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Events: July 2010

NOFA/Mass Introductory Backyard Poultry Workshop

Saturday, July 10 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM | Acushnet, MA | directions | website

ACUSHNET, MA – On Saturday, July 10, in five locations in every region of Massachusetts, Northeast Organic Farming Association/ Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass), is sponsoring five simultaneous workshops on how to raise backyard poultry. In Acushnet, Cynda Williams will teach a workshop on the basics of raising backyard poultry at The Clover Path Garden on 191 Quaker Lane from 3pm-6pm.

Williams who will be teaching the workshop in Acushnet raises certified organic chickens. In her workshop, participants will learn to choose breeds for their flock, to raise day-old chicks to maturity, to properly store and feed whole grains and sprouted grains, to provide good housing for all seasons, to establish fencing to protect the birds; to apply inventive ideas for shade and shelter; to discern whether organic is for you, to understand molting and flock health issues, and to check local laws and regulations for keeping poultry. Bringing a notebook and camera is advised. Handouts will be provided.

Williams said, “Watching chickens is better entertainment than TV. All my chicken friends say the same thing. Chickens eat insects, especially ticks and mosquitoes. I’ve had no ticks since I started free-ranging chickens in my yard. For people trying to persuade their local boards of health that it would be a good idea to allow raising of chickens in urban settings, looking at the reduction of the Lyme-bearing deer tick populations would be a great angle. I feel a great freedom being able to move around my yard without the fear of Lyme infection.”

“For me, hearing the rooster crow is akin to hearing the first Red-Winged Blackbird in the spring. It always makes me smile. The return from the poultry is their eggs, whose taste is way beyond conventional eggs. It’s also the manure, which helps make the garden grow.”

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the The Clover Path Garden: 191 Quaker Lane, Acushnet, MA.

Contact Ben Grosscup, NOFA/Mass Extens at (413) 658-5374 or by e-mail for more information.

Coastal Vineyards Summer Festival!

Sunday, July 11 | 3:00PM - 8:00PM | S. Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Coastal Vineyard Events! July 11th & August 1st, 2010
Noon – 5PM

Visit David Neilson on his 8 acre vineyard / winery to experience fine creative wines, grown and bottled in South Dartmouth MA.

July 11th, 2010 – Summer Festival – Introduction of our RED WINES:
2008 Cabernet Franc, 2008 Merlot & 2008 Seashore Rd. (blend of Cab. Franc & Merlot)
Live music by Bob Peck (1-4pm), sit out on the lawn overlooking the vineyard, sipping wine, relaxing, and enjoy life.

August 1st, 2010 – Art Festival – Local artists: Dave, Tyler & Anita Poyant.
Enjoy great art. Taste great wine.

Coastal Vineyards

Hosted by Coastal Vineyards at the Coastal Vineyards: 61 Pardon Hill Rd., S. Dartmouth, MA.

Contact David Neilson at (774) 202-4876 or by e-mail for more information.

Energy Indpendence Day 2010

Sunday, July 11 | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Middletown, RI | directions

Learn more about energy conservation.

Sunday, July 11 will mark the second Energy Independence Day as an opportunity to inform the community of energy conservation and sustainable energy as a gateway to lower energy bills, to help slow global climate change, and to lessen reliance on foreign carbon-based fuel sources.

More than 70 vendors, contractors, non-profits, retailers and other suppliers of energy products and services from Southern New England will be on-hand to educate homeowners, children and others interested in learning more about America's energy situation and what we're doing about it right here in RI.

Exhibitors will have exciting, interactive attractions, games, and prizes to help attendees learn ways to cut energy use, save on energy bills and reduce the island's carbon footprint. Admission is free and there will be food and refreshments available as well as ample free parking. For more information please visit

Energy Independence Day
Sunday, July 11, 1-4 pm
55 John Clarke Road
Aquidneck Corporate Park
Near the YMCA and Easton's beach

Hosted by Energy Independence Day at the 55 John Clarke Rd.: Middletown, Middletown, RI.

Contact Mary Pat Radeka at (401) 619-5292 or by e-mail for more information.


Saturday, July 17 | 4:00PM - 8:00PM | Onset, MA | directions


SATURDAY, JULY 17th, 2010
1:00—5:00 P.M.


($1.50 PER OYSTER/$1 CLAM)




Hosted by Mass. Aquaculture Association at the Wickets Inn, Onset: 167 Onset Avenue, Onset, MA.

Contact Michael Besse at (508) 759-7673 or by e-mail for more information.

Rhody Farm-A-Que

Saturday, July 17 | 8:00PM - 11:00PM | Exeter, RI | directions

Rhody Farm-A-Que
Held at Schartner Farms Pond
Saturday, July 17th 5-8PM
Reservations made at Schartner Farms 294-2044

Special Guests - Brewers from Newport Storm
Featuring - All Schartner's Farm Grown Produce

Passed Appetizers -
Farm ripe tomato and basil bruchetta and marinated NARRAGANSETT CREAMERY mozzarella on garlic toast.

A mix of fresh veggies battered in NEWPORT STORM brew and drizzled with a smoked pepper aioli.

Half roasted baby potatoes with sea salt & olive oil served with herbed sour cream and chives.

Mixed greens with cucumbers, tomatoes, and a CELESTIAL CAFE made honey & basil balsamic dressing.

