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Events: June 2008

Tree Identification Workshop

Sunday, June 1 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM | East Greenwich, RI | directions

Sunday, June 1 at 11:00 am, join URI landscape architecture graduates Ben Morton and Steven D’Ambrosia on a walkabout of the historic Boesch Farm as they examine different tree species found around the farm’s fields and along the walking trails on the property. There are several very unique species that will be noted. Finally, learn proper technique for planting trees as we plant a new specimen on the farm! This educational program will be wonderful for home owners, naturalists, and children alike.

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.

Rhody Warm Wool Collection Day

Saturday, June 7 | 12:00PM - 5:00PM | Cranston, RI | directions

WARM NEVER FELT SO GOOD! The RI Sheep Cooperative invites Rhode Island’s sheep and wool producers to bring their quality fleeces to the 3rd Annual Rhody Warm wool collection day.

* Fleeces must be 2 - 6 inches long, clean, dry, and shorn in the last year
* Sorry, no hair sheep materials will be accepted
* The farmer will receive $0.55 per pound for their skirted fleece
* Membership in the RI Sheep Cooperative is required and will be available for $10.00
* Did you know that 6 lbs. of wool can make a blanket?
* If you cannot make this date, do not throw your wool away! Contact us for tips on wool storage.

Hosted by RI Sheep Cooperative at the Urban Edge Farm: 35 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI.

Contact Barbara Thompson at (401) 949-0264 for more information.

Rhode Island Sustainable Living Festival and Green Energry Expo

Saturday, June 7 1:00PM - Sunday, June 8 7:00PM | Greene, RI | directions | website

Come to the Rhode Island Sustainable Living Festival and Clean Energy Expo, a 2-day event in Coventry, RI.

Guests will enjoy workshops, live music, children's programs, green shopping, alternative energy vehicles, wind & solar power, storytelling, nature walks, and healthy local food.

Saturday, June 7th from 10am-9pm
Sunday, June 8th from 10am-4pm
Come for one day or both days.

For more information, go to www.livingfest.org.

Hosted by The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living at the Apeiron's Center for Sustainable Living: 4588 Flat River Rd. (Route 117), Greene, RI.

Contact Apeiron Institute at (401) 228-7930 or by e-mail for more information.

Farmers' Market at Whole Foods Market

Sunday, June 8 | 2:00PM - 6:00PM | Hadley, MA | directions

Farmers selling fruits, vegetables and more to Whole Foods Market in Hadley will have the opportunity to sell directly to you at this special market in front of the store. Sure you can buy the same items inside the store. But wouldn't you rather pay the farmer the full price?

Hosted by Whole Foods Market at the Whole Foods Market: 327 Russell St., Hadley, MA.

Contact Ann Walsh-Sullivan at (413) 568-9932 for more information.

Connecticut Co-operative Enterprise Conference

Friday, June 13 | 12:00PM - 7:00PM | Hartford, CT | directions | website

Join with CT's business developers and renowned cooperative leaders!

The COOPERATIVE business model builds sustainable communities, fosters community spirit and strengthens local economies. If you are involved in business, community or economic development, OR if you are an entrepreneur, student, or cooperative employee or employer, this conference is for YOU!

This insightful conference offers:
- A panel discussion of firsthand co-op success stories
- A Co-op 101: Basic Cooperative Development workshop on how to start a co-op
- A Co-op 201 Workshop for co-ops wanting to better manage themselves
- And specific workshops about...

Green Jobs * Affordable Housing * Sustaining Regional Food Systems * Sustaining Social Service * Artists' Cooperatives * The Benefits of Purchasing Co-ops

We are very pleased to announce renowned scholar Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard as the Conference's Keynote Speaker. Dr. Gordon Nembhard, a professor and political economist in African American Studies and co-­founder of The Democracy Collaborative, will speak on democratic community economics, community-based asset building and cooperative development strategies for alleviating urban and rural poverty.

Current sponsors for this event include: Cooperative Development Institute, Cooperative Fund of New England, USDA Rural Development, Creative Community Development Studies Initiative at University of CT, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO), Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics Cooperative, Fiddleheads Natural Foods Cooperative, National Cooperative Business Association, American Friends Service Committee Connecticut, City of Bridgeport Small & Minority Business Resource Office, Our Piece of the Pie, City of Hartford Office of Development Services, Spanish American Merchants Association, Willimantic Food Cooperative, NCB, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative and Southern New Hampshire University.

Registration fees are tiered to provide everyone with an opportunity to attend AND to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds but with common goals.

Hosted by Cooperative Development Institute at the Capital Community College: 950 Main St., Hartford, CT.

Contact Cooperative Development Institu at (877) 632-6677 or by e-mail for more information.

