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Events: October 2010

OcTOBEYfest Harvesting Hope

Friday, October 1 9:00PM - Saturday, October 2 1:00AM | Wareham, MA | directions | website

OcTOBEYfest Harvesting Hope is a Tobey Hospital community event to benefit the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care.

Friday, October 1
Under a tent on the grounds of A.D. Makepeace.

Tihonet Village
146 Tihonet Road
Wareham, Mass.

Cocktails: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m.

Featuring an inspirational performance by Change the World.
Dancing to follow with music by The Neal McCarthy Blues Band.
Charitable auction. Cocktail attire.

RSVP by Wednesday, September 15 to 508-273-4362.

The Change the World dance group, directed by Rennie Gold from the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts, is a nationally renown professional dance group that recognizes dance is as much about art, inspiration and the communication of life lessons as it is the technique. Change the World will help us celebrate in a creative, dynamic and engaging way what the Center for Cancer Care will bring to our community.

Hosted by Tobey Hospital at the Tihonet Village: 146 Tihonet Road, Wareham, MA.

Contact Clare Healy at (508) 273-4362 or by e-mail for more information.

Scary Acres Opening Weekend

Friday, October 1 10:00PM - Monday, October 4 1:00AM | Hope (Western Cranston), RI | directions | website

Be the first to experience Scary Acres, opening this weekend, Friday through Sunday, from DUSK until 10pm!

Scary Acres is more terrifying than ever before! From the haunted hayride to the bloodcurdling corn maze, it's terror at every turn!

Get tickets at www.scaryacresri.com, or at the cashier's stand on the night of the event.

Here’s the 2010 Scary Acres schedule:

October 1-24
Open Friday – Sunday, Dusk until 10PM

October 28-30
Open Thursday – Saturday, Dusk until 10PM

Halloween Night (October 31)
Open Dusk until Midnight

Make sure to check out the safety information on http://scaryacresri.com/safety-information/, and get ready for a TERROR-ific night!

Hosted by Confreda at the Confreda Greenhouses and Farms: 2150 Scituate Ave, Hope (Western Cranston), RI.

Contact Staff member at (401) 827-5000 for more information.

Gardening with Youth

Saturday, October 2 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

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Hosted by Urban Agriculture Task Force at the Martin Luther King School,: 35 Camp St., Providence, RI.

Contact Urban Agriculture Task Force at (401) 273-9419 x27 for more information.

Boston Local Food Festival

Saturday, October 2 | 2:00PM - 8:00PM | Boston, MA | directions | website

SBN presents the first Boston Local Food Festival, October 2, 2010 in Boston. This culinary extravaganza promotes the joy of eating local food.

The Boston Local Food Festival will overlook the historic Boston Harbor, and is an outdoor autumn celebration of the many virtues of locally grown and produced food. The Festival will showcase the wide diversity of our local and New England food system, by spotlighting local farmers, food businesses, local food and health organizations. The intention is to inspire the growing and eating of Massachusetts grown food, with a special emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

The most important objective of the Boston Local Food Festival is to increase accessibility and availability of healthy local food for all. Massachusetts eaters of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels will see, taste, and appreciate the variety of healthy, delicious food choices that local specialty crops and products make available to them in their own back yard. This unique festival will bring Massachusetts farms together with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, organizations, businesses, and local food advocates in an informative and fun way.

Getting to the Boston Local Food Festival is easy and it’s just a short walk from downtown Boston. The festival is located in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston, and is conveniently located near South Station, Boston Children’s Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Daily Catch, and the John Joseph Moakley Court House.

Instead of driving, we encourage festival-goers to use alternative methods to attend the event, by taking public transportation, walking, biking, or by taking a water taxi to the event. The festival is accessible by the MBTA: Silver Line, Court House Station or South Station on the Red Line. Other options include City Water Taxi, or a special hop-off stop from area tour shuttles at the corner of Northern Avenue and Sleeper Street. The Boston Harbor Tours and the Rose Kennedy Greenway also offers nearby walks.

