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Events: February 2009

RI Local Food Forum

Wednesday, February 4 | 11:30AM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A networking opportunity for farmers, restaurants and food service buyers.

This year's theme is "Food Routes: On the go from Farm to Food to Compost". In addition to general networking and local food discussion, there will be a special focus on distribution models for getting food from local fields to the table and then back to the fields.

Registration online. Free.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and Brown Dining Services at the Andrews Dining Hall, Brown University: Cushing St. & Brown St., Providence, RI.

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

Blues Guitarist Paul Geremia at Greenvale Vineyards

Friday, February 6 10:00PM - Saturday, February 7 12:30AM | Portsmouth, RI | directions | website

Enjoy a performance by nationally acclaimed blues guitarist Paul Geremia in the restored stable turned tasting room. Seating limited to 40. $25./person

Hosted by Greenvale Vineyards at the Greenvale Vineyards: 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI.

Contact Nancy Parker Wilson at (401) 847-3777 or by e-mail for more information.

Open Farm and Winter Sale

Saturday, February 14 1:00PM - Sunday, February 15 7:00PM | Shutesbury, MA | directions | website

February 14 & 15
Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm
243 West Pelham Rd, Shutesbury
Craigieburn Farm Alpacas is opening its barn doors
to the public again. Meet these whimsical and beautiful animals – their luxurious fiber is said to be as soft as cashmere. Come and find out for yourself!
• Most Winter items are ON SALE
• PRICES ARE REDUCED on ALL children’s items PLUS some hats, gloves, scarves, socks, sweaters and throws.
• FREE fleece samples

Hosted by Craigieburn Farm Alpacas at the Craigieburn Farm Alpacas: 243 W. Pelham Rd, Shutesbury, MA.

Contact Steve Rice at (413) 253-4485 or by e-mail for more information.

Online Course for Beginning Farmers

Wednesday, February 18 | 3:00PM - 6:00PM | Norwich, NY | directions | website

The NY Beginning Farmer Project announces the next round of online courses designed to help plan new farm enterprises.

Starting Feb. 18, *Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Resources and Choosing an Enterprise* is 5 weeks long. The second course, *Marketing and Profits: Making Money Selling What You Grow*is 6 weeks long and begins March 18. Both courses are designed to stand alone, or build on each other by being taken back-to-back. They will be taught by educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension, and both courses will incorporate real-time interaction with webinars.

Register soon as space is limited. Cost is $100 per course or $150 for both. See website for computer requirements and registration details.

Hosted by Chenango County Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Online: 99 N Broad St., Norwich, NY.

Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at (607) 334-5841 for more information.

Second Annual Harvest New England Farmers' Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show

Wednesday, February 25 12:00PM - Thursday, February 26 8:00PM | Sturbridge, MA | directions | website

Second Annual Harvest New England Farmers' Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show

February 25- 26, 2009; Sturbridge, Massachusetts .

Growers from across the Northeast
will convene at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center in scenic Sturbridge Massachusetts on Wednesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 26, 2009 for the Harvest New England Farmers' Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show.

Over 700 attendees joined us for our first conference in February 2007. Plans are for an even bigger and better event in 2009.
This unique marketing conference targets New England farmers interested in learning new marketing ideas or fine-tuning strategies for business success. There will be over 20
workshops covering a wide range of marketing and business planning topics. Ag technology, farmers' markets, agritourism, media relations, and starting new farmer information are some of the workshops planned.

A full trade show will provide information on the latest products and services. Specialty food producers from across the Northeast also have been invited to take part in the trade show
to showcase unique local products perfect for roadside stands.

The conference is sponsored by Harvest New England and all six New England State Departments of Agriculture, in cooperation with:
• Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
• Cooperative Development Institute
• Federation of Massachusetts Farmers' Markets
• Essex Heritage
• Rhode Island Center for Agricultural Promotion and Education
• Berkshire Grown
• Edible Boston
• Massachusetts Roadside Stand Association
• University of Maine Cooperative Extension
• University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
• Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP)
• USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
• USDA Farm Services Agency
• Northeast Harvest

For more information contact the CT Department of Agriculture at 860-713-2503 or visit

Hosted by Harvest New England and all six New England State Departments of Agriculture at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center: 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA.

Contact CT Department of Agriculture at (860) 713-2503 for more information.

Movie Night: American Farm

Wednesday, February 25 | 9:00PM - 11:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

James Spione's documentary, American Farm, about the upstate New York dairy farm that has been in Spione's mother's family for over 150 years. His cousin is the fifth generation to face the challenges of running this family farm, and has survived recession and pressure from agribusiness, among other challenges. Now that he is approaching seventy, and with none of his six children interested in assuming responsibility for running the farm, it must be sold.

The film is narrated entirely by the family members and chronicles the
history of the farm as well as the social circumstances surrounding small family farming that have led to the decision to sell.

There will be a buffet of locally-sourced food available for $15 (RSVP requested) as well as a cash bar. Admission to the movie is free.

The room will open at 6pm and the buffet will be served starting at 6:15pm. The movie will start at 7pm.

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

Contact Local 121 at (401) 274-2121 or by e-mail for more information.

Sustainable Food: Diet and Distance

Thursday, February 26 | 8:30PM - 10:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

We can have a big impact on the size of our ecological footprint with the food we eat, or don’t eat and by choosing where it comes from. Come to the Evolution Forum this month and learn more at Sustainable Food: Diet and Distance.

Check in and socializing from 5:30 with program starting at 6:30.

Panelists will include:
* Ken Ayars, RI Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture
* Noah Fulmer, Farm Fresh Rhode Island
* Erik Eacker, Ledge End Farm
* Scott Pollard, State Representative, Coventry, Foster and Glocester, District 40
* Katherine Brown, Southside Community Land Trust

Hosted by Apeiron Institute at the Apeiron: 17 Gordon Ave., Providence, RI.

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

Children's Garden Network Winter School

Saturday, February 28 | 11:30AM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

The Children's Garden Network is pleased to announce the launching of the 2009 Winter School for parents, teachers, administrators, community members, gardening friends and others interested and/or engaged in growing garden education programs at schools and youth organizations.

The CGN Winter School is being sponsored by Whole Foods Markets through proceeds from its 5% Day being held at all three store locations on Tuesday, February 10, 2009.

The Winter School will be hosted by the URI/CELS Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.

Thanks to our sponsor and host, the CGN is able to offer these courses at a reduced rate to encourage your participation. Please join us!

Tip:This is the perfect opportunity to get your entire garden team up to speed. Bring them along!

For a full description of each course,pleaee visit the CGN website page listed here.and don't forget to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

Make it Work: Garden Team Building and Program Organization
February 28 or March 7th
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Green Thumbs 101- Basic Horticultural Skills
March 7th
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Teaching Schoolyard Garden Design to Students
March 14 and 21st (Two-Part Course)
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Creating a Field Guide from Your School's Environment
March 14 or 21st
Hi-on-a-Hill Herb Farm & Gardens, N. Smithfield

Dig in and Grow: Creating Garden Programs to Meet Special Education and Therapeutic Goals
March 28
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Hosted by RICAPE at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI.

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