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Events: June 2010

Connecting Our Local Economy,

Thursday, June 3 | 11:00AM - 8:00PM | Roxbury, MA | directions | website

SBN is thrilled to announce that the opening keynote speaker for this years conference will be Woody Tasch, Founder, Chairman & President of Slow Money.

As we gather for the 21st time we will share ideas on how we can grow our businesses by reaching out to new networks and building links between the various sectors of our local economy.

This year's conference will have three areas of focus:

* Transforming our local food economy
* Greening local businesses and reducing our carbon footprint
* Growing and sustaining local businesses and building local entrepreneurship
* The program and speakers will be featured in future email announcements.

It pays to be Local, Green, and Fair. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to grow your business and build a strong local economy.

Hosted by Sustainable Boston Network at the Hibernian Hall: 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA.

Contact SNB for more information.

Affordable Backyard Gardening

Saturday, June 5 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

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Hosted by Urban Agriculture Task Force at the -: 563 Public St., Providence, RI.

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

Annual Visitor's Day

Saturday, June 12 | 12:30PM - 6:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Free parking available at Fort Adams State Park. Trolleys will shuttle
between parking area and SVF from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

The SVF Foundation's mission is the cryo-preservation
of endangered breeds of livestock. Every June for one
day the public is invited to meet with our staff,
veterinarians and scientific advisors at the historic
Swiss Village.

Along with a self-guided tour of the historic
architecture and rare breed displays, our scientists will
be offering liquid nitrogen demonstrations as well as
in-depth explanations of the science behind cryo-
preservation and the need for genetic diversity in
agriculture.

Hosted by SVF Foundation at the SVF Foundation: 152 Harrison Ave., Newport, RI.

Contact Rocky Steeves at (401) 848-7229 or by e-mail for more information.

Herb Lore: Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking!

Saturday, June 12 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Western Cranston, RI | directions | website

Join us for a FREE workshop! Pat Russo, our onsite herb expert, will provide you with an in-depth look at the growing, harvesting, and use of herbs. Attendees will enjoy free samples of herb roll-ups with native greenhouse tomatoes and herbs you can purchase right here at Confreda's! and take home a free pamphlet and recipes. RSVP early by calling 401-827-5000 or responding to our Facebook event, This event will fill up fast!

Hosted by Confreda Greenhouses & Farms at the Confreda Greenhouses & Farms: 2150 Scituate Ave,, Western Cranston, RI.

Contact Pat Russo at (401) 827-5000 for more information.

Cooking with Fresh Herbs: Easy, Healthy, Delicious!

Saturday, June 12 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Cranston, RI | directions | website

Join us for a free cooking class with Chef Chris Oliveri of World’s Fare. Chef Chris can show you how to use fresh herbs for dishes that combine fantastic flavor, high nutrition, and international flair. RSVP today for this fun and deliciously informative event!

Hosted by Confreda Greenhouses & Farms at the Confreda Greenhouses & Farms: 2150 Scituate Avenue, Cranston, RI.

Contact Confreda staff at (401) 827-5000 for more information.

Compost and Soil Fertility

Tuesday, June 15 | 9:00PM - 11:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

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Hosted by Urban Agriculture Task Force at the Roger Williams Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI.

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

Green Drinks hosted by Farm Fresh RI

Thursday, June 17 | 8:00PM - 11:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

The Providence Green Drinks monthly gatherings (held on "Thirsty Third Thursday") provide a great opportunity to meet with people in the region who are personally and/or professionally interested and involved in a variety of environmental, conservation, and sustainability issues. It's an informal and fun time, plus you can find out all you want to know about RI farmers markets!

Hosted by Farm Fresh Rhode Island at the Peerless Building rooftop: 150 Union St., Providence, RI.

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

Farm Tours: Know your Farm, Love your Food

Thursday, June 17 | 9:00PM - 10:30PM | Western Cranston (Hope), RI | directions | website

Join Ray Aubin, General Manager, for an in-depth Q & A walking tour through portions of our several hundreds-acres fields and greenhouses. Learn preparation secrets as well as growing tips and techniques to improve your own home garden.Topics will include composting, irrigation, feeding and the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

We’ll also discuss our sensible approach to growing wholesome certified safe foods in a sustainable, environmentally-responsible manner. NOTE: Because of the walking and format, we recommend this tour for interested adults only. Stay tuned, more dates to come.

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

Contact Confreda staff at (401) 827-5000 for more information.

Taste of Westport! A Benefit for the Westport Ag. Comm.