If you would like to map out your trip to the festival, the nearest address to our location is 308 Congress Street, the site of Boston Children’s Museum.

Hosted by Sustainable Business Network at the Fort Point Channel, Boston Waterfront: 390 Congress St., Boston, MA.

Contact Nicola Williams at (617) 395-7680 or by e-mail for more information.

Fall Fun Fest!

Saturday, October 2 2:00PM - Sunday, October 31 9:00PM | Hope (Western Cranston), RI | directions

FREE hayrides to our pumpkin patch, where you can pick your own pumpkin! Kids can play in the corn maze, haystacks, and go on our carnival rides. And don't forget our outdoor food court with popcorn, doughboys, candy apples, and more! Come on over for family fun on the farm any weekend this month!

Fall Fun Fest is open 11am to 6pm weekends in October!

Hosted by Confreda at the Confreda Greenhouses and Farms: 2150 Scituate Ave, Hope (Western Cranston), RI.

Contact Staff member at (401) 823-1150 for more information.

Carlo Petrini @ Harvard

Wednesday, October 6 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM | Cambridge, MA | directions | website

Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini comes to Harvard. Join us for a presentation and book signing with the founder of the international Slow Food movement, Carlo Petrini, as he promotes his new book, Terra Madre. Carlo has dedicated his life to supporting food that is good, clean, and fair and this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear him speak! Please enter your name, email address, and phone number below to reserve a seat at Carlo Petrini's presentation. The number of attendees will be capped at 500.

This event is free and open to the public. Seats will be reserved on a first come, first served basis and all seats must be reserved in advance.
Books by Carlo Petrini will be for sale before and after the event and available for signing after the event.
Learn more about Carlo Petrini and Terra Madre

RSVP information will be posted soon.

Hosted by Harvard University Dining Services at the Harvard University - Science Center B: 65-67 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA.

Contact Crista Martin at (617) 496-6705 or by e-mail for more information.

Historic Foodways Workshop

Saturday, October 9 | 7:00PM - 11:00PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

An Evening with Amelia Simmons, an American Locavore. Minimal Food Miles! In fact, we've reduced them to 50 paces. Participants in this workshop will spend an evening at Coggeshall Farm Museum exploring what it meant to "eat local" in 1790's Rhode Island. Working from Amelia Simmons' American Cookery, the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests will join the museum's costumed staff in the garden selecting heirloom produce for the evening's meal. Returning to the museum's 18th century farmhouse, participants will prepare several of Amelia's receipts at the hearth before sitting down to enjoy dinner by candlelight. This workshop is limited to eight participants and is intended for ages 16 and up. Reservations are required, please register no later than two weeks prior to the workshop. 4:00pm-8:00pm. $60.00 per person, $50 for museum members. Register by phone, 401.253.9062, or email, info@coggeshallfarm.org.

Hosted by Coggeshall Farm Museum at the Coggeshall Farm Museum: Coggeshall Farm Road, Bristol, RI.

Contact Justin Squizzero at (401) 253-9062 or by e-mail for more information.

Harvest Time

Monday, October 11 6:00PM - Thursday, October 14 1:00PM | Rutland, MA | directions | website

Worshop Fee: $325 (all inclusive) Come settle into the rhythm of the farm and celebrate the gifts of the Earth. Heifer International’s Harvest Time workshop offers 2 days and 3 nights of tending your mind, body and soul.

o Work in the fields alongside our knowledgeable garden crew
o Gather fresh vegetables for the table, farm stand or for preservation
o Enjoy home-cooked meals using our hand-picked vegetables and farm-raised animals
o Can and preserve produce you’ve harvested
o Try your hand at making cheese
o Feed and tend our animals alongside our livestock crew
o Learn about composting and raising chickens in your backyard
o Learn more about Heifer International’s mission and development work around the world

We hope that this is a chance for growth, renewal and meeting new friends.

Hosted by Heifer International at the Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm: 216 Wachusett Street, Rutland, MA.

