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Events: April 2010

Pass on the Gift Open House

Saturday, April 3 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM | Rutland, MA | directions | website

As part of Pass on the Gift Month, visit Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm for complimentary tours of the farm and our unique Global Village. Pop your head in the Peru house, walk up the stairs to the bamboo Thai stilt house or just peer over the fence at the baby animals kicking up their heels (and hooves and little chick feet). Take a break and stop in to the Visitor Center to see the award-winning short film - 12 Stones. Browse our Shop@Heifer for fairly-traded gifts for Mother's Day. Discover how Heifer International plays a role in ending hunger and poverty at home and abroad and how your family can help too.

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

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

Southern New England Agritourism Business Conference

Tuesday, April 6 | 11:30AM - 7:00PM | Fall River, MA | directions | website

New England FarmWays invites you join us at the University of Massachusetts, Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River, MA for a special day designed to help you grow more profitable farm destinations. Along with our partners, the MA and RI Small Business Development Centers, VisitNewEngland.com and Edible Communities, we’ll show you how to showcase your farm to visitors from near and far.

Hosted by RICAPE - New England FarmWays at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center: 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA.

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

Keeping Local Food Safe, and Safe Food Local

Friday, April 9 10:00PM - Saturday, April 10 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A discussion of pending U.S. food safety legislation and how it will affect small farms in RI. Can a law that protects us from the health risks of agri-business also be fair and practical for small and organic farms? Come and hear about how the bill would affect the food supply and the small farmer, and what is being done to make it more appropriate for farms in our state.

Admission is free for Northeast Organic Farming Association members and students. $5 for nonmembers. Coffee and information about local organic farms will be available at 6:30.

Directions and parking: Brown University Laboratories for Molecular Medicine is located at 70 Ship Street, in the Jewelry District of Providence. Free Parking is available in the lot across the street. The lot will be locked at 10:30 PM. Directions derived from the internet may be incorrect due to the relocation of Route 195.

Route 95 North to Exit 20, Point Street, or Route 195 West to exit 1A, Point Street. Go right at the light at the end of the exit onto Point Street. Take 3rd left on Chestnut Street. Take 4th right on Bassett Street. Take next right on Ship Street. The building is on your right, on the corner of Bassett & Ship.

Route 95 South to Exit 21, Atwells Avenue. Go straight off the exit onto Service Road No. 7. At the sixth light, turn left on Point Street. Turn left on Chestnut Street. Take 4th right on Bassett Street. Take next right on Ship Street. The building is on your right, on the corner of Bassett & Ship.

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association at the Brown University Laboratories for Molecular Medicine: 70 Ship Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Dan Lawton at (401) 523-2653 or by e-mail for more information.

Massachusetts Organic Gardening Workshop Day

Saturday, April 10 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Join us at Brix Bounty Farm (1 of 10 locations throughout Mass.) at the NOFA/Mass Organic Spring Gardening Workshop Day.
We'll Cover the tools and techniques to ensure your 2010 garden is a bounty, including new bed preparation, spring garden renovation, compost, row cover, succession planting and more.
Registration: $30 per person, $5 discount for NOFA Members, and $5 discount if registered by March 27, 2010.
Visit www,nofamass.org to register.

Hosted by Brix Bounty Farm at the Brix Bounty Farm: 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA.

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

Alpaca Birthing Clinic with Dr. Cheryl DeWitt

Saturday, April 10 | 12:30PM - 9:00PM | Vineyard Haven, MA | directions | website

Birthing Clinic with Dr. Cheryl DeWitt. Just in time for birthing season!
Island Alpaca is proud to host a Neonatal Clinic with Dr. Cheryl DeWitt, DVM from Ohio. This clinic is a must-have for all future breeders, experienced breeders and veterinarians. Other livestock breeders will certainly benefit from this seminar.

Enjoy a morning lecture with presentations, on female reproduction/breeding; reproductive anatomy/physiology, breeding/pregnancy diagnosis options, gestational development and much more! Afternoon wet-lab using uterine simulators, will challenge registrants to diagnose the contents of the uterus, discuss a proposed delivery plan, identify/correct dystocias to deliver the cria safely. Invaluable emergency training, and a lot of fun!

Course-book, breakfast and lunch provided. Class size very limited to optimize learning. 9:30 am-6 pm. $250, and $225 for additional participants from the same farm.

For information and registration form visit our links above, or www.islandalpaca.com. Cannot make this date? Clinic may be repeated 04/11/2010. Please inquire.

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

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

No Impact Man

Saturday, April 10 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Feast your eyes on a collection of films on the food supply and the visionaries who are making the world better, one bite at a time. Free and open to the public.

