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Events: April 2008

Film Screening: The Making of a Local Meal

Wednesday, April 2 10:30PM - Thursday, April 3 1:00AM | Providence, RI, RI | directions

The Southern RI Conservation District is proud to announce a free screening of the film "The Making of a Local Meal" on Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the Xavier Auditorium on the Johnson & Wales campus in Providence.

The film, created by Johnson & Wales Green Collaborative students and led by Chef Rolando Robledo, highlights the importance of local food and the local farmers who made generous donations to our 2007 Annual Dinner.

It includes footage of local farms and farmers, meal preparation by chefs at the Radisson Airport Hotel, and people enjoying that delicious dinner!

The Xavier Auditorium is located on the corner of Broad and Claverick Streets in Providence. The best way to get there is to park along Pine Street (this is the back of the campus) and enter the Xavier Academic Center from the Pine Street side. There will be students at the door to direct you.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact Patty Tanalski at 401-284-1885 or

We hope to see you there!

Hosted by Southern RI Conservation District at the Xavier Auditorium, Johnson & Wales Downtown Campus: Broad St. and Claverick St., Providence, RI, RI.

Contact Patty Tanalski at (401) 284-1885 for more information.

Readying for the Spring: Getting Your Garden Prepped

Saturday, April 12 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Whether your garden has been tucked in all winter and is starting to show signs of life as the weather warms, or you’re generally interested in learning how to start growing food safely in an urban environment, this workshop will teach you how to get your garden off to a great spring start.

Taking soil samples, turning beds, starting compost bins, seeding indoors, direct seeding outdoors, preserving your soil fertility…we’ll give you tips and techniques to get you growing!

$12 (pre-registration) ~ $15 (day of)

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the City Farm: Dudley St. and W. Clifford St., Providence, RI.

Contact Leo Pollock at (401) 273-9419 x29 or by e-mail for more information.

Cracking The Chocolate Code: The Astonishing Truth About The World's Greatest Food

Sunday, April 13 | 4:00PM - 6:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

One of the world's leading authorities on nutrition, David Wolfe, will be speaking at RISD on April 13th about how chocolate can save the planet. He will be discussing the environmentally friendly properties of cacao, along with its incredible health benefits. David is a renowned author and international speaker who is committed to saving the environment and helping people experience vibrant health. Find out all the details at:

This is event is sure to sell out, so buying tickets in advance is recommended. Have the best day ever!

Hosted by Rhode Island School of Design at the RISD auditorium: 17 Canal Walk, Providence, RI.

Contact Nora K Hamerman at (203) 984-9111 or by e-mail for more information.

Renewing America's Food Traditions

Friday, April 18 | 10:00PM - 11:30PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions | website

Author Gary Paul Nabhan, a professor and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," will give a presentation on local food and agriculture. Free.

Hosted by The E.F. Schumacher Society and The Orion Society at the Berkshire South Community Center: 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Karen at (413) 528-4422 x10 or by e-mail for more information.

Organic Gardening Workshop

Saturday, April 19 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM | Middleborough, MA | directions | website

Join Organic Market Grower Frank Albani as he teaches you the basics of organic gardening and the benefit of growing your own organic vegetables. $7 Members/$10 Non-members. Pre-registration is required.

Hosted by Soule Homestead Education Center at the Soule Homestead Education Center: 46 Soule St, Middleborough, MA.

Contact Frank V. Albani, Jr. at (508) 947-6744 or by e-mail for more information.

Greenspaces of South County Eco Fair

Saturday, April 19 | 1:00PM - 6:00PM | Charlestown, RI | directions | website

South County farms provide a bounty of seasonal crops. Find out about them and shake hands with a farmer! Also explore the Cross’ Mills nature path, discover how to dig up a little dirt and learn how to start your own garden.

Hosted by Cross' Mills Public Library at the Cross' Mills Public Library: 4417 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI.

Contact Paula Eagan at (401) 364-6211 or by e-mail for more information.

Renewing the Food Traditions of New England

Saturday, April 19 | 2:30PM - 4:00PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions | website

Local food lunch and presentation by Gary Paul Nabhan. $30 in advance (seating limited); or $35 at the door. Gourmet magazine called the Route 7 Grill "One of America's est 'Farm to Table' restaurants", and they will serve a four-course, locally sourced lunch, which will be accompanied by a talk by an author who has helped shaped the local food movement, with many books about local and indigenous foods.