Contact Joan Richards at (508) 886-2221 or by e-mail for more information.

Harvest Time - Session II

Thursday, October 14 6:00PM - Sunday, October 17 1:00PM | Rutland, MA | directions | website

Workshop Fee: $325 (all inclusive) Come settle into the rhythm of the farm and celebrate the gifts of the Earth. Heifer International's Harvest Time workshop offers 2 days and 3 nights of tending yoru mind, body and soul.

o Work in the fields alongside our knowledgeable garden crew
o Gather fresh vegetables for the table, farm stand or for preservation
o Enjoy home-cooked meals using our hand-picked vegetables and farm-raised animals
o Can and preserve produce you’ve harvested
o Try your hand at making cheese
o Feed and tend our animals alongside our livestock crew
o Learn about composting and raising chickens in your backyard
o Learn more about Heifer International’s mission and development work around the world

We hope that this is a chance for growth, renewal and meeting new friends.

Hosted by Heifer International at the Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm: 216 Wachusett Street, Rutland, MA.

Contact Joan Richards at (508) 886-2221 or by e-mail for more information.

Nutrient Dense Crop Production Courses (Sept 2010 - July 2011)

Saturday, October 16 12:30PM - Saturday, June 18 7:30PM | North Dartmouth, MA | directions

Taught by Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Real Food Campaign

In 2010, the Real Food Campaign has been running courses at six different sites throughout the Northeast on nutrient dense crop production. From September 2010 to July 2011, Real Food Campaign is running courses in eight different Northeast locations. The courses running throughout next year will be stronger and filled with new information. Sign up for a course near you to learn the principles and practices of working with the biology, mineralogy, and energy of your soil to produce higher yielding and more nutritious crops for healthier lives.

There will be five sessions in each course, and each session runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm. NOFA/Mass is partnering with Real Food Campaign to put on the three courses taking place in Massachusetts, including on in Dartmouth, MA:

- DARTMOUTH (Saturdays): October 16, January 8, February 19, April 16, and June 18. Morning sessions held at Friends Academy on 1088 Tucker Road in North Dartmouth, MA. Afternoon sessions held at Brix Bounty Farm, one mile south on 858 Tucker Road in Dartmouth, MA.

Courses will also be offered at Simple Gifts Farm Amherst, MA; Jones Farm Chelmsford, MA; Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT; The Mountain School in Vershire, VT; Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY; Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, NY; and The Growing Green Co-op in Hartford, CT. See link below for details.

The price for registration course is $300 and it includes twice monthly newsletters and comprehensive soil test analysis & consultation with Dan. To register for any of the eight courses, contact Douglas Williams at (603) 924-7008 or doug@realfoodcampaign.org, or register online at
http://realfoodcampaign.org/workshop-series-2010-2011. For questions about details of the courses in Massachusetts, contact Ben Grosscup at (413) 549-1568 or ben.grosscup@nofamass.org.

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association and Real Food Campaign at the Friends Academy and Brix Bounty Farm: 1088 Tucker Road, North Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Ben Grosscup at (413) 658-5374 or by e-mail for more information.

Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay Conference

Thursday, October 21 9:00PM - Sunday, October 24 7:00PM | New Bedford, MA | directions

The 6th Annual Connecting for Change Conference is a four-day Solutions Based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities. An unforgettable weekend filled with: live keynote speakers – including Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, Van Jones and Annie Leonard, afternoon workshops, FAMILY programming, a downlink from Bioneers San Rafael [bioneers.org], Youth Initiative program, exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, farmers’ market, films and live music, an open mic night; seasonal, local and organic food; art installations and more.

Pricing: Visit www.connectingforchange.org

Hosted by Marion Institute at the Zeiterion Theatre: 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA.

Contact The Marion Institute by e-mail for more information.

