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Events: May 2010

Organic Gardening Workshop

Saturday, May 1 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions | website

This spring, just as it comes time to plant the garden, Frank Albani, Soule Homestead’s Director and Market Grower, presents our annual hands-on Organic Gardening Workshop on April 17, from 9am-12pm. Growing our own food is an excellent way to save money, lessen our carbon footprint, improve our health, and connect with neighbors and nature. Isn't now a good time to learn skills that will help you plant a garden and make it productive throughout the year? This workshop is led by an experienced gardener, and is intended to meet the tremendous resurgence of energy and action for backyard and community gardening. In addition to explaining and demonstrating some key steps that can empower you to start your own garden, this workshop provides a great opportunity for you to ask questions. Whether you are a complete newcomer to gardening or you just feel that you could use some brushing up on growing skills and concepts, this workshop is for you. More Info: www.soulehomestead.org or call the office: 508-947-6744.

Hosted by Soule Homestead Education Center at the Golden Rule Farm: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA.

Contact Frank Albani at (508) 947-6744 or by e-mail for more information.

Organic Fruit Growing

Saturday, May 1 | 12:00PM - 6:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions

Welcome to a hands-on day with Michael Phillips (Lost Nation Orchard, Groveton, NH) and Brian Caldwell (Organic Cropping Systems Project, Cornell University). These two experienced organic fruit growers will discuss the key role understory management and soil health plays for fruit trees, will look at varietal and rootstock choices for apple trees, and will identify insect and disease dynamics from a holistic perspective aimed at achieving maximum diversity. Orchards can be a very profitable element of a diversified farm operation, and Brian and Michael will delve into the financial reality by looking at a range of options for successfully marketing an organic fruit crop. The day will end with a rambunctious wassail, sure to kindle those hopes of offering the "good fruit" to one's own community. It is guaranteed to be an informative day for both the commercial and serious backyard orchardist!

Saturday, May 1st
9 am—3 pm
University of Rhode Island Trial Orchard
East Farm, Building 75
$10 at the door; no pre-registration needed
A soup lunch will be provided, or you can bring your own if you wish.

Brought to you by: Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI, the University of Rhode Island, the RI Department of Environmental Management, and the Southside Community Land Trust

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the URI East Farm Bldg. 75: Route 108, Kingston, RI.

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

Annual Sheep Day / Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, May 1 | 1:00PM - 6:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions

The annual Sheep Day / Earth Day Celebration, will be held this year on Saturday, May 1, from 10am until 3pm. Visitors can celebrate the return of spring and watch while the Homestead’s flock of sheep get their warm-weather haircuts. Shearer Andy Rice will be hard at work all day shearing, explaining his work and answering questions. Local crafters will be demonstrating their traditional crafts and exhibiting their work.
Richard Seaman of sheepdog Junction will be leading a sheep-herding demonstration. Botanist, (Mike) Schroeder will take groups on a nature hike around the grounds. The day will include children’s activities, working with wool, gardening and games, plants and crafts for sale, and refreshments. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and children under 3 free. Free admission to all members / become a member and admission is free! Call the Homestead at 508-947-6744 for more information.

Hosted by Soule Homestead Education Center at the Soule Homestead Education Center: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA.

Contact Frank Albani at (508) 947-6744 or by e-mail for more information.

Planning and Planting: BEGINNING GROWER SERIES 1

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

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Hosted by Urban Agriculture Task Force at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center: 227 Dudley St, Providence, RI.

Contact - at (401) 273-9419 x27 for more information.

Annual Sheep Day / Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, May 1 1:00PM - Monday, May 10 6:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions | website

MAIN EVENT FOR SPRING IS PLANNED
Planning is well underway for the Soule Homestead Education Center’s main event for spring: The annual Sheep Day / Earth Day Celebration, to be held this year on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10am until 3pm. Visitors can celebrate the return of spring and watch while the Homestead’s flock of sheep get their warm-weather haircuts. Shearer Andy Rice will be hard at work all day shearing, explaining his work and answering questions. Local crafters will be demonstrating their traditional crafts and exhibiting their work.
Richard Seaman of sheepdog Junction will be leading a sheep-herding demonstration. Botanist, Martha (Mike)Schroeder will take groups on a nature hike around the grounds. The day will include children’s activities, working with wool, gardening and games, plants and crafts for sale, and refreshments. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and children under 3 free. Free admission to all members / become a member and admission is free! Call the Homestead at 508-947-6744 for more information.

Hosted by Soule Homestead Education Center at the Soule Homestead Education Center: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA.

Contact Frank Albani at (508) 947-6744 or by e-mail for more information.

Fruit Trees: Growing and Maintaining

Saturday, May 8 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

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Hosted by Urban Agriculture Task Force at the City Farm: 109 Somerset Street, Providence, RI.

Contact - at (401) 273-9419 x27 for more information.

Saving Water in the Garden

Saturday, May 8 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

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Hosted by Urban Agriculture Task Force at the Urban Environmental Lab: 135 Angell Street, Providence, RI.

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

Thyme for Spring

Saturday, May 8 | 2:00PM - 5:30PM | East Sandwich, MA | directions | website

Agway guest speaker Jodie Gilson, owner of J.Gilson Greenhouses will be giving guests the opportunity to learn about herbs in general, learn about growing them, touch, smell and see various herbs up close in personal. 11:00am-12:30pm

Gallery Gourmet’s resident grill-master Kevin Sharpe, will be conducting a cooking demo that will demonstrate how to prepare herbs for cooking, proper cooking techniques, how herbs can enhance meals, including salads and desserts.

