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Events: August 2009

RI Local Food Fest

Tuesday, August 4 | 8:00PM - 11:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

A ramble through the flavors of Rhode Island
The benefit for Farm Fresh Rhode Island at Castle Hill

An evening celebrating Rhode Island farmers, fishermen and food artisans. Featuring a dozen local farmers and producers, each teamed up with chefs from Castle Hill, Blackstone Catering, Newport Restaurant Group and eight more. Plus, local wines, beers, a raw bar, live music by Superchief Trio and a silent auction.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and Castle Hill at the Castle Hill Inn: 590 Ocean Drive, Newport, RI.

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

35th Annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference

Friday, August 7 1:00PM - Sunday, August 9 7:00PM | Amherst, MA | directions | website

150 workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, sustainability and homesteading. Teen and children’s program.

Organic Lawn & Turf Course - Community Farm Workshop Track – Mass Grass Grazing School

Keynote speakers: Paul Stamets, mushroom expert and author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World and Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, an organization that brings knowledge about sustainable food systems to urban areas

Entertainment including dancing, country fair, barter event, and farmers’ market

Dorm rooms, camping and wholesome organic meals

To register visit For more information contact the NOFA Summer Conference office at (978) 355-2853 or

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association at the University of Massachusetts: Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA.

Contact Julie Rawson at (978) 355-2853 or by e-mail for more information.

Canning Workshop

Wednesday, August 12 | 10:00PM - 11:30PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

Canning Workshop

Enjoy the tastes of summer all winter long. Fresh healthy fruits and vegetables from your garden or farmer's market can be home canned in your kitchen. This demonstration will get you started.

Admission: $10.00

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

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

Food Preservation Basics

Wednesday, August 19 10:00PM - Thursday, August 20 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

Fee: $5.00 donation to Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Food preservation including canning, freezing and drying allows the home gardener, owner of a CSA share or Farmer’s Market shopper to preserve locally-grown fruits and vegetables for use throughout the year. During this two hour workshop, Martha Smith Patnoad, MS, CP-FS , of the RI Cooperative Extension, will discuss methods of food preservation including canning, freezing and drying. Her presentation will focus on the need to use recipes and preparation instructions that are based on research and tested by USDA affiliated land grant universities as well as companies that manufacture and sell food preservation equipment. She will also discuss the need to follow these same principles when making jams and jellies, salsas, and pickles and relishes. Please pre-register as seating is limited. Call 401-621-5990.

Martha Smith Patnoad, MS, CP-FS has been affiliated with the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension for over thirty years. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Six Year Professional Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education from the University of Connecticut. For the past 18 years, she has been a Food Safety Education Specialist/ Cooperative Extension Professor and t in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is a founding member of the RI Food Safety Task Force.

Hosted by Whole Foods Market University Heights at the Whole Foods Market University Heights: 601 N. Main Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Bonnie Frechette at (401) 621-5990 or by e-mail for more information.

Dartmouth Grange Fair

Saturday, August 29 1:00PM - Sunday, August 30 8:00PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions

The Dartmouth Grange in Russells Mills Village will host their annual Rural Community Fair. Visit the educational booths to learn more about local bee keeping, historic houses, local heirloom vegetables and much more.

Hosted by Dartmouth Grange at the Dartmouth Grange in historic Russells Mills Village: 1133 Fisher Rd., Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Nancy Manley at (508) 636-4562 for more information.

Kenyon's Grist Mill, End of Summer Event

Saturday, August 29 1:00PM - Sunday, August 30 8:00PM | West Kingston, RI | directions | website

August 29 & 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free Admission, Parking, Kayaking, Tours, and Local Food Samples.

Hosted by Kenyon's at the Kenyon's Grist Mill: 21 Glen Rock Road, West Kingston, RI.

Contact Paul Drumm III at (401) 742-2778 or by e-mail for more information.

Coastal Vineyards Open House

Sunday, August 30 | 4:00PM - 8:00PM | S. Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Tour our Vineyards and Winery & Taste Our Wines
Enjoy live music and light refreshments.

(Bring blanket or chairs and relax on the lawn overlooking the vineyard!)

Established in 2004, Coastal Vineyards is a 8 acre vineyard and winery producing eight different varietal varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. Visit their OPEN HOUSE to learn more!

Hosted by Coastal Vineyards at the Coastal Vineyards, Dartmouth: 61 Pardon Hill Rd., S. Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Dave Neilson, Owner/Winemaker at (774) 202-4876 or by e-mail for more information.