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Events: July 2008

Surviving Difficult Times in the Green Industry

Friday, July 11 | 11:30AM - 6:00PM | West Greenwich, RI | directions | website

Managing Risk and Uncertainty in a Maturing Marketplace - A Workshop for Nursery & Greenhouse Growers

Are business profits shrinking and you are not sure why?
Do revenues fluctuate widely from year-to-year?
Has marketing become more of a challenge?
Has your business been impacted by drought or freeze?
Is reliable labor hard to come by?
Are labor costs a major burden?
Have delinquencies on accounts receivable grown painfully high?
Are credit terms increasingly unfavorable or difficult to acquire?
Are operating costs spiraling out of control?

If you have answered yes to some of these questions, then join us!

Workshop Agenda
Risk in the agricultural environment and the tools to survive and prosper

Identifying the Beasts; Risks that gnaw at your profits and strategies to overcome them

Measure What You Manage: The financial management toolbox you can't do without

Marketing is not Just Selling: Marketing strategies you need to survive in a maturing industry

Risk Management Tools: The most misunderstood and overlooked secret weapons

Special Guest Presenters
Dr. Laurence Crane, National Crop Insurance Service
Dr. John Haydu and Dr. Alan Hodges, University of Florida
Dr. Charles Hall, Texas A&M University

Continental breakfast and full lunch provided.

Registration Fee: $10 (Pay on site.)

To register: E-mail to or call 401-592-0209

This workshop is being funded by a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency to the National Crop Insurance Service of Overland Park, KS, in collaboration with RICAPE.

Hosted by RICAPE at the Whispering Pines Conference Center, Alton Jones Campus: 401 Victory Highway - Route 102, West Greenwich, RI.

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

Soil Quality and Composting Seminar

Friday, July 18 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Charlestown, RI | directions

Dig Up A Little Dirt

Every backyard farmer needs healthy soil. Come learn about soil testing and improving soil quality.

Presented by Michael Kenyon
District Conservationist - Lower and Coastal Watersheds
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Backyard composting is environmentally friendly, and great for the garden! Come learn how to turn food scraps and yard waste into valuable soil.

Presented by Sejal Harde
Program Director of the Master Composter Program,
University of Rhode Island

Hosted by South County Conservancy at the Charlestown Farmers Market: 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI.

Contact Paula Eagan at (401) 364-9124 x23 or by e-mail for more information.

Canning Clinic

Saturday, July 19 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM | Hardwick, MA | directions | website

Free canning clinic to cover the basic principles of canning and the water bath method. Anyone who attends will receive $5 off a $30 purchase of canning supplies.

Hosted by Hardwick Farmers Cooperative Exchange at the Hardwick Farmers Co-op Exchange: 444 Lower Road (Rt. 32), Hardwick, MA.

Contact Mike at (413) 477-6913 or by e-mail for more information.

MNLA and MFGA Great Ideas Summer Conference

Wednesday, July 23 | 11:30AM - 6:30PM | Ipswich, MA | directions | website

The Great Ideas Summer Conference!

Best Savings Registration
Pre-register by July 13th and save $30 per registration!

To register, go to

Sponsored by: The Massachusetts Flower Growers Association (MFGA) and
Massachusetts Nursery Landscape Association (MNLA)

Date: July 23, 2008
Location: The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA

Join Massachusetts' largest green industry associations - MFGA and MNLA - for
their fifth annual collaborative event, the 2008 Summer Meeting and Trade Show
on Wednesday, at one of the region's most scenic, historically important and
ecologically diverse landscapes, the Crane Estate.

Judy Sharpton, Growing Places Marketing, Atlanta, Georgia
Judy has over 20 years experience in advertising and promotion specializing in
store design and renovation, development of product-based promotion plants and
development of customer communication programs. Judy will present a two-part
Store School. She will cover consumer trends and how you can respond to trends
at your store level and store layout from entrance to cash wrap.

Choosing Drought Tolerant Plants
Demystifying Sustainable Landscape Design with Plants
Working in and around Wetlands
Growing and Marketing Perennials Panel
Water Quality - How it Impacts Plant Production
All about Ticks
New Products and Technologies for Hardscapes
Landscape Integrated Pest Management Walk-About
Current Regulations You Should Know About
What are Drought Advisories
Pesticide Regulations Update
Risk Management and Crop Insurance Options

* TOURS of the famous Crane Estate

The 2,100 acre Crane Estate preserves one of the region's most scenic
historically important and ecologically diverse landscapes. Richard T. Crane,
Jr.'s purchased the property in 1910. In the decades that followed Castle Hill
came to exemplify the American Country Place Era with its farm and estate
buildings, designed grounds and gardens, and diverse natural areas. The Cranes
hired some of the century's most notable architects and landscape architects.
The first house built atop Castle Hill, an Italian Renaissance Revival villa
designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, was razed and replaced in 1928 with
the 59-room Stuart-style mansion designed by architect David Adler you see
today. The Great House is furnished with period antiques. Whether it is
innovative exhibits, first-rate tours, or cutting edge education, all
attendees are sure to find themselves involved and inspired.

To register, go to

For more information, to to or call 413-369-4731.

Hosted by Mass Flower Growers Association and Mass. Nursery and Landscape Association at the Crane Estate: Argila Rd., Ipswich, MA.