Homemade potato salad with fresh dill, onions, and eggs from PAT'S PASTURED local farm.

Pasta salad made with grilled veggies in a pesto vinaigrette.

BBQ Ribs -
Slow braised CELESTIAL CAFE style ribs cooked with apples and NEWPORT STORM brew, then smothered in homemade BBQ and thrown on the fire to crisp.

Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken -
Lemon piccatta and herb roasted chicken from PAT'S PASTURED local farm.

BBQ Beef Brisket -
Local CARPENTER'S FARM brisket slow braised and sliced, served with a strawberry and port BBQ.

Dessert -
Cinnamon buttermilk biscuits topped with fresh blueberries and fresh whipped cream.


Hosted by Schartner Farms/Celestial Cafe at the Schartner Farms: Rt. 2 & 1 Arnold Pl., Exeter, RI.

Contact Paula at (401) 294-2044 for more information.

2nd Annual Hydrangea Festival

Saturday, July 24 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Western Cranston (Hope), RI | directions | website

Please join us on Saturday, July 24th at 10 am for our annual Hydrangea Seminar. Our local grower will teach you key tips to guarantee your success in growing, pruning, fertilizing, cutting, and drying your hydrangeas. We will introduce you to some new varieties as well as the old favorites. Attendees will take home a free information packet.

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.

South Shore Locavores: Local Honey!

Monday, July 26 | 10:00PM - 12:00PM | Kingston, MA | directions

the South Shore Locavores series will be on Monday, July 26th, at 6:45 p.m., and the topic is Local Honey.

The program will be held at the Kingston Public Library, at 6 Green Street in Kingston. You’re on our list, but because space is limited, we request that you tell us if you’re coming to this session. You can do that by replying to this message or by calling Sia at 781 585-0517 x122.

Also, come at 6:45 p.m. for coffee and food samples. We hope to have a few examples of things made with honey. This is a great chance for a recipe swap, too, so if you have a favorite honey recipe, bring a copy to share with the group. We’ll figure out a way to distribute recipes to people who are interested.

The formal program begins at 7 p.m. and goes till 8:30. And once again, door prizes!

This program is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted to help offset the costs of the series.

Guest speakers for this session will include local beekeepers, farmers, and cooks, who will speak about their experiences with beekeeping, the role of bees in farming, environmental concerns, and cooking with honey.

Hosted by edible South Shore at the Kingston Public Library: 6 Green Street, Kingston, MA.

Contact Sia Stewart at (781) 585-0517 x122 for more information.

Wild Edible Forage Walk

Tuesday, July 27 | 4:30PM - 6:30PM | Bellinghamn, MA | directions | website

Wild foods foraging walk hosted by Russ Cohen, an expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten. Bellingham is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Russ will guide us in the identification of at least two dozen edible wild plants and edible mushroom species may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with information on edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, along with general guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. His guidebook to edible plants will be available for purchase.

Hosted by Russ Cohen at the Trolley Crossing Farm: 50 Railroad Street, Bellinghamn, MA.

Contact Donna Galipeau at (508) 883-1344 or by e-mail for more information.

Mad City Chickens

Tuesday, July 27 9:30PM - Wednesday, July 28 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From experts and authors to a rescued landfill chicken or an inexperienced family that takes the poultry plunge—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

We are encouraging all things out of the ordinary at this film. Dress up! Bring your best chicken COSTUME. Paint your face. Let's have fun with this one! Best costume wins a prize!

Dinner will be available for $15 at 6:15 PM. We had to increase the price to cover the Film Fees.

As always, the film is FREE and at 7PM.

See you there!

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI, Local 121 and Whole Foods University Heights at the Local 121: 121 Washington St, Providence, RI.

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

Breakfast in the Barnyard

Saturday, July 31 | 11:00AM - 12:30PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

Rise and Shine with the Fowl and Swine! Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm Museum's heritage livestock. Participants will join one of the museum's costumed interpreters to help with the morning chores while learning about farm animals in 18th century Rhode Island. Feed the swine, brush the cows, and turn out the chickens while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the chores, return to the farmhouse for a breakfast of 1790's Jonnycakes. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for a morning in the barnyard. This program begins promptly at 8:00am; please arrive at least five minutes early. 8:00am-9:30am. $8.00 for Adults; $5.00 for Seniors and Children. Museum Members-$5.00 for Adults; $3.00 for Seniors and Children.

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.

Tomato Festival

Saturday, July 31 1:00PM - Sunday, August 1 7:00PM | Western Cranston (Hope), RI | directions | website

Come to Confreda Greenhouses & Farms on Saturday, July 31-Sunday, August 1! We’re celebrating the tomato with an old-fashioned farm fair. On Saturday, The Rolling Stove, chefs providing delicious, nutritious fare with tomatoes straight from our fields, will be whipping up an assortment of delicacies including chilled gazpacho, bruschetta, and salads. The kids can enjoy sack races and games all weekend, and on Sunday, there will be a radio-controlled glider plane show. We’re also expecting a visit from The Get Fresh. Buy Local. Fresh Fanatics, 3 life-size vegetables who represent the statewide campaign Get Fresh. Buy Local. This program promotes awareness of RI-grown specialty crops.

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.