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Events: September 2008

Dartmouth Grange Rural Community Fair

Friday, September 5 8:00PM - Saturday, September 6 11:00PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Dartmouth Grange Rural Community Fair
Friday September 5 and Saturday September 6, 2008

at Patrons Hall
1133 Fisher Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-1035
(in historic Russells Mills Village)


Fair Hours: Friday 5 pm to 10 pm;
Saturday 12 Noon to 8 pm

Admission is Free

Free Entertainment Friday night at 7 pm

Auction Saturday Night at 6 pm

Heirloom Tomato Judging and Tasting Saturday 12:30 pm

Agricultural Exhibits, Crafts, Preserves and Canned Goods, Baked Goods, Flowers, Country Store, Penny Auction, Games, Live Animals, and Food

Hosted by Dartmouth Grange at the Petrons Hall: 1133 Fisher Road, Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Dartmouth Grange at (508) 636-1900 for more information.

Menu for the Future

Tuesday, September 9 | 9:30PM - 9:30PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Menu for the Future - A 6 week discussion circle with readings collected and assembled by the Northwest Earth Institute exploring the connection between food and sustainability.

Introductory meeting Tuesday Sept 9th at 6:30
We'll then meet for 6 Tuesdays from Sept. 23rd through Oct 28th.

Hosted by Brix Bounty Farm at the Brix Bounty Farm: 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Derek Christianson at (508) 992-1868 for more information.

2008 Conservation and Nature Series

Friday, September 12 10:00AM - Thursday, November 20 12:00PM | Taunton, MA | directions | website

The 2008 Conservation and Nature Series, a program of the Taunton River
Watershed Campaign, will offer 13 events this fall, including outdoor trips, programs on natural history and ecology and training opportunities for residents and municipal staff of communities in the watershed. Details of all events are described at the new webpage for Campaign programs. Events occur on varying days, please refer to the website for more information about events, dates, times and locations.

Hosted by Taunton River Watershed Campaign at the Location Varies: 1298 Cohannet Street, Taunton, MA.

Contact Susan Speers at (866) 393-8792 or by e-mail for more information.

Raw Milk Dairy Day

Saturday, September 13 | 1:00PM - 7:00PM | Foxboro, MA | directions | website

Eight Massachusetts dairies that sell raw milk will open up their farms for tours and other activities. Visit your local dairy and learn why raw milk tastes so good and why it's so nutritious.

Oake Knoll Ayrshires
70 North St., Foxboro, MA
12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m
Terri Lawton
Oake Knoll, a working dairy farm, is located on a 275 year old family farm. We sell raw milk and harvest and sell vegetables in season. Our strength is milk quality, and customer input is very important in our management process. We will have milking demonstrations, calves to pet and information about feeding cows.

Bostrom Farm
701 Colrain Rd., Greenfield, MA
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kyle Bostrom
(413) 772-3732;
Visit this small grass farm raising unique foods – not commodities. Enjoy a walk through our pastures and pat the pigs!

Chase Hill Farm
74 Chase Hill Rd, Warwick, MA
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(978) 544-6327
Chase Hill Farm produces organic raw milk, armstead cheeses, pasture-raised veal and beef from grass-fed cows, eggs from pastured poultry and whey-fed pork. The farm practices sustainable farming methods, including rotational grazing, seasonal calving, and the use of draft horses. The farmers will offer grazing tours of their farm and cheese making facilities. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

Cricket Creek Farm
1255 Oblong Road, Williamstown, MA
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Jason Demay and Amy Jeschawitz
(413) 458-5888;
Cricket Creek Farm consists of over 500 acres of rolling fields and woodlots, old apple orchards and sugarbush. Our herd of 90 cows is made up of registered Brown Swiss and Jerseys. Come and tour the farm and watch milking at 4:30 p.m. Visit our farm store for local products such as syrup,
honey, Cricket Creek Farm pasture raised, grass-fed beef and pork, farmstead cheese made on the farm. Also, baked goods made fresh daily.

Lyons Brook Farm
76 Drift Road, Westport, MA
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sandi Porter
(508) 636-2552;
Lyons Brook Farm is a small goat milk dairy on the Westport River. They raise registered Alpines and Nubians. Goats are shown at many New England
fairs. Raw milk is sold at the farm. Come and enjoy walking tours of the farm and barns, milking demonstrations and goats being fitted for Fall

Robinson Farm
42 Jackson Road, Hardwick, MA
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ray and Pamela Robinson
(413) 477-6988;
Hayride 3:00
Moving cows from pasture 4:00
Cows milking 4:30
Robinson Farm is a 40-cow grass-based dairy offering certified organic eggs, raw milk, flowers, vegetables, hay and humanely raised veal, as well as local beef, pork and cheese. Come take a self-guided tour of the farm to see chickens, calves and grazing cows on pasture. The farmstand will be open. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy by the perennial flower beds.

Sidehill Farm
137 Beldingville Rd, Ashfield, MA
2:30 p.m. tour
(413) 625-0011;
Sidehill Farm will offer a guided tour beginning at 2:30 pm, including visits to pastures, the town's oldest milking parlor, and their unusual facilities – a milk room built into a step van and a yogurt plant in a semi trailer. Stay after the tour for samples of their raw milk and yogurt.