Contact MNLA Staff at (413) 369-4731 for more information.

Movie: Silence of the Bees

Wednesday, July 23 10:00PM - Thursday, July 24 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

A free showing of the documentary Silence of the Bees. The film provides an in-depth look at the search to uncover clues into Colony Collapse Disorder which is killing off huge populations of the honeybee. Silence of the Bees goes beyond the unsolved mystery to tell the story of the honeybee itself, its invaluable impact on our food supply and takes a look at what's at stake if honeybees disappear. It further explores the complex world of the honeybee in crisis and instills in viewers a sense of urgency to learn ways to help these extraordinary animals. Meet with members of the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association, enjoy a sampling of local honey and foods that we would not have if not for the pollination by the honey bee.

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

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

Beginning Farmer Production & Marketing Field Days

Thursday, July 24 11:00AM - Friday, July 25 8:00PM | Lancaster, MA | directions

8:00-9:00 Coffee and Introductions, FMF staff

Staring at 9:00- continuing all day
Will Allen, Farmer and Executive Director Growing Power, Inc.
- Hoop House construction from A_Z
- Building raised beds for vermiculture production

Frank Mangan, UMass Extension.
New Ethnic crop production and Marketing –(drip irrigation-pest management)

LUNCH 12-2:30
Our own vegetables prepared at the farm
PIG ROAST Jungle style with Hmong, Cambodian, Portuguese and African food
Presentations by invited guests

2:30-3:00 Production planning according to your markets
Trainer: Nou Yang, Farmer at the FMF

3:00-3:30 Value Added products for farmers markets
Trainer: Sheng Lor, Vang Mee Farmers at the FMF

3:30-4:00 Growing Asian crops intensively for the farmers markets
Trainer: Mr. Thao, Farmer at the FMF

4:00-4:30 Learning to grow for wholesale markets
Trainer: Yia Ly, Song Yang and Chue Yang, Farmers at the FMF

6:30 Dinner at the Riverview in Hudson MA.
Hmong, African and Portuguese cultural presentations

8:00am-5:00pm. Visit Farmers Markets and stores where FMF farmers sell their produce in Boston and surrounding cities. Transportation will be provided.


All food will be provided. You may wish to bring a dish to share for lunch on Thursday. We are sharing food from all of our cultures.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend. (We’re cooking lunch)

Registration for Diner on Thursday night and the market visits on Friday is required. (We need to make plans.)

If you’re coming from out of town please make hotel reservations at;
Holiday Inn Express 121 COOLIDGE ST. HUDSON, MA 01749 800-315-2621.
(We do not cover any hotel accommodations)

Any other questions please contact: OR call FMF 978-815-2199

Share your culture and cuisine at our celebration lunch on Thursday

Hosted by: Heifer International, UMass Extension, National Immigrant Farming Initiative (NIFI), Growing Power Inc, the Massachusetts Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, USDA, and the Flats Mentor Farm (FMF)

Hosted by UMass Extension and others at the Flats Mentor Farm, Lancaster MA: Seven Bridge Rd, Lancaster, MA.

Contact Flats Mentor Farm at (978) 815-2199 for more information.

Worm Ladies of Charlestown Seminar

Friday, July 25 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Charlestown, RI | directions | website

The famed "Worm Ladies of Charlestown" will be giving a seminar on worm bin composting as part of the ongoing South County Conservancy environmental education program.Learn how to turn food scraps and other household waste into valuable compost.

A presentation by URI Master composters will compliment the "Worm Ladies" seminar.

Hosted by South County Conservancy at the Charlestown Farmers Market: 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI.

Contact Paula Eagan at (401) 364-9124 x23 or by e-mail for more information.

Small Ones Farm Seedlings Program for Children

Monday, July 28 12:00PM - Friday, August 15 3:00PM | Amherst, MA | directions

Seedlings Program (5-6 year olds)
M-F, 9-12, $160 per 1-week session

In our Seedlings Program, children will assist with fun farm chores (e.g., feeding the chickens, picking up apple drops for the pigs), learn about nature by exploring and observing what’s growing on the farm, spend time in the children’s garden where they can pretend and create, do arts and crafts using natural materials, sing songs, and play games.

Hosted by Small Ones Farm at the Small Ones Farm: 416 Bay Road, Amherst, MA.

Contact Sally Fitz at (413) 253-6788 or by e-mail for more information.

Small Ones Farm Harvesters Program for Children

Monday, July 28 12:00PM - Friday, August 15 5:00PM | Amherst, MA | directions

Harvesters Program
M-F, 9-2, $280 per 1-week session

Participants in our Harvesters Program will assist with fun farm chores, engage in projects that help the farm (e.g., rotating pigs in the orchard, enhancing the children’s garden), learn about the natural world through exploration and observation (e.g., animal tracking, field mapping), experience the full cycle of farming - from growing through marketing - by assisting with the harvest and the operation of our farm stand, mentor the young children in our Seedlings Program, do arts and crafts using natural materials, sing songs, and play games.

Our programs are designed and led by teachers.

Hosted by Small Ones Farm at the Small Ones Farm: 416 Bay Road, Amherst, MA.

Contact Sally Fitz at (413) 253-6788 or by e-mail for more information.