Arts + Eats #2

Thursday, October 21 9:00PM - Friday, October 22 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions

Join us for local food, drink, and art. Catered by Gracie's, $20 ticket includes light fare, beer and wine.100% of ticket proceeds and 25% of art sales benefit the Farm Fresh RI warehouse build-out to get more fresh foods into local schools and hospitals.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI at the The Steelyard: 1 Sims Ave, Providence, RI.

Contact Christie Moulton at (401) 312-4250 or by e-mail for more information.

Historic Foodways Workshop

Saturday, October 23 | 7:00PM - 11:00PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

An Evening with Amelia Simmons, an American Locavore. Minimal Food Miles! In fact, we've reduced them to 50 paces. Participants in this workshop will spend an evening at Coggeshall Farm Museum exploring what it meant to "eat local" in 1790's Rhode Island. Working from Amelia Simmons' American Cookery, the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests will join the museum's costumed staff in the garden selecting heirloom produce for the evening's meal. Returning to the museum's 18th century farmhouse, participants will prepare several of Amelia's receipts at the hearth before sitting down to enjoy dinner by candlelight. This workshop is limited to eight participants and is intended for ages 16 and up. Reservations are required, please register no later than two weeks prior to the workshop. 4:00pm-8:00pm. $60.00 per person, $50 for museum members. Register by phone, 401.253.9062, or email, info@coggeshallfarm.org.

Hosted by Coggeshall Farm Museum at the Coggeshall Farm Museum: Coggeshall Farm Road, Bristol, RI.

Contact Justin Squizzero at (401) 253-9062 or by e-mail for more information.

South Shore Locavores: Egg-cellent Chickens and Eggs!

Monday, October 25 | 10:00PM - 11:30PM | Kingston, MA | directions

Where does your food come from? How does it get to you? How healthy is it? How can you support local farmers and food producers through your food purchases?

The Kingston Public Library and edible SouthShore magazine have teamed up to present an ongoing series of programs about the phenomenon of “eating locally.” The group, South Shore Locavores, gathers on the fourth Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (6:45 for munching and mingling). The programs have become so popular that they have outgrown the meeting room at the Kingston Public Library and are now held at Sampson Hall, popularly known as the Beal House, at 222 Main Street, Kingston. The space is large enough to accommodate a lot of people. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Attendance is free, but donations of $5 to cover expenses and supplement the Library’s book budget will be gratefully accepted.

Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share to any of the gatherings. There will be time at the beginning and end of each meeting for munching and mingling.

The planned topics (subject to change) for fall, winter, and spring are:

Fall:
October 25: Egg-cellent Chickens and Eggs!: Understand the important differences between eggs and chickens raised locally and the products of industrial chicken farming. And hear about the joys and challenges of raising chickens in your own backyard.

November 22: Cranberries and Bogs. Discover what is actually involved in maintaining those beautiful bogs you drive by every day, and learn how can you make the most of the harvest and support your local cranberry growers.

Winter:
January 24: Slow Money, Slow Love, Slow Food
February 28: Meet your farmers, CSAs, and market managers
March 28: Dirty meeting: Start a veggie garden now! Learn about soil health, and how and why composting is so good for your garden.

Spring:
April 25: Raw Food
May 23: Drink Local (Local Wine and Beer)
June 27: Cheese making

Register online at www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org (through the Calendar link on the left side of the homepage), by email to kilib@kingstonpubliclibrary.org, in person at the Library, or by calling 781 585-0517 x112.

Hosted by South Shore Locavores at the The Beal House: 222 Main Street, Kingston, MA.

Contact Sia Stewart at (781) 585-0517 x112 or by e-mail for more information.

End of the Season Celebration

Wednesday, October 27 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM | West Brookfield, MA | directions

Live Music, pumpkin carving, and market basket raffle...come celebrate the end of our first market season on Oct. 27 from 3-6. On the Town Common. Lots of great locally made and grown products available.

Hosted by West Brookfield Farmers Market Committee at the West Brookfield Farmers Market: Town Common, Rt. 9 and Rt. 67, West Brookfield, MA.

Contact Amy Dugas at (508) 867-5428 for more information.