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Events: January 2009

Know Your Vegetables

Thursday, January 1 | 9:30PM - 9:30PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

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

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

For more information or to RSVP please contact Brix Bounty Farm

Future Topics:

January 2009 ¬ Preparing a Seed Order and Variety Selection

February 2009 ¬ Tools for the Vegetable Garden, Small- Scale Farm

March 2009 ¬ Seed Starting, Greenhouses and Cold Frames

April 2009 - Sustainable Production Techniques, Row Covers and Transplanting

May 2009 ¬ Weeds, Cultivation, and Stale Bedding

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.

Renewable Energy on Your Farm Workshop

Wednesday, January 14 | 12:30PM - 3:00PM | Exeter, RI | directions

Attention Rhode Island Farmers & Small Business Owners in Rural Areas:

Want To Save Money On Your Energy Bills?

The USDA Renewable Energy for America Project (REAP) grant can help you save money and energy by providing funds for:
* Renewable Energy Systems (Wind, Solar, Biomass, Hydroelectric, etc.)
* Energy Efficiency Projects (Improvements That Reduce Energy Consumption)

Find out how you can save money and energy by attending a FREE information session offered by the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. Learn from experts about available systems and upgrades to meet your needs, and about the grant application process:
* Solar and wind experts will answer your questions about renewable energy systems
* Energy efficiency experts will provide best practice examples and performance information
* The REAP grant program and application process will be explained
* Refreshments will be served!

Please register by contacting Luke.

Hosted by Apeiron Institute at the Exeter Grange: 469 Ten Rod Rd., Exeter, RI.

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

Elizabeth Henderson on Local, Organic and Fair Farming

Friday, January 16 10:00PM - Saturday, January 17 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

NOFA hosts farmer and author Elizabeth Henderson to share her extensive experience with organic farming and kick off the “Organic Matters in Rhode Island” campaign. FREE for NOFA members, $5 for nonmembers. Farms that are members of NOFA are welcome to set up a table with information at this event.

Hosted by NOFA at the Brown University Smith-Buonanno Hall Room 106: 95 Cushing St, Providence, RI.

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

22nd NOFA/Mass Annual Winter Conference

Saturday, January 17 | 12:00PM - 8:30PM | Worcester, MA | directions

Northeast Organic Farming Association: Massachusetts Chapter
22nd Annual Winter Conference
Organic Farming: The Roots of a Sustainable Community
Saturday, January 17th, 2009
9.00am-5.30pm
Worcester Vocational Technical High School, Worcester, Ma
Keynote Speech: Eliot Coleman -“Small Growers are the Soul of Organics”
All day workshop by Eliot Coleman: Four Season Growing
• Over 35 other workshops on crops, gardening, livestock, farm management, organic land care, sustainable life-styles, homesteading and more!
• NOFA/Mass Annual Meeting!
• Great children’s program!
• Delicious Potluck lunch!
• Lively exhibit area!
Registration cost: $50 with discounts available
$100 for Eliot Coleman Workshop (includes general conference admission)
Pre-registration now open
For more information visit www.nofamass.org or contact Conference Coordinator, Jassy Bratko jassy.bratko@nofamass.org or 978-928-5646

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Worcester Vocational Technical High School: 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA.

Contact Jassy Bratko at (978) 928-5646 or by e-mail for more information.

Is farm leasing right for you?

Saturday, January 17 | 2:30PM - 4:30PM | Worcester, MA | directions | website

Access to farmland is one of the biggest challenges for new farmers. For many, leasing may be an effective strategy. Leases can offer you affordable, flexible and secure access to farms, land, and buildings.

Find out about leases and leasing -- what’s in a lease, types of leases and how to negotiate a good lease.

Here’s how to learn more. Land For Good is offering workshops and an online tutorial on leasing for farmers.

At the NOFA/MA winter conference.

Hosted by Land for Good at the Worcester Vo-Tech High School: 1 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA.

Contact Jassy Bratko at (978) 928-5646 or by e-mail for more information.

Renewable Energy on Your Farm Workshop

Wednesday, January 21 | 4:00PM - 6:30PM | Charlestown, RI | directions

Attention Rhode Island Farmers & Small Business Owners in Rural Areas:

Want To Save Money On Your Energy Bills?

