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Events: September 2009

Roots Down New Bedford

Tuesday, September 1 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | New Bedford, MA | directions | website

Sept. 1st - Short and Sweet Salad Greens: Seeds to Sow in September and Extending the Season with Row Covers.

Roots Down New Bedford is part of a FREE monthly series focusing on sustainable gardening techniques, held the first Tuesday of the month @ 4pm. This series was developed to help new and experienced gardeners gain a deeper understanding of methods used in healthy food production. To further help build local food security for our community.

Hosted by Safe Soils for Healthy Foods Project / Brix Bounty Farm at the Lawler Branch Public Library: 745 Rockdale Ave. (NE corner of Buttonwood Park), New Bedford, MA.

Contact Derek Christianson at (508) 992-1868 or by e-mail for more information.

60th Annual Middleboro 4-H Fair

Friday, September 4 8:00PM - Sunday, September 6 3:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions | website

Take a step back in time and enjoy a traditional 4-H fair complete with Farm Animals, Books, Food, Exhibits and Auction.

Friday Sept. 4th - 5pm - 11pm
Sat. Sept. 5th - 9am - 11pm
Sunday Sept. 6th - 8am - noon.

Hosted by Middleboro 4-H at the Thompson Street, Middleboro: 183 Thompson Street, Middleboro, MA.

Contact Middleboro 4-H'ers at (508) 947-7218 for more information.

Slow Food RI's Time for Lunch Eat-In

Monday, September 7 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM | Tiverton, RI | directions | website

Join Slow Food Rhode Island at our Eat-in - one of nearly 250 Eat-ins taking place nationwide this Labor Day - to kick off the Slow Food USA Time for Lunch campaign (

Time for Lunch aims to change the Child Nutrition Act by letting our legislators know that healthy food in schools is important to us all. The Child Nutrition Act governs the National School Lunch Program, which sets the standard for the food that more than 30 million children eat every school day. In the last few decades, as school budgets have been cut, our nation's schools have struggled to serve children the healthy food they need.

Primary goals of Time for Lunch are to increase the amount allotted for each school lunch by a dollar - from $2.57 to $3.57, to guarantee 50 million dollars in funding for Farm-to-School programs, and to enact high standards for all food sold in schools, including vending machines and fast food outposts.

To read more about the Child Nutrition Act and the National School Lunch program, please visit Slow Food USA's Time for Lunch website (

Slow Food Rhode Island will be kicking off our Time for Lunch campaign efforts - which will continue throughout the fall - with an Eat-in - a pot-luck get-together held on the beautiful grounds of the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center on Labor Day. Nearly 250 Eat-ins are planned in 49 states, all taking place on Labor Day.

The Slow Food RI Eat-in will start at 2pm, and in addition to good food, great company, and supporting an important cause, there will also be live music. State legislators and school administrators have been invited to attend as well.

If you are planning to attend the Eat-in, please email to let us know you'll be joining us, and to let us know what dish you're planning to bring. There is no admission for the Eat-in, though donations in any amount are appreciated to offset the facility fees.

If you cannot attend the Slow Food RI Eat-in, please be sure to sign the petition on the Time for Lunch website, contact your legislators to let them know that healthy food in schools is important to you, and spread the word to your friends. If you'd like to organize your own Eat-in, information on coordinating Eat-ins is available at the Time for Lunch website:

We look forward to seeing you at the Eat-in and your support in reaching out to your legislators about the Child Nutrition Act.

Hosted by Slow Food Rhode Island at the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center: 3852 Main Road, Tiverton, RI.

Contact Becky Sartini by e-mail for more information.

Feast in the Field

Friday, September 11 9:00PM - Saturday, September 12 1:00AM | Portsmouth, RI | directions | website

You are cordially invited to join us for a culinary experience celebrating locally produced seasonal foods, native wines and a spectacular coastal New England setting.

The Field
6:00pm Vineyard tour, hors d' oeuvres & wine pairings in the Chardonnay Vineyard overlooking the Sakonnet River

The Feast
7:15pm: Three course chef tasting dinner & wine pairings in the Stable Tasting Room

Prepared & presented by
Jonathan Cambra, Executive Chef, Castle Hill Inn & Resort, Newport, RI
Mike Conetta, Executive Chef, Waterman Grille, Providence, RI
Casey Riley, Culinary Arts Director, Newport Restaurant Group, Newport RI
Blackstone Caterers, Newport, RI

Tickets are $125 per person
Seating is limited: Tickets in advance only. Purchase by September 4, 2009.

Feast in the Field Is a series of culinary experiences held at Rhode Island's & Southern New England's unique agricultural settings. "Feast in the Field" is a signature event held to benefit New England FarmWays, a special initiative of the Rhode Island Center for Agriculture Promotion and Education (RICAPE) to showcase the history, culture, ecology and beauty of the farms and vineyards of Rhode Island & Southern New England.