Saturday, June 19 | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Westport, MA | directions | website

THE 2ND TASTE OF WESTPORT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL:
A BENEFIT FOR WESTPORT AGRICULTURE
HOSTED BY WESTPORT RIVERS VINEYARD & WINERY

SATURDAY, JUNE 19TH, 1-4PM
$45 PER PERSON
RESERVATIONS ONLY
CALL 508-636-3423 X2
OR ON-LINE AT OUR COMPANY STORE

A TENTED EVENT, RAIN OR SHINE

COME JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE OUR SECOND FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT WESTPORT AGRICULTURE THROUGH THE WESTPORT AG COM. LAST YEAR WE RAISED ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE 18 AG SIGNS FOR OUR TOWN. THEY WERE INSTALLED THIS SPRING BY THE WESTPORT HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.
THIS YEAR WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE WILL BE RAISING MONEY TO RE-DESIGN AND PRINT THE WESTPORT AGRICULTURAL BROCHURE. AGAIN THE FOCUS WILL BE ON WESTPORT. THE WINE, FOOD, BEER, PRODUCE AND PROVIDERS WILL BE FROM OR SOURCE FROM THE TOWN OF WESTPORT. EVEN OUR MUSIC... GARY DUQUETTE, ONE BAD ANT, IS A WESTPORT NATIVE. HE WILL BE PLAYING BLUES, FOLK, CLASSIC AND SOFT ROCK FAVORITES.

TASTE DELICIOUS FOOD WITH THE BACK EDDY, SMOKE & PICKLES, GREEN GAL, PERRY'S BAKERY, BAYSIDE, LEES MARKET, STARFISH BAKERY, KOZY NOOK, BITTERSWEET FARM AND VILLAGE PIZZA.
A CASH RAW BAR BY CUTTYHUNK SHELLFISH FARMS WILL BE AVAILABLE.
MEET THE FARMERS FROM ALLEN FARMS, PARADISE HILL, HANA'S HONEY, SHY BROTHERS CHEESES, NORTH STAR FARM, NOQUOCHOKE ORCHARDS AND RIVER ROCK FARM.
PAIR THESE DELICIOUS FLAVORS WITH THE WINES FROM WESTPORT RIVERS, RUNNING BROOK AND TRAVESSIA AND THE BEER FROM JUST BEER.
YOU WILL EVEN BE ABLE TO PURCHASE MANY DELICACIES AND PRODUCTS AS WELL.
ASK ANY AND ALL AGRICULTURAL QUESTIONS OF SEMAP, THE WESTPORT LAND TRUST, THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS AND THE WESTPORT AGRICULTURAL COMMISSION. THEY WILL ALL HAVE EDUCATIONAL BOOTHS.
AND REMEMBER THE AWESOME SILENT AUCTION. REALLY JUST AS AWESOME AS LAST YEAR FEATURING GIFT CERTIFICATES FROM HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CATERERS, FARMSTANDS AND NON-PROFITS. AND IF YOU'RE A GARDENER, YOU'LL BE DELIGHTED BY ALL THE ABUNDANT PLANTS TO BID ON.

Hosted by Westport Rivers Vinyard & Winery at the Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery: 417 Hixbridge Rd., Westport, MA.

Contact Craig Caesar at (508) 636-3423 or by e-mail for more information.

SEMAP Farm-to-Table Dinner!

Monday, June 21 9:00PM - Tuesday, June 22 12:00AM | Wareham, MA | directions

3rd ANNUAL FARM TO TABLE DINNER
Mon., June 21, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us on a culinary adventure set between the soil and the stars. How On Earth hosts a celebration of food at its source to benefit local farms through SEMAP.

This year, enjoy the farm to table experience bog side at the A.D. Makepeace Company Cranberry Bogs. Enjoy fresh, local foods prepared by area chefs in the company of those who make it possible--your local farmers.

Farm friendly attire - please bring your own plate and cutlery.
$175 per person.
Attendance is limited.
Please call to reserve your spot!
Call the SEMAP office at 508-295-2212 ext 50

Checks made payable to:
SEMAP
1 State Bog Rd., PO Box 569
East Wareham, MA 02538

Hosted by How On Earth at the AD Makepeace: 146 Tihonet Road, Wareham, MA.

Contact Bridget Alexander, ED at (508) 295-2212 x50 or by e-mail for more information.

Disappearing Act: A World Without Honeybees

Tuesday, June 22 | 9:30PM - 11:30PM | Providence, RI | directions

This film highlights the importance of honey bees in our food system. Follow the bees, imagine a life without them, and then see what a store would look like if they weren't there. A fascinating watch AND a great film for Pollinator Week. More details are forthcoming.

Doors open at 6:15 and the film starts at 7. Bonnie Freschette, bee champion, and Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods University Heights will be around to answer your bee questions.

Film's Free - Dinner's $12. Please pay at the bar

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI, EcoRI, Whole Foods University Heights, 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.

Savor Massachusetts – One Taste at a Time: Cape Cod Culinary Farm Tour

Thursday, June 24 | 12:00PM - 8:00PM | West Barnstable, MA | directions

RSVP required, please call for more details!

Please join Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Scott Soares and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism for a culinary farm tour of Cape Cod. Learn about the Bay State’s newest Massachusetts grown…and fresher initiative:

9:00 am to 10:00 am: E & T Farms Inc, 85 Lombard St., West Barnstable, MA
E & T Farms is a family run Aquaponics Farm that grows hydroponic vegetables and fish (tilapia and Koi). They also have working honeybees that pollinate the local cranberry bogs. Their products can be found in area natural food stores, restaurants, and at farmers’ markets. Owner Ed Osmun will provide a tour of the farm and a fascinating explanation of their aquaponics system that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics practices.