The USDA Renewable Energy for America Project (REAP) grant can help you save money and energy by providing funds for:
* Renewable Energy Systems (Wind, Solar, Biomass, Hydroelectric, etc.)
* Energy Efficiency Projects (Improvements That Reduce Energy Consumption)

Find out how you can save money and energy by attending a FREE information session offered by the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. Learn from experts about available systems and upgrades to meet your needs, and about the grant application process:
* Solar and wind experts will answer your questions about renewable energy systems
* Energy efficiency experts will provide best practice examples and performance information
* The REAP grant program and application process will be explained
* Refreshments will be served!

Please register by contacting Luke.

Hosted by Apeiron Institute at the Kettle Pond USF&W Center: 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI.

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

NRCS Conservation Grant Workshop

Wednesday, January 21 | 9:00PM - 11:00PM | Chepachet, RI | directions | website

The 2008 Farm Bill was recently approved with over $7 million dollars for private agricultural and private forestry or woodland owners!

Although NRCS accepts applications for assistance throughout the year, the next milestone
application deadline is February 1, 2009.

Come learn about how NRCS grants provide financial and technical assistance that address:
Composting animal and plant wastes:
Protecting crop fields
Preventing soil erosion
Enhancing your woodlands
Eradicating invasive plant species
Managing your manure
Improving your pasture land
Reducing your irrigation water use
Improving your water quality
rotecting and enhancing wildlife areas

Whether or not you are familiar with NRCS' programs, technical and financial assistance
available, have completed an application, or plan on completing an application, the workshop
will provide valuable information including:
Summary of programs available to address common conservation needs
Review Application Process
Review Planning Process
Review Contract Process

Hosted by Natural Resource Conservation Service at the Chepachet Grange: 56 Victory Highway, Chepachet, RI.

Contact Tom Sandham at (401) 949-1480 for more information.

Renewable Energy on Your Farm Workshop

Wednesday, January 28 | 4:00PM - 6:30PM | Chepachet, RI | directions

Attention Rhode Island Farmers & Small Business Owners in Rural Areas:

Want To Save Money On Your Energy Bills?

The USDA Renewable Energy for America Project (REAP) grant can help you save money and energy by providing funds for:
* Renewable Energy Systems (Wind, Solar, Biomass, Hydroelectric, etc.)
* Energy Efficiency Projects (Improvements That Reduce Energy Consumption)

Find out how you can save money and energy by attending a FREE information session offered by the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. Learn from experts about available systems and upgrades to meet your needs, and about the grant application process:
* Solar and wind experts will answer your questions about renewable energy systems
* Energy efficiency experts will provide best practice examples and performance information
* The REAP grant program and application process will be explained
* Refreshments will be served!

Please register by contacting Luke.

Hosted by Apeiron Institute at the Chepachet Grange: 28 Chopmist Hill Road, Chepachet, RI.

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

NRCS Conservation Grant Workshop

Wednesday, January 28 | 9:00PM - 11:00PM | Tiverton, RI | directions | website

The 2008 Farm Bill was recently approved with over $7 million dollars for private agricultural and private forestry or woodland owners!

Although NRCS accepts applications for assistance throughout the year, the next milestone
application deadline February 1, 2009.

Come learn about how NRCS grants provide financial and technical assistance that address:
Composting animal and plant wastes:
Protecting crop fields
Preventing soil erosion
Enhancing your woodlands
Eradicating invasive plant species
Managing your manure
Improving your pasture land
Reducing your irrigation water use
Improving your water quality
rotecting and enhancing wildlife areas

Whether or not you are familiar with NRCS' programs, technical and financial assistance
available, have completed an application, or plan on completing an application, the workshop
will provide valuable information including:
Summary of programs available to address common conservation needs
Review Application Process
Review Planning Process
Review Contract Process

Hosted by Natural Resource Conservation Service at the Eastern Conservation District Office (behind White Wine Plaza): 2490 Main Road, Tiverton, RI.

Contact Tom Sandham at (401) 949-1480 for more information.