The films will be shown on the 3rd floor atrium.

Hosted by Providence Public Library and Whole Foods at the Providence Public Library: 150 Empire St, Providence, RI.

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

What's On Your Plate

Saturday, April 10 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Feast your eyes on a collection of films about the world food supply and the visionaries who are working to make it a better place, one bite at a time.

Films are free to the public and will be shown in the 3rd floor atrium.

Hosted by Providence Public Library and Whole Foods at the Providence Public Library: 150 Empire St, Providence, RI.

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

RI Agricultural Partnership Listening Session

Wednesday, April 14 | 9:00PM - 11:00PM | Exeter, RI | directions

The Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership and American Farmland Trust would like to invite all farmers to help envision the future of farming in Rhode Island.

You are invited to voice your thoughts on what you think should be part of the "Five Year Strategic Plan" for Agriculture. This is a very important document that guides State and Municipal policies that affect all farms.

Hosted by RI Agricultural Partnership at the Schartner's Farm: Bald Hill Facility, Rt 102, Exeter, RI.

Contact Tom Sandham at (401) 294-1334 or by e-mail for more information.

Plymouth Local Foods Spring Market

Thursday, April 15 | 6:00PM - 10:00PM | Plymouth, MA | directions | website

A Winter to Spring Market featuring local foods brought by South Coast region farmers, foodmakers, and artisans. Gathering at Plimoth Plantation. Thursday April 15 3pm till 6:30,

Fresh eggs, herbs and lettuce greens, grassfed meats, farmstead cheeses, hearth breads, a rainbow of preserves, pies, take home foods and more surprises await the hungry visitor.

You may also reserve foods for later day pick up by shopping online, www.plymouthfarmersmarket.org, starting April 8th.

The Plimoth Cinema Food Film series will continue with "Buyer be Fair" to show at 4, 5:30 and 7pm, The Plantation will be open and seasonal music will be performed by the Harper and the Minstrel. Jackson Gillman, local storyteller, will tell "Riot in the Garden" at 4:30, for young and old alike..


Admission is FREE. A suggested donation toward seeing the film will be shared with the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. Thank you for appreiciating local foods!

Hosted by Plymouth Farmers' Market at the Plimoth Plantation: 137 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA.

Contact Barbara Anglin at info@plymouthfarmersmarket.org or (508) 732-9962 for more information.

Hosted by Plymouth Farmers Market at the Plimoth Plantation: 137 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA.

Contact Barbara Anglin at (508) 732-9962 for more information.

RI Agricultural Partnership Listening Session

Thursday, April 15 | 9:00PM - 11:00PM | Portsmouth, RI | directions | website

The Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership and American Farmland Trust would like to invite all farmers to help envision the future of farming in Rhode Island.

You are invited to voice your thoughts on what you think should be part of the "Five Year Strategic Plan" for Agriculture. This is a very important document that guides State and Municipal policies that affect all farms.

Hosted by RI Agricultural Partnership at the St, John Masonic Lodge: 81 Sprague St, Portsmouth, RI.

Contact Tom Sandham at (401) 294-1334 or by e-mail for more information.

Save The Bay's 3rd Annual Green Landscaping Workshop and Market

Saturday, April 17 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Get Your Yard Ready for Spring!
Join us for a morning of great tips and excellent buys on everything
you need to get your gardening season off to a green start.You’ll hear
from local experts on a range of topics from Combating Invasive Plants
to Managing Pests Organically to Composting with Worms.

APRIL 17, 2010 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
@ the Save The Bay Center, Providence

FREE and open to the public

At this event you can:
• Enjoy light REFRESHMENTS and a project table for the kids.
• Purchase RAIN BARRELS (cash or check only), environmentally
friendly yard care products and NATIVE PLANTS.
• Test your SOIL SAMPLES with URI Master Gardeners.
• Buy local produce, honey, cheese, yarn, seedlings, and native plants from a FARMER’S MARKET.

Hosted by Save The Bay at the The Bay Center at Save The Bay: 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI.

Contact Maria Martinez at (401) 272-3540 x142 or by e-mail for more information.

Truck Farm

Monday, April 19 11:00PM - Tuesday, April 20 12:30AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Providence RI, [Brown University]: Filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney of King Corn and The Greening of Southie will share their latest Wicked Delicate film and food project, TRUCK FARM, Monday, April 19, 2010, at 8 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, DeCiccio Family Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

In celebration of Earth Week, Ellis and Cheney are hitting the road with their public art project Truck Farm–a rolling garden they've installed in the back of a vintage pickup. In a 1200 mile tour, they are exhibiting the truck at schools along the eastern seaboard and screening clips from the truck farm documentary the are making about urban agriculture. While at Brown, Ellis and Cheney will speak about the importance of sustainable and local agriculture and share segments of their work-in-progress truck farm film.