Slow Food Farmers Dinner & Benefit

Sunday, June 15 6:00PM - Monday, June 16 12:00AM | Tiverton, RI | directions | website

Join us for a wonderful dinner of seasonable, local foods procured and prepared by farmers, fishermen, chefs and brewers from Massachusetts and Rhode Island!

We are raising money in order to send two local food producers to Slow Food's Terra Madre in Turin this fall. Terra Madre is an incredible gathering of food communities from the world over, coming together to discuss the future of food - sharing thoughts and ideas, teaching one another personal history, food culture and customs. Learn more here: www.slowfoodusa.org. Slow Food International pays for expenses once a delegate has arrived in Turin, but paying for plane tickets is a challenge - so we felt it necessary to provide funds for a local person who might otherwise never have the chance.

Cost is $45 per person, with discounts for children - under 12 years are free, 12 to 18 years are $25. Payment can be made via Paypal or check.

Hosted by Slow Food Boston at the The Meeting House: 3850 Main Road, Tiverton, RI.

Contact Rosemary Melli at (800) 800-8008 or by e-mail for more information.

5% Day for CISA

Monday, June 16 | 11:00AM - 11:00PM | Hadley, MA | directions | website

Shop for CISA on Monday, June 16. Whole Foods Market in Hadley, a participating Local Hero retailer, will contribute 5 percent of total store sales on June 16 to CISA. Whether you just need a bottle of wine, a quick bite to eat or your groceries for the week, stop into the Hadley store and make a purchase in support of CISA. Tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Hosted by CISA at the Whole Foods Market: 327 Russell St., Hadley, MA.

Contact Tracie Butler-Kurth at (413) 665-7100 or by e-mail for more information.

Farm Day

Saturday, June 21 | 1:00PM - 7:00PM | Billerica, MA | directions | website

This will be our second annual Farm Day event. We will be having tractor rides, tours of the farm, face painting, kids plant a plant and a local bee keeper will be bringing in his bees in a glass hive for all to see. A great time for the whole family. Admission is free!

Hosted by Griggs Farm at the Griggs Farm: 599 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA.

Contact Laura at (978) 667-9111 or by e-mail for more information.

Farmers' Market at Whole Foods

Sunday, June 22 | 2:00PM - 6:00PM | Hadley, MA | directions

Whole Foods Market invites you to meet the farmers selling fruits, vegetables and more to the Hadley store. And you can purchase your fruits and veggies directly from the farmers at this special store-sponsored market. Sure you can buy the same items inside the store, but wouldn't you want to meet the farmers who grow your fresh, local produce?

Hosted by Whole Foods Market at the Whole Foods Market: 372 Russel St (Route 9), Hadley, MA.

Contact Ann Walsh-Sullivan at (413) 586-9932 for more information.

Free Compost Workshop

Wednesday, June 25 | 10:00PM - 11:00PM | Smithfield, RI | directions | website

No registration necessary, free event!

Hosted by URI's Outreach Center at the Greenville Public Library: 573 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, RI.

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

Introduction to Organic Farming & Gardening

Sunday, June 29 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | East Greenwich, RI | directions

Since 2004, the farmers of Ledge Ends Produce have been cultivating the earth at the Briggs-Boesch Farm in East Greenwich. While many local residents are familiar with the farm, and have driven past its stone wall border, fewer have ventured back onto the property and witnessed the agricultural rebirth taking place there. When the 90-acre farm was purchased by the East Greenwich Land Trust in 2001, the fields had been hayed, but no crops had been grown there in years. Now, 12 acres of vegetable, flowers, and herbs, decorate the landscape.

The public is welcome to walk the trail on the property and enjoy the grounds, but rarely will they have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of the farming operation. The busy farmers of Ledge Ends Produce will be taking some time off from their hard work to host a workshop called “Introduction to Organic Farming & Gardening”. Tour the farm with Erik and Trish, the farmers of Ledge Ends Produce, and learn how the farm incorporates composting, pest control, crop rotation, cover cropping, and weed control into their organic operation. They will also give participants some tips for their own gardens at home!

In 2006, the farm received its organic certification, which means that the farmers use no dangerous pesticides or herbicides and that the fields are fertilized with only natural products. The soil has been tested and they have documentation for everything they do in the fields. The farmers will explain how they grow food for over 200 families in their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program without using any toxic substances.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take a sneak peak at the fields with a guided tour by the farmers. The fee is $5 for adults and pre-registration is required. Sturdy footwear is recommended as participants will do extensive walking.

Ledge Ends Learning Center was founded earlier this year by farmer and teacher Trish Garland. This mission of the organization is to strengthen the local community and support local agriculture by offering farm-based education opportunities and helping low income families to access the local foods. This important mission is carried out in partnership with Ledge Ends Produce, a certified organic Community Supported Agriculture farm.

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

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