Another highlight will be how herbs are used in body care products like Deep Steep. Gallery Gourmet will discuss the benefits of using herbs in lotions, shower and bath gel products instead of the chemical preservatives currently in over-the-counter products. 1:00pm-2:30pm

Hosted by Gallery Gourmet and J.Gilson Greenhouses at the Sandwich Agway: 349 Route 6A, East Sandwich, MA.

Contact Donna at (508) 888-0044 or by e-mail for more information.

RI Agricultural Day - RI Division of Agriculture

Thursday, May 13 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM | Providence, RI | directions

Come and educate your elected representatives on the benefits of RI's agricultural sector.

Hosted by RI Division of Agriculture at the State House: 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Ron Newman at (401) 222-2781 x4218 or by e-mail for more information.

Free screening of “FRESH”

Thursday, May 13 | 9:30PM - 12:00PM | Marion, MA | directions

The Marion Institute’s Sustainable Screening Series will present a free screening of the film “FRESH” on Thursday evening, May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Sarah Cogswell of SEMAP, Ann Richards, a community activist from Fairhaven, and Dr. Kumara Sidhartha, M.D. The screening and panel discussion will take place at Tabor Academy, Lyndon Hall South in the Academic Center, 85 Spring St.

Parking is available on Spring Street. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Space is limited. Seating is first come first served. For directions, go online to: www.taboracademy.org

Hosted by How On Earth & Marion Institute at the Tabor Academy, Lyndon Hall South in the Academic Center: 85 Spring Street, Marion, MA.

Contact Genn Oliveira at (508) 748-0816 for more information.

4th Annual Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival

Saturday, May 15 | 12:00PM - 7:00PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

Come see sheep shearing done by hand, make crafts in the Kid's Tent, watch a Fleece to Shawl contest, skirting of wool demonstrations and other interesting demonstrations by local Guilds, see fiber animals, learn about Rhody Warm Blankets, and browse the many, many vendors with wool and fiber related items for sale. And of course, tour the Museums‟ 18th Century Farmhouse to see hearth cooking, weaving, spinning and dyeing.

Hosted by Rhode Island sheepp Cooperative at the Coggeshall Farm Buseum: 1 Colt Dr., Bristol, RI.

Contact Linda Rhynard at (401) 578-2012 or by e-mail for more information.

Southside Community Land Trust’s Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 15 1:00PM - Sunday, May 16 5:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

The Plant Sale's here again! Join and grow!

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the City Farm: 109 Somerset Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Southside Community Land Trust at (401) 273-9419 x27 for more information.

Food Design - A Film by Martin Hablesreiter and Sonja Stummerer

Tuesday, May 18 | 9:00PM - 11:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Doors Open at 6 .
Local Buffet Dinner (optional) is available for $12. Pay at the Bar
The free film Starts at 7
See you there!

The sound of sausage: When a bite produces a distinct crunch, they taste particularly good. Fish sticks, on the other hand, don't make such great noises, but they can be arranged nicely in the pan. And is it merely a coincidence that bologna fits perfectly onto a slice of bread, and that when combined, they make up a popular snack?

Designers create clothes, furniture, cars and all kinds of useful items. So why not food? Food designers work on things to eat, giving them a certain style and function. They not only make sure that food and drink fill our stomachs, but also that the eating process is practical and appeals to all the senses - so that we're hungry for more.

FOOD DESIGN takes a look at the secret chambers of a major manufacturer of food, where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow. It shows how form, color, smell, consistency, the sounds made during eating, manufacturing technique, history and stories are all aspects of food and eating that both influence food design, and are created by it.

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.

Pork & Lamb Cuts Workshop

Thursday, May 20 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Westerly, RI | directions

Join RIRLA and the Trombino family for an educational demonstration on cutting a pork carcass and a lamb carcass. The live cutting demonstration is sure to increase your knowledge of what you can get from your hog and sheep. $20 for RIRLA members, $30 for non-members. Reserve your space, participation is limited. Contact Kim for more details: 401-575-3348 or director-rirla@cox.net

Hosted by RI Raised Livestock Association at the Westerly Packing: 15 Springbrook Rd., Westerly, RI.

Contact Kim Ziegelmayer at (401) 575-3348 or by e-mail for more information.

Two Day Plant Sale

Saturday, May 22 1:00PM - Sunday, May 23 7:00PM | Wrentham, MA | directions | website

Our Second Annual Plant Sale! We grow an enormous variety of vegetable varieties for your gardens. Especially tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and flowers for cutting. This year we are growing more varieties suited for containers, as well. See the website for more details and the ongoing inventory (as plants get potted up)
The sale is from 10am - 4pm both Saturday and Sunday. The location is at the site of our Roadside Stand, right on 1A in Wrentham. Just observe the "enter" and "exit" signs, park in the grassy field and be cautious getting off and on of 1A.
We use organic methods, although we are not certified. We take pride in growing healthy, stout starts for your garden. We will have a limited number of bags of organic potting soil from McEnroe Organic Compost to sell, also.
The beekeepers from Franklin Honey, who keep hives at our farm will also be on the scene with a limited amount of their local raw honey and a good supply of great bee products like hand cream and lip balms. You will also have an opportunity to purchase naturally raised pork from our friend, Floyd, at Burnshirt Valley Farm in Barre, MA. Floyd raises heritage breeds and gives them an excellent natural habitat in his woods. He will bring a freezer full of different cuts for you to stock up on.

Hosted by White Barn Farm at the Site of the Roadside Stand: 458 South Street, Wrentham, MA.

Contact Chris or Christy at (774) 210-0359 or by e-mail for more information.