The event is being held in conjunction with Food on the Move: America's Traveling Tastes, a collaborative exhibit between students in Brown University’s M.A. program in public humanities and the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum. The exhibit opens to the public on April 16.

This event is made possible by the generous contributions of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown’s Department of Environment Studies, emPOWER, Brown Dining Services, Sustainable Food Initiative, Whole Foods Market, and EcoRI.

The exhibition, Food on the Move: America's Traveling Tastes, will be at Johnson & Wales University’s Culinary Arts Museum from April 16, 2010 – April 15, 2011. The Culinary Arts Museum is located on the university’s Harborside Campus, 315 Harborside Boulevard. Exhibit hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is closed on closed Mondays and major holidays.

Hosted by Brown University at the Salomon Center at Brown University: 91 Waterman Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Erin Boyle at (404) 662-9989 or by e-mail for more information.

Fresh: The Movie

Thursday, April 22 | 9:30PM - 11:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Feast your eyes on a collection of films about our food supply, and the visionaries who are working to make it better, one bite at a time.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by Providence Public Library and Whole Foods at the Providence Public Library: 150 Empire St, Providence, RI.

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

Opening Day/Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 24 | 11:00AM - 8:00PM | Phillipston, MA | directions

opens at 8 Workshops start at 9:
9 - Land Conservation - Norm Eggert North Quabbin Landscape Partnership
10 - Going Solar find out about MA and Fed rebates - Gerry Palano MASSDAR Efficient Energy Program
10:30- Easy Composting - Ann McGovern - MASSDEP
11:15 - How to Be a "GREEN" Business Owner - Emily Kanter - Sustainable Leadership

Contest for the biggest bag of "road rubbish" - demonstration for making seed pots from newspaper.
Buy your seedlings, seeds, composting bins and more
Music with Jericho Road at noon

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.

Sugar Hollow Farm Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 24 | 11:00AM - 7:30PM | Phillipston, MA | directions | website

SUGAR HOLLOW FARM
SECOND ANNUAL OPENING DAY/EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

April 24th 8-5

8 am Contest for the Biggest Bag of “Road Rubbish” (clean a road safely) and bring the bags in, whoever has the biggest bag wins a pot of prizes from the store.

* Workshops
9:00 Land Conservation, Norm Eggert N.Q. Landscape Partnership
10:00 Alternative Energy, Gerry Palano MADAR’s Efficient Energy Program
10:30 Easy Composting, Ann McGovern, MA DEP
11:15 Being a “Green” Business Owner, Emily Kanter, Sustainable Leadership

Demonstration of making seed pots from newspaper

Purchase your seedlings, seeds, bat houses, compost bins, bio-degradable weed paper and more.

12 – 2 Music with Jericho Road, a Bluegrass and Gospel Band

For more information contact Lauren Roy, 978-652-5186 or lroy152@comcast.net

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.

Island Alpaca Farm 3rd Annual Shearing Day

Saturday, April 24 | 12:00PM - 8:00PM | Vineyard Haven, MA | directions | website

It is Official... The date is confirmed! Mark your calendars for this terrific event! This event will feature some of the areas finest alpacas. More than 50 alpacas are scheduled to be on hand for shearing and public viewing. Click here: Alpaca Farm Shearing Day, to see some photos from last years event! You can also see our first and second annual cria-shearing event on our website.

Bring the family for an hour or two of fun, and education. At this Open House event you will meet the alpaca and enjoy a time spent with island friends. For those interested in the alpaca lifestyle, this event will enable you to understand better the alpaca investment, and ask questions about how to best get started, setting up your farm facilities, alpaca nutrition and herd management, financing, and most of all what to do with all that fabulous fleece! Learn all about the fleece to fiber transition! There will be ongoing spinning/fiber demonstrations too as well as an ongoing video presentation. Observe the expert shearers as they work their clippers through the alpacas fabulous fleece, without any harm to the animal. You may also purchase the yarn from specific Island Alpaca Farm animals, as our farm store will be open all day! Refreshments available. Admission: $5/person. We hope you can join us!

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

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

Farmer Meet & Greet

Saturday, April 24 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Harwich, MA | directions

Come and set up a free booth to show off what your farm produces during the busy growing season.  This is a great opportunity to show what you are selling at your farm stand and farmer markets.  Refreshments will be provided by Cape & Islands Farm Bureau.