Upinngil Farm
411 Main Road, Gill, MA
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Clifford and Sorrel Hatch
(413) 863-2297;
Upinngil is a diverse farming operation. The principal enterprises are: small fruits (strawberries, raspberries and grapes); dairy (Registered
Ayrshire Cattle); field crops (potatoes, wheat, spelt, beans, pumpkins, corn); forage crops; and market garden crops. Most of the farm's production is sold at the farm through a year round farm store, seasonal farm stand and u-pick. The farm's milk, cheeses, whole grain flours, honey and maple syrup are available only at the farm. Fruit and vegetables are sold also at local food coops and markets. Tours of the dairy and cheese sampling will be available throughout the day. Tours of the farm's pastures, vineyard and berry patches will be at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There will be a
demonstration of oxen driving from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Oake Knoll Ayrshires: 70 North St, Foxboro, MA.

Contact Kate Rossiter at (413) 498-2721 for more information.

Know Your Vegetables

Monday, September 15 | 9:30PM - 9:30PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production.

We invite you (home gardeners, foodies, farmers, anybody who enjoys vegetablesŠ young and old) to join us in a free discussion series on a range
of topics related to vegetable production.

Monday Sept 15 ¬ Soil Testing and Fall Cover Crops

For more information or to RSVP please contact Brix Bounty Farm

Hosted by Brix Bounty Farm at the Brix Bounty farm: 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Derek Christianson at (508) 992-1868 for more information.

URI Fall Gardening School

Monday, September 22 9:00PM - Monday, October 27 11:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

The University of Rhode Island will be offering a six-week evening class on Mondays, beginning September 22, 2008, and running through October 27.

The course will be useful to both new and experienced gardeners looking to become more environmentally aware. Class participants can look forward to a variety of lectures with a walking tour at the end. Come prepared with all of your gardening problems and questions! Class topics include:
Soils and Fertilizer Basics
Vegetable Garden Management
Perennials 101
Garden Skills - Common Pests and Organic Controls
How to be a "Greener" Gardener
Houseplant Care and Botanical Center Tour (held on Saturday, Oct. 18)

This course can be considered an introduction to the Master Gardener program administered by the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension. Please visit to register!

Hosted by CELS Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI.

Contact Roseanne Sherry at (401) 874-2929 or by e-mail for more information.

"King Corn" - Documentary Screening

Wednesday, September 24 10:00PM - Thursday, September 25 12:30AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Join Farm Fresh RI and Local 121 for a screening of the documentary "King Corn."

"In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically
modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most- productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile
of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm."

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

Contact Jessica Knapp at (401) 863-6509 or by e-mail for more information.

CPA Adoption Training

Saturday, September 27 | 12:00PM - 12:00PM | Dighton, MA | directions | website

Teams of five or more from a community should register by Friday, September 12th. Our workshop is sponsored by the Community Preservation Coalition in partnership with The Trustees of Reservations
and is part of the fall programs of the Taunton River Watershed Campaign. The Community Preservation Act is a Massachusetts state law that allows cities and towns to adopt a small surcharge on their local property tax to set money aside for open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing creation and recreational purposes. Funds generated locally receive a state match of up to 100%.Area communities that recently adopted CPA include West Bridgewater, Plympton, Hanson and Stoughton.

Hosted by Taunton River Watershed at the Bristol County Agricultural High School: 135 Center Street, Dighton, MA.

Contact Liz Gimson at (617) 371-0556 for more information.

URI GreenShare Garden School

Saturday, September 27 | 12:30PM - 6:30PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Attention gardeners! This September it’s time to go back to school - the GreenShare way!

This year we are departing from GreenShare Field Day’s traditional festival format to bring you “GreenShare Garden School,” a day of workshops and tours designed to help you keep those thumbs green and the environment healthy!

With topics ranging from “green” gardening, to hydrangeas, to composting, there will be classes to pique everyone’s interest. Be sure to bring any pesky weeds along to be ID’ed, soil samples for a free pH test, and those tricky questions for our Master Gardeners and Master Composters!

Visit to Register!

Hosted by URI CELS Outreach Center at the URI CELS Outreach Center: 3 East Alumni Ave., Kingston, RI.

Contact Mamie Chen at (401) 874-2900 or by e-mail for more information.

Fall Festival

Saturday, September 27 | 1:00PM - 6:00PM | Billerica, MA | directions | website

We will be having our annual Fall Festival at Griggs Farm on Saturday Sept. 27th from 10am-3pm. We will be having tractor rides to our orchard where you can pick apples and pumpkins! We also will be having pumpkin painting. Alpine Angels will also be coming back and bringing their goats and their homemade goat soap.
A great time for the whole family.

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

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

Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 27 | 3:00PM - 9:00PM | Charlton, MA | directions | website

Live bluegrass music, food, wine, Pick your own apple, pie eating contest and more

Hosted by Charlton Orchards Group LLC at the Charlton Orchards Farm: 44 Old Worcester Road, Charlton, MA.

Contact Patty Benjamin at (508) 224-8782 or by e-mail for more information.