11:00 am to 12:45 pm: Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, 11 Shore Rd., Rt. 6A, North Truro, MA
This sustainable maritime winery on the easternmost shore of Cape Cod has been in operation since 1992, but the house and estate date back nearly two centuries. Recent renovations have engineered a new “green” winery production facility. The five acre farm grows Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes that are hand-picked at harvest time. Over thirteen wines are handcrafted and available for sale at the vineyard and online and can also be found in area restaurants. Wine tasting and winery tour will be offered by owner Dave Roberts.

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm: Cedar Springs Herb Farm, 159 Long Pond Dr., Harwich, MA
Cedar Springs Herb Farm is a seven acre teaching farm that grows a variety of fresh herbs and selected vegetables for their summer CSA. They offer a variety of culinary herbal products, body care products, as well as herbal medicinal and natural home care products. Herbalism classes and wellness consultations are provided by owner Donna Wood Eaton. Groups can schedule a guided tour that includes lecture/demonstration, tea and lunch. Join us for a tour of the herb identification garden, some herbal tea, and a tasting of a Cedar Springs herbal product.

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm: East Dennis Oyster Farm – East Dennis, MA
John and Stephanie Lowell have owned East Dennis Oyster Farm since 2003. Situated in the cold waters of Cape Cod Bay, they each farm a one acre oyster grant and are licensed to wholesale, retail, and cater (raw bar) their award winning East Dennis Oysters. East Dennis oysters are sold locally to restaurants on Cape Cod and to some of New York City’s finest restaurants. John and Stephanie will provide an informative interactive tour IN the tidal flats off of the Quivett Neck in East Dennis. Join us at low tide for an oyster tasting fresh from the farm!

Special meeting directions will be provided for this part of the tour.

Dress casual and bring a sweatshirt/light jacket and water resistant high boots for the oyster farm (or enjoy the warm sand and water on your toes!)

Hosted by MDAR - Savor Massachusetts at the Various Cape Cod Farms: 85 Lombard St., West Barnstable, MA.

Contact Julia Grimaldi at (857) 498-2632 or by e-mail for more information.

Perennials on Parade

Sunday, June 27 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM | Western Cranston (Hope), RI | directions | website

FREE tour and gardening talk! Take a stroll through our perennials with Michelle, our garden expert! Perennials are the backbone of any garden, and she will show you beautiful plants that will return to your garden year after year. You will learn how to choose just the right plants for you and your garden. From low maintenance to long bloomers to plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, you'll see it all at Perennials on Parade.

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

Contact Confreda staff at (401) 827-5000 for more information.

Animal Production in a Diversified Farm

Sunday, June 27 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM | Rehobeth, MA | directions | website

Free workshop about integrating animal production into a diversified farm. Open to young farmers apprentices interns and any other interested person. A potluck dinner will follow the workshop. Sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association- www.nofari.org .

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association at the Rosasharn Farm: 57 County Street, Rehobeth, MA.

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

“Local Meat: Benefits, Choices, Challenges”

Monday, June 28 10:00PM - Tuesday, June 29 12:00AM | Kingston, MA | directions

Finding meat from animals raised locally, not on distant factory farms, can be a challenge. On June 28th, you’ll have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of local farmers who raise their animals humanely and sell the meat locally, as well as a chef who uses locally raised meat at her restaurant.
The Kingston Public Library and the publishers of edible South Shore magazine present “Local Meat: benefits, choices, challenges,” the sixth program in the South Shore Locavores series that has been meeting in Kingston since January. The first programs were held at the Kingston Public Library, but so many people are interested in the topic that the program quickly outgrew the Library’s meeting room. To give more people an opportunity to attend, the June 28th program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sampson Hall meeting room at 222 Main Street (popularly known as the Beal House), Kingston.

Guest speakers for this session will be Terry Vandewater, a writer for edible South Shore magazine; Sasha Purpura from Plato’s Harvest in Middleboro; Carl Dematteo, the Executive Director of Northeast Family Farms in Woburn; Meagan Sweetish of Brown Boar Farm in Wells, Vermont; Joseph Beaulieu Jr. of J.H. Beaulieu Livestock And Produce Farm in Fairhaven; Patrick Roll of West Elm Farm in Pembroke; and Martha Stone, of Martha’s Stone Soup Restaurant in Plymouth. Jim’s Organic Coffee, a coffee roaster based in Wareham, provides the coffee for these events. As you might expect of a program about food, light refreshments will be provided.

The program is free, but donations will be accepted to cover expenses. Pre-registration is requested. Register in person at the Library, email kilib@kingstonpubliclibrary.org, or call 781-585-0517 x112.

Hosted by edible South Shore at the Kingston Public Library: 222 Main Street, Kingston, MA.

Contact Sia Stewart at (781) 585-0517 x122 or by e-mail for more information.