Contact Leo Cakounes to RSVP at 508.364.1512 or via email at cranberrypig@comcast.net
THIS IS A IMPORTANT OUTREACH AND NET WORKING OPPORTUNITY, WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION, LEO

Hosted by Sponsored by Cape & Islands Farm Bureau and Harwich Conservation Trus at the Harwich Community Center: 100 Oak Street, Harwich, MA.

Contact Leo Cakounes at (508) 364-1512 for more information.

Dunvegan Farm 4th Semi-Annual Farm Day

Sunday, April 25 | 1:00PM - 7:00PM | Wrentham, MA | directions | website

The time has come for Bryant University SIFE to hold its Spring Farm Day!

Bring the Family! Volunteer on lots of projects! Free delicious fresh food! Fun, Games, and Pony Rides for the kids!

Help Dunvegan farm move ahead to become an official non-profit to rescue animals, teach horsemanship to the economically challenged, encourage back-yard sunstainable farming, and support a healthy, environmentally sustainable life-style through proper diet and healthy, out-door exercise.

Hosted by Bryant University SIFE at the Dunvegan Farm: 2663 West Street, Wrentham, MA.

Contact Nicole Allen at (603) 662-7884 or by e-mail for more information.

A Celebration of Local Food

Tuesday, April 27 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM | Charlestown, RI | directions

Come join us for the second annual Celebration of Local Food at Kettle Pond Visitors Center. Our small state is represented by a variety of growers, CSAs, dairies, farmers markets, local bakeries, aquaculturists, cheesemakers, herbalists, and business enterpreneurs. This is a night to revel in it, and extol the people that make it happen.

This year will feature old-time music by Saddle Up the Chicken, food tasting featuring Narragansett Creamery cheeses, bread from The Village Hearth, samples from Mazie's Organics and Little Farm Catering, Matunuck Oysters, and more. Plus a panel discussion and lots of chances to share ideas and passion!

Hosted by Post Carbon RI at the Kettle Pond Visitors Center: 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI.

Contact David Floyd at (401) 789-3680 or by e-mail for more information.

Building a Sustainable SouthCoast

Tuesday, April 27 | 11:30AM - 7:30PM | Fall River, MA | directions | website

Building a Sustainable SouthCoast-A Regional Conference on Sustainability

Addressing the Sustainability Issues Facing Southeastern Massachusetts
Learn what your community can do today
Discuss the steps necessary to initiate change
Network with other community leaders to achieve positive change now

A Two Part, One Day Event - Come for one session or come for both!

Hosted by Council on Sustainability at the Bristol Community College, (Building H): 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA.

Contact Jen Gonet at (508) 910-6484 or by e-mail for more information.

Fresh: the Movie

Tuesday, April 27 9:00PM - Wednesday, April 28 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Come watch Fresh at Award-Winning Local 121, Tuesday April 27th, 2010! We are hosting this film with EcoRI, Rhode Island's source for environmental news. The dinner and buffet of delicious local food is 12 dollars. Doors open at 6 and the film is at 7. Hope to see you there!

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

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

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

RI Agricultural Partnership Listening Session

Wednesday, April 28 | 9:00PM - 11:00PM | Slatersville, RI | directions | website

The Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership and American Farmland Trust would like to invite all farmers to help envision the future of farming in Rhode Island.

You are invited to voice your thoughts on what you think should be part of the "Five Year Strategic Plan" for Agriculture. This is a very important document that guides State and Municipal policies that affect all farms.

Hosted by RI Agricultural Partnership at the North Smithfield Heritage Assocation: 101 Greene St, Slatersville, RI.

Contact Tom Sandham at (401) 294-1334 or by e-mail for more information.

A Celebration of Local Food

Friday, April 30 10:00PM - Saturday, May 1 12:00AM | Charlestown, RI | directions

Come join us for the second annual Celebration of Local Food at Kettle Pond Visitors Center. Our small state is represented by a variety of growers, CSAs, dairies, farmers markets, local bakeries, aquaculturists, cheesemakers, herbalists, and business enterpreneurs. This is a night to revel in it, and extol the people that make it happen.

This year will feature old-time music by Saddle Up the Chicken, food tasting featuring Narragansett Creamery cheeses, bread from The Village Hearth, samples from Mazie's Organics and Little Farm Catering, Matunuck Oysters, and more. Plus a panel discussion and lots of chances to share ideas and passion!

Hosted by Post Carbon RI at the Kettle Pond Visitors Center: 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI.

Contact David Floyd at (401) 789-3680 or by e-mail for more information.