RICAPE is the 2009 Edible Communities Non-Profit of the Year for it's "outstanding contributions to the local food movement in Rhode Island."

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

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

Pickling and Fermenting Workshop

Wednesday, September 16 | 10:00PM - 11:30PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

Pickling and Fermenting Workshop

Fermenting foods was once the way to preserve food for use in the winter months. Fermented foods last longer and have health benefits. Learn ways to pickle foods so they can be stored short or long term. This lecture demonstraton 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.

Natick Community Organic Farm's 7th Annual Harvest Dinner & Silent Green Auction

Monday, September 21 9:00PM - Tuesday, September 22 12:00AM | Sherborn, MA | directions | website

The 7th Annual Harvest Dinner and Silent Green Auction is NCOF’s largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds go to support the Teen Work Summer Program, an apprenticing and mentoring program for teenagers ages fourteen to eighteen.

The Sherborn Inn’s cook staff will create a bountiful meal using organic, local food from NCOF and other local establishments as well as local cheeses produced in Massachusetts. The bar will feature organic wines and beer. This year’s featured cocktail will be a Harvestito. (Think mojito, with a NCOF- raspberry twist.)

Throughout the Harvest Dinner, approximately 200 guests will have the opportunity to bid on Silent Green Auction items including stays at green inns, gift certificates to local restaurants, spa packages, and a number of other environmentally friendly and locally- produced products.

Live acoustic music will entertain guests while they enjoy their meal and bid on auction items.

Harvest Dinner tickets are $75 per person, or $600 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased at NCOF’s website,

Hosted by Natick Community Organic Farm at the Sherborn Inn: 33 North Main Street, Sherborn, MA.

Contact Trish Wesley Umbrell, Farm Admi at (781) 844-6103 or by e-mail for more information.

Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) Roundtable Discussion

Friday, September 25 | 6:30PM - 8:00PM | New Bedford, MA | directions | website

In conjunction with this year’s Working Waterfront Festival, we will be hosting a free roundtable discussion of interest to area fishermen, farmers and public on How to Connect Fishermen and Farmers in Local Markets. Explore opportunities to coordinate a fish share into CSA, and learn about the growing Community Supported Fisheries across New England. The discussion will be facilitated by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) which has been instrumental in organizing Community Supported Fisheries programs in Boston and Cape Ann.

PLEASE RSVP to Working Waterfront Festival

Hosted by Working Waterfront Festival at the Corson Maritime Learning Center, 2nd floor: 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA.

Contact Laura Orleans at (508) 993-8894 for more information.

National Alpaca Farm Days

Saturday, September 26 12:00PM - Sunday, September 27 9:00PM | Haydenville, MA | directions | website

Please join us for a fun day for the whole family. Learn about raising alpacas, and what farm life is like on an alpaca farm. More information to follow.

Hosted by Grass Hill Alpacas at the farm: Adams Rd, Haydenville, MA.

Contact Jim Forster at (413) 268-7123 or by e-mail for more information.

Working Waterfront Festival

Saturday, September 26 2:00PM - Saturday, June 27 8:00PM | New Bedford, MA | directions | website

The Working Waterfront Festival is an annual, educational celebration of the history and culture of New England’s commercial fishing industry. The free event which features live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, vessel and harbor tours, fisherman’s contests, author readings, panel discussions, film screenings & more, takes place on the New Bedford waterfront Sept. 26 and 27, 2009. While continuing to focus on commercial fishing and other port industries, this year’s focus is expanded to “Surf and Turf: Fisherman and Farmers Finding Common Ground.” The open air farmers market is seeking vendors, along with panel discussions and much more!

Hosted by Working Waterfront Festival at the Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier: Pier 3, New Bedford, MA 02740, New Bedford, MA.

Contact Laura Orleans at (508) 993-8894 for more information.

River Bike Tour and Apple Picking

Wednesday, September 30 | 1:00PM - 6:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Join the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council for a bike tour of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway, all the way to Dame Farm in Johnston! See bellow for shorter ride options. All rides are free, will cover on-road and off-road portions of the path, and are fairly easy.

Ride to Dame Farm!
Rides start and end at either Providence Place or Riverside Park.
10:00 AM - 19 miles - 4.5 hours total (starting at Providence Place)
10:30 AM - 14 miles - 3.5 hours total (starting at Riverside Park)
We'll head to Dame Farm, so bring a lunch
and some money for apples or a horse drawn wagon tour of the orchard.

Shortest Rides
4.5 miles - 1 hour total
Rides start and end at Riverside Park
10:30 AM
3:30 PM

Medium Rides
9 miles - 2 hours total
Rides start and end at Providence Place
10:00 AM
3:00 PM

Hosted by Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council at the Woonasquatucket River Greenway: 56 Aleppo St, Providence, RI.

Contact Amanda Blevins at (401) 861-9046 or by e-mail for more information.