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Events: May 2008

Real Meals from Local Fields

Thursday, May 1 10:00PM - Friday, May 2 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

An opportunity to find out what local farmers produce, where you can purchase their produce/products, how to create a glorious meal and share ideas about how it is all connected. Event is free and open to the public. Partners Include: Southside Community Land Trust, Farm Fresh RI, Olga's Cup and Saucer, 4 Friends CSA, Narragansett Creamery, Red Planet Farms, Sosnowski Farms and Urban Greens Co-Op.

Hosted by Local 121 at the Local 121 Speakeasy: 121 Washington St., Providence, RI.

Contact Nancy Miller at (401) 274-2121 or by e-mail for more information.

Birdwatching and Bird Photography

Saturday, May 3 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM | East Greenwich, RI | directions

Start you morning with a brief walk on the Boesch Farm property to scout for birds. The walk will be led by Geoff Dennis, who has presented at the farm a number of times over the past few years. After the walk, Dennis will present a colorful slide show of his bird photography. His work has been featured at the Bristol Audubon Center’s Annual Bird Conference and in the advertising campaigns of several birdfeeder companies. His presentation is always entertaining and full of tips for attracting birds to your yard at home. Meet promptly at the parking lot by 9:00am, bring your own binoculars, and dress warm. 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.

Learning from Nature

Wednesday, May 7 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Charlestown, RI | directions

Come help us cultivate our new vegetable garden. Join us for a walk along our nature trail and find out more about local foods. Ages 9 to 90+.

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

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

Composting Workshop

Wednesday, May 7 | 9:00PM - 10:30PM | Charlestown, RI | directions

Sejal Harde, Program Director of the Master Composter Program, University of Rhode Island is the speaker. Come learn how to turn food scraps and yard waste into valuable soil by composting. Backyard composting is inexpensive, environmentally friendly and great for the garden.

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

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

SRICD Annual Seedling Sale

Saturday, May 10 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

At the Plant Sale
* Free soil pH testing available at East Farm. Bring a 1/2 cup composite soil sample.
* URI Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions.
* Dick Donnelly will have new varieties of daylillies available for purchase!!!

The SRICD is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting soil and water conservation through technical assistance and
education programs.

While we will have items available for purchase on the sale
date, the best way to get seedlings is to pre-order using the
order form on our website www.sricd.org.

Hosted by Southern RI Conservation District at the URI's East Farm: Route 108, Kingston, RI.

Contact Alicia Lehrer at (401) 284-1885 or by e-mail for more information.

Shitake Mushroom Workshop

Saturday, May 10 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Middleborough, MA | directions | website

Join Julie Winslow for this rare opportunity to learn how to grow Shiitake Mushrooms. We will learn about different varieties of Shiitake and other mushrooms as we inoculate the oak logs that will produce these delicacies for the next 5 to 6 years. $20 Members/$25 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.

Hardwick Farmers' Market Opening Day

Sunday, May 11 | 2:00PM - 5:00PM | Hardwick, MA | directions

On Opening Day for the 2008 Hardwick Farmers' Market, we will celebrate Mother's Day with free live flowering plants for the kids to pot and make into gifts for Mom. We'll also be passing out onion sets to grow and enter in a new category in the Hardwick Fair August 15th and 16th. Soil testing available for a nominal fee. Come join us on the beautiful Hardwick Common.

Hosted by Hardwick Farmers' Market at the Hardwick Common: 1 Barre Road, Hardwick, MA.

Contact Bill Cole at (413) 477-6525 for more information.

The Future of Food, Famine, and Farming

Tuesday, May 13 10:30PM - Wednesday, May 14 12:00AM | Westport, MA | directions

The Future of Food, Famine, and Farming: From Globalization to Re-Localization.

Nancy Lee Wood, PhD
Bristol Community College

Speaking on Energy and Sustainability in Everyday Lives

Sponsored by:

Westport Alternative Energy Committee
Westport AgCom
Westport Grange
Westport Land Conservation Trust
Westport River Watershed Alliance

Hosted by Westport River Watershed Alliance and Others at the Westport Grange: 1132 Main Rd., Westport, MA.

Contact Cindy Scheller, WRWA at (508) 636-3016 or by e-mail for more information.

SCLT Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 17 1:00PM - Sunday, May 18 5:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

After 15 years, SCLT's Plant Sale has grown to become one of the largest outdoor plant sales in Rhode Island. The plant sale is one of two SCLT’s signature fundraisers each year. Each spring Rhode Island residents gather at City Farm to shop for fabulous organically grown perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables while they listen to the groovin' tunes of Providence's own talented musicians.

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the Southside Community Land Trust's City Farm: West Clifford Street, Providence, RI.

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

Preserving Agriculture and Wildlife on New England Farmland

Wednesday, May 21 | 10:00PM - 11:30PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions

Join us for an evening highlighting the interrelationships among agriculture, humans and wildlife. The Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) will discuss their "Farms Forever" program, Allens Pond's Lauren Miller will highlight wildlife conservation efforts on farmland and Dedee Shattuck will be present to sign and discuss her locally focused book, "Farmers." Participants will have the opportunity to talk with local conservation organizations. Presentations will focus on ways to keep land in agriculture, and ways to help locally rare wildlife on farmland. Reception to follow.

Hosted by Mass Audubon - Allen's Pond Wildlife Sanctuary at the Dartmouth Grange: 1133 Fisher Rd., Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Lauren Miller at (508) 636-2437 or by e-mail for more information.

Faella Farm Plant Sale

Sunday, May 25 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM | Peace Dale, RI | directions

12th Annual Plant and Seedling Sale at our Farm. We have annual and perennial vegetable, herb and flower plants. All plants are grown Chemical Free. Also available are Jams and Hot Pepper Jelly. This years date will be May 25th, 8am - 4pm, rain or shine.

Hosted by Chris + Martha Faella at the Faella Farm: 1072 Saugatucket Rd., Peace Dale, RI.

Contact Chris + Martha Faella at (401) 783-7437 or by e-mail for more information.

Nature for All: Urban Youth and their Access to the Outdoors

Saturday, May 31 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM | Lowell, MA | directions | website

A discussion about youth and their relationship to the outdoors, the challenges lower-income communities face and how it all ties into the environmental movement.

This issue forum, hosted by the Environmental Leadership Program, will examine today's urban youth and their relationship with the environment with a particular focus on the challenges affecting lower-income communities. Some of the issues to be addressed: health of youth & children affected by concentrated poverty, racial/ethnic segregation, and inequitable distribution of health and social services, communities defining environment, and physical and mental health impacts.

After gaining an understanding of issues affecting access to the outdoors, participants will hear the stories of community members in an open forum that will lead to a discussion on ways to address the issues at a local level. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussion with invited speakers.

Cost: $10 (lunch included) -- please RSVP

Hosted by Environmental Leadership Program at the Mill Building: 60 Island St., Lowell, MA.

Contact Maria D. Rodriguez at (617) 755-6719 or by e-mail for more information.