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Events: January 2011

SEMAP Winter Meeting

Monday, January 10 | 6:30PM - 9:30PM | Carver, MA | directions

SE Mass farmers' yearly local food distribution networking event.

Guest presenter Steve Hancock from NorthStar Farm in Westport, MA will discuss working to develop a farm-to-school relationship with a private school in Andover, MA.

RSVP by January 7th. Contact Sarah for more info.

Hosted by SEMAP at the Carver Public Library: 108 Main Street, Carver, MA.

Contact Sarah Cogswell at (508) 542-0434 or by e-mail for more information.

NOFA MA Winter Conference

Saturday, January 15 | 12:00PM - 8:00PM | Worcester, MA | directions | website

The 24th Annual Nofa MA Winter Conference.

A day long event of technical workshops for organic farmers and gardeners. Keynote by Michael Phillips: Circles of Connection:
On the Farm, Embracing Community, and Always in the Heart.

Hosted by NOA Massachusetts at the Worcester Tech High School: 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA.

Contact Dennis Cronin at (508) 799-2278 or by e-mail for more information.

FRESH: Movie Screening

Sunday, January 23 10:00PM - Monday, January 24 1:00AM | Newport, RI | directions | website

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet’s future.

Throughout the film we encounter the most inspiring people, ideas, and initiatives around the US. Among several main characters, FRESH features:

Will Allen - 6ft 7” former professional basketball player who is now one of the most influential leaders of the food security & urban farming movement. His farm and not-for-profit, Growing Power, have trained and inspired people in every corner of the US.
Joel Salatin- world-famous sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, made famous by Michael Pollan (also in the movie and author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma). Salatin writes that he is “in the redemption business: healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, and healing the culture.”
David Ball -supermarket owner. With the rise of Wal-Mart and other big chains, David Ball saw his family-run supermarket dying, along with a once-thriving local farm community. So he reinvented his business, partnering with area farmers to sell locally-grown food and specialty food products at an affordable price.

Plant Inspiration
Sprout Hope
Grow Awareness
Produce Change
Pick Fresh

Short panel discussion to follow with local food growers and suppliers
5$ donation suggested