Promotion & Education launched Rhode Island FarmWays to provide training and marketing hub for those farm businesses that specifically host visitors. We remain one of a very few independent organizations engaged in such activities nationally.

This year’s program – Agritourism – the Next Phase - will take what we and our members have learned and update you about what works, what needs to be done and how to get there. Themes include product development, running group programs, retail sales and merchandising, web magic, photography, assessing and enhancing the farm experience, and expandng on-the farm summer programs for kids.

This year as will be expanding our reach and services into Connecticut and Massachusetts and invite you to join us from your neck of the New England fields and woods.

Bring your own ideas, experiences, challenges and hopes to share with friends and colleagues and a host of professionals who can help you and your business thrive.

Who should attend?
Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts operators of existing and beginning farm operations that do now or intend to host visitors.

Workshop Fee
There is no charge for RI farm operators.
CT and MA Farm operators - $20 (Workshop fees will be collected on site.)

Simply Contact Us on the RI FarmWays website. Provide your contact information and the number of people that will be attending.

This workshop is being funded in part by a farm viability grant from the RIDEM Division of Agriculture.

Special thanks to Johnson & Wales for their assistance in helping us to conduct this program at the University.

Hosted by Rhode Island Center for Agriculture Promotion & Education (RICAPE) at the The Culinary Museum, Johnson & Wales University: 315 Harborside Boulevard, Providence, RI.

Contact Stu Nunnery at (401) 592-0209 or by e-mail for more information.

American Farm Bureau Leadership Conference

Tuesday, March 25 4:00PM - Thursday, March 27 5:00PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | directions | website

WHO: All Farm Bureau members of the Northeast Region
who are looking for leadership ideas and thoughts
on how to make their Farm Bureau the best it can
WHAT: Three days of intense training in many different aspects
of Farm Bureau.
WHEN: March 25-27, 2008
WHERE: Cherry Hill, NJ at the Crowne Plaza
WHY: Because we all have a part in making Farm Bureau
better and more successful!

Registration Dedline Feb. 1

Hosted by American Farm Bureau Federation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Cherry Hill: 2349 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Contact Terri Lawton at (774) 219-6257 for more information.

Northeastern Leadership Conference

Tuesday, March 25 4:00PM - Thursday, March 27 4:30PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | directions | website

All Farm Bureau members of the Northeast Region who are looking for leadership ideas and thoughts on how to make their Farm Bureau the best it can be! Three days of intense training in many different aspects of Farm Bureau.

Hosted by American Farm Bureau Federation at the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill: 2349 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Contact Sarah Kelley at (508) 295-2212 x50 or by e-mail for more information.

Organic Lawn Care Workshop

Thursday, March 27 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Want a beautiful lawn this spring? Come see new approaches to organic lawn care at Rough Point and discover how to grow healthy lawns and landscapes with a presentation by leading horticulture specialist, Chip Osborne. Enjoy an interactive workshop and a tour of Rough Point’s historic grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Learn how to keep your lawn healthy for you, your family, and the environment!

Hosted by Newport Restoration Foundation at the Rough Point: 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.

Contact Danielle Cavanna at (401) 846-4152 or by e-mail for more information.

Down To Earth

Friday, March 28 8:00PM - Sunday, March 30 8:00PM | Boston, MA | directions | website

Frances Moore Lappe, Bill McKibben, cooking demos, workshops, panels about sustainable living.

Buy your tickets to D2E on-line and receive a discount. You can pick them up at will call the day of the event, without having to wait in the general admission line.

Ticket Prices
Adults: $10.00 ($12.00 at the door)
Students & Seniors: $8.00 ($10 at the door)
Weekend Passes: $20.00
Children 12 and under enter for free.

Hosted by Commonweath Promotiona at the Hynes Convention Center: 900 Boylston St., Boston, MA.

Contact Commonweath Promotions at (617) 266-6540 or by e-mail for more information.

Crustacean, Mollusk & Bivalve Dinner

Sunday, March 30 10:00PM - Monday, March 31 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

Slow Food Rhode Island is excited to bring you a very special dinner, courtesy of New Rivers Restaurant on March 30th. During this dinner, Beau and Matt will be offering up some of the best local seafood 'Lil Rhody has to offer. We look forward to growing our Convivium with your help.

Hosted by Slow Food RI at the New Rivers: 7 Steeple St., Providence, RI.

Contact New Rivers at (401) 751-0350 or by e-mail for more information.