Hosted by The Orion Society at the Route 7 Grille: 999 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Karen at (413) 528-4422 x10 or by e-mail for more information.

RI Raised Livestock Annual Meeting

Monday, April 21 | 9:30PM - 11:00PM | West Greenwich, RI | directions

All Farmers large and small are invited to attend the Annual Meeting , learn about, join and participate in the work of the Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association and enjoy the benefits of membership.

This meeting will convey to farmers the accomplishments of the organization in the past year and to lay out plans for the coming year to further accomplish our mission.

The Livestock Association’s Mission is “to promote the preservation of our agricultural lands, our rural economy, and our agrarian way of life by creating an organization that will secure a viable infrastructure and provide for the efficient and sustainable production, processing, and marketing of quality, value added, locally produced meats in the state of Rhode Island.”

Rhode Island Raised Livestock is a group of farmers working together to rebuild our local processing infrastructure and develop better marketing opportunities for quality, value added, locally produced meat products. Senator’s Sosnowski and Breene will be on hand to discuss new legislation that will help all farmers.

Hosted by RI Raised Livestock Association at the Elks Lodge: 42 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI.

Contact Don Minto at (401) 423-0005 or by e-mail for more information.

Peak Oil and the Future of Food and Land Use

Monday, April 21 10:00PM - Tuesday, April 22 12:00AM | Waltham, MA | directions | website

Heinberg is a senior fellow at the Post Carbon
Institute, and his latest book Peak Everything: Waking
Up to the Century of Declines addresses resource
depletion and the challenges we face as nature rapidly
dictates our new limits. He will be talking about the
end of cheap oil and its impact on society and
government. Come learn how communities can prepare now
for growing uncertainties and stresses from the fossil
fuel shortage and climate crisis. Following each talk
the audience is invited to participate in a discussion
of local/community solutions to peak oil currently

This talk will focus in particular on the impact of
peak oil on agriculture and food supplies, and the
urgent need to rethink land-use policies in light of
these new critical challenges. This has particular
relevance to the effort by the state to close and sell
off for intensive development the 200-acre Fernald
home for the severely disabled. Co-sponsors include
Mass. Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC), the
Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (WATCH), the
Fernald Working Group, Waltham Fields Community Farm,
and Lexington Global Warming Action

Richard Heinberg is the author of eight books
including The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of
Industrial Societies, Powerdown: Options and Actions
for a Post-Carbon World, The Oil Depletion Protocol,
and Peak Everything. He writes a regular column for
The Ecologist, and has also authored scores of essays
and articles that have appeared in magazines,
journals, and across the world-wide web. He has
appeared in numerous video documentaries, including
Leonardo DiCaprio's 11th Hour.

Hosted by First Parish-Unitarian Church at the First Parish-Unitarian Church: 50 Church St, Waltham, MA.

Contact Martha L. Creedon at (781) 893-6240 or by e-mail for more information.

Earth in JeoPARTY Earth Day Party

Tuesday, April 22 9:00PM - Wednesday, April 23 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

Tuesday April 22nd, following Earth Day Lobby Day at the State House, Clean Water Action and the Environment Council of Rhode Island are hosting EARTH in jeoPARTY, an Earth Day Party at Local 121 in downtown Providence.

Hosted by Clean Water Action and Environment Council RI at the Local 121: 121 Washington St., Providence, RI.

Contact Annie Costner at (401) 331-6972 or by e-mail for more information.

Birds of Prey Land at the Boesch Farm

Saturday, April 26 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM | East Greenwich, RI | directions

If you missed our falconry workshop last year, you’ll be happy to know it’s back! Once again, RI master falconer Jim Gwiazdzinski will be coming to Boesch Farm to educate and entertain raptor enthusiasts. He will give a presentation that explains the ancient art of falconry. He’ll also explain just what falconers do and how to become a master falconer. In addition, wildlife rehabilitators John and Vivian Maxson from Born to Be Wild Nature Center will discuss their work with raptors and other creatures. Participants will also have the opportunity to see several raptors up close! Fee: $10/adult, $6/child.

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

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