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Events: April 2009

Training: Equipment Use and Maintenance

Thursday, April 2 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Dracut, MA | directions | website

Are you a maverick with a machine or a newcomer with no clue? Either way- this workshop is for you! Come brush up on your skills or learn for the first time about operating small farm and garden machines. You will learn about basic repairs and maintenance, and an emphasis will be put on the safe operation of rototillers, attachments (sickle bar, mowers, cultivators, hillers) and other small farm equipment and tools.

The Equipment Field Training will begin at 4pm and will end roughly at 6pm. This is the second workshop in the Spring/Summer series. To view a schedule of all workshops, please go to .

Please register in advance by replying to The cost for each field training is $15, free for New Entry graduates.

Hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at the Richardson's Dairy Farm: 1471 Bridge St., Dracut, MA.

Contact McKenzie Boekholder at (978) 654-6745 or by e-mail for more information.

Welcome Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts Farmers to Agritourism 2009!

Friday, April 3 | 11:30AM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Rhode Island FarmWays is becoming New England FarmWays!

Working on and behind the scene with tourism professionals, state agncies, universities and others to grow agritourism in the region, we are pleased to announce this exciting initiative. The recent dramatic gains in direct marketing and on-the-farm activities provide new opportunities for us all.

Beginning this year, New England FarmWays will be open to farm operators in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Following the many requests we have received and a broader regional strategy and infrastructure that has been developed, we are changing our name to invite and assist you to take advantage of an expanded line of services.

Learn more about this exciting development and what it means for you.

Registration Fee: $15.00 per person. No charge for current RI FarmWays members.

The Agenda
Become a member of New England FarmWays and enjoy the benefits of membership:
New membership structure for farms, associations and businesses
Free Farm site assessments
Full-Page presentation and photos on the FarmWays website
Cooperative Marketing and Advertising Opportunities
Business, hospitality and tourism training and professional development

And, opporunities to:
Build more expansive tourism connections
Conduct successful programs on your farm
Enlist teachers, nature educators and students for summer work
Hold successful food and wine events

Want to hold your place at the table? Pre-Register on the RIFW website on "Contact Us" page. Please write in box "AT Program 4/3."

Hosted by RICAPE at the Save the Bay: 100 Save The Bay Dr., Providence, RI.

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

Spring Garden School

Monday, April 6 9:00PM - Monday, May 11 11:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Jump start your home garden by enrolling in

URI Outreach Center’s
2009 Spring Gardening School

Monday evenings
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
April 6th through May 11th
at the Coastal Institute’s
Weaver Auditorium on the Kingston campus

Spring Gardening School will cover the essentials of home gardening and landscape management. Topics will include vegetable gardening basics, Perennial Gardening Basics, Best Pests, Green lawns: Low-impact Lawn Care, Herb Gardening Basics and Landscape Pruning.

Classes will be held in Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute, with instructors from the URI Outreach Center staff and veteran URI Master Gardeners.

The only prerequisite for this class is a desire to have more fun in your garden.

Class fee is $150 and includes all class materials. Enrollment is limited to 75 people to ensure adequate seating.

Registration forms may be obtained at the URI Mallon Outreach Center, 3 East Alumni Avenue, on the URI Kingston Campus or online at

For more information, contact the URI CELS Extension and Outreach Center at 401-874-2900, or by e-mail at

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI Kingston Campus, Weaver Auditorium: 1 Greenhouse Rd., Kingston, RI.

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

Volunteer Training

Tuesday, April 14 | 10:00PM - 11:30PM | South Deerfield, MA | directions | website

Learn how to be an advocate for CISA and promote locally grown farm products in Western Mass.

Trainig is geared toward Community Outreach Volunteers but open to anyone interested in learning about us. Pre-registration is requested. We have a lot of tabling opportunities on the horizon and will need a committed group of volunteers to assist with the important task of spreading the word about CISA and our local farms.

Hosted by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture at the CISA office: One Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, MA.

Contact Tracie at (413) 665-7100 x12 or by e-mail for more information.

Heifer Intl RI Volunteer Meeting

Saturday, April 18 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions | website

Come learn about our Heifer Volunteer Community of Rhode Island. Help us end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.
When the meeting is done, join us as we shop the Wintertime Farmer's Market for fresh and local food!

Hosted by Heifer International at the Hope Artiste Village: 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

Contact Kate Sheehan at (508) 886-5048 or by e-mail for more information.

UMass Earth Week 2009

Wednesday, April 22 1:00PM - Thursday, April 23 6:00PM | Amherst, MA | directions

This event seeks to join a number of groups together, both on and off campus, which embody ideas that seek, in some way, to more sustainably coexist with the planet we depend on. We are certainly aware that this includes local farmers and businesses. I will be emailing some of the most local farms and businesses, but others can feel free to call or email me and see if there is any space available. Right now we have 30 spaces and several other tables planned already, but there is possibility for expansion. Local farms and businesses are invited to table, talk, and hold workshops. Anyone who would like to distribute food or sell food and other items should contact me and I will help them obtain the requisite forms. I know many of you are busy, and may not have products to sell yet, but if anything I'm hoping this will allow more visibility amongst young people. These are people that may choose to patronize your business as an alternative to large corporate chains. Perhaps they will choose to buy a CSA share instead of a meal plan when they move off campus.

To all of you, best luck this season
Earth Week 2009 and Jason

Hosted by UMass Gardenshare at the UMass Library Lawn: CTR Student Dev./GardenShare 41 Campus Center Way 314 Student Union University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Contact Jason Noon-Damiani at (908) 531-7673 or by e-mail for more information.

Worm Composting Workshop

Wednesday, April 22 10:00PM - Thursday, April 23 12:00AM | Bristol, RI | directions

Worm Composting Workshop
Turn your kitchen waste and other organic matter into fertile productive compost. Vermicompost can be used to grow healthy vegetables in the garden. Learn how to set up your worm bin and how to use your vermicompost.

Admission $15.00 or $25.00 per couple
Reservations required

Hosted by Mount Hope Farm at the Mount Hope Farm The Barn: 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, RI.

Contact David Liddle at (401) 254-1745 x103 or by e-mail for more information.

Sugar Hollow Farm Opening Day

Saturday, April 25 | 11:00AM - 8:00PM | Phillipston, MA | directions | website

Purchase veggie and flower seedlings, crafts & more.
10AM - Workshop: Going Solar with Peter Slota from New England Solar Store. Peter will be on hand to discuss the how's and whys & rebates of going solar. Receive a coupon towards your project.
10:45AM - Eating Locally: A NOFA representative will be on hand to discuss the economic and health benefits of eating locally grown food.
11:30 - Living Naturally Workshop based on on the book, The Modern Pioneer, An Almanac of Natural Living. I will also be hosting a workshop on aromatherapy. Coupons to be given for the book and/or a bottle of aromatherapy oil.
1 - 2: MUSIC - Jammin with Friends - listen to bluegrass, contemporary, and more
3-4: SLACK - a Rock Cover band

Hosted by Sugar Hollow Farm at the Sugar Hollow Farm: 425 Queen Lake Rd, Phillipston, MA.

Contact Lauren Roy at (978) 652-5186 or by e-mail for more information.

Preservation Steps Out: 24th Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Saturday, April 25 | 11:30AM - 9:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

The 24th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference presents “Preservation Steps Out: Preserving Outdoor Places” at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus on Saturday, April 25.

Steve Taylor, dairy farmer and former New Hampshire Agriculture Commissioner, will deliver the keynote address, “Cows, Countryside, and Community: Can the Working Landscape of Rural New England Be Saved?” He will present what is working and what more can be done to preserve New England’s rural landscape and the delicate balance of forest, farms, and development. Taylor will also participate in a plenary discussion panel with representatives of Rhode Island’s farming community, state government, and advocacy organizations.

The conference will explore the preservation of outdoor places—historic farms, woodlands, shorelines, campuses, and rural villages. The program includes three consecutive sessions on preserving working farms, historic barns and outbuildings, and open space. Always a highlight of the conference, tours will include visits to local farms, the seaside communities of Matunuck and Narragansett Pier, and the villages of Shannock, Kingston, and Wickford.

The conference is a great opportunity to learn about new developments and to network with peers in the fields of historic preservation, agriculture, heritage tourism, and planning. The registration fee is $40, which includes morning coffee and snack, lunch, and closing reception.

Hosted by RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission at the URI Kingston Campus: Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI.

Contact Janet Balletto at (401) 732-1009 or by e-mail for more information.

Second Annual Island Alpaca Shearing Day

Saturday, April 25 | 12:00PM - 8:00PM | Oak Bluffs, MA | directions | website

Come watch and explore the full process of harvesting the fleece from our herd. Learn about the fleece to fiber transition. Fun and informative for individuals of all ages. Refreshments and light lunches available for all to enjoy. VIsit our farm store to see the end result of this great process. Beautiful roving, yarns, and locally produced garments from these wonderful animals that graze in our pastures! Hope to see you at the farm.

Please sign our guest book to receive an email reminder about the event! -- Need a place to stay, or to house your extra guests? Visit our accommodation pages. (

Admission: $5 per person

See you at the farm!

Hosted by Island Alpaca Co. of Martha's Vineyard at the Island Alpaca Farm, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard: 1 Head of the Pond Road, Oak Bluffs, MA.

Contact Barbara Ronchetti at (508) 693-5554 or by e-mail for more information.

Volunteer Training

Saturday, April 25 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM | Northampton, MA | directions | website

Learn how to be an advocate for CISA and promote locally grown farm products in Western Mass.

Training is geared toward Community Outreach Volunteers but open to anyone interested in learning about us. Pre-registration is requested. We have a lot of tabling opportunities on the horizon and will need a committed group of volunteers to assist with the important task of spreading the word about CISA and our local farms.

The MEF conference room is located behind Woodstar Cafe on the main level.

Hosted by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture at the Media Education Foundtion's conference room: 60 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA.

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

Northeast SARE grant workshop

Tuesday, April 28 | 1:00PM - 6:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Northeast SARE is hosting a grant workshop in Rhode Island for people who anticipate submitting a preproposal for a Professional Development or Research and Education grant. This is in addition to our current workshop offerings in Albany, Baltimore, and Manchester.
If you are planning to come to one of these optional workshops, whether in Rhode Island or one of our other locations, please note that the Albany workshop set for May 5 is full. There are still slots open in Manchester (May 7) and Baltimore (May 8), and in the new Rhode Island location.

All workshops are free and include a light working lunch.
To sign up for Manchester or Baltimore, send e-mail to

Please note that these workshops are specific to the larger SARE grants that have a preproposal, and won't cover how to apply for a Farmer, Partnership, or Sustainable Community grant.

Hosted by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education at the URI East Farm: 2095 Kingstown Rd., Kingston, RI.

Contact Kristen Castrataro at (401) 874-2967 or by e-mail for more information.

Movie Showing: Black Gold

Wednesday, April 29 9:00PM - Thursday, April 30 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

Black Gold shines a light on the coffee industry and tells the story of a cooperative of coffee farmers in Ethiopia who are working to get out of bankruptcy. While multi-national corporations make record profits, coffee farmers around the world get left behind. Special guest Rik Kleinfeldt of New Harvest Coffee Roasters will speak about his recent coffee sourcing trip and share his experiences, as well as his delicious fair trade coffee, with us.

Local 121 will provide a buffet of locally-sourced food for $15 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.

Please RSVP to Local 121 at 401-274-2121.

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

Contact Local 121 at (401) 274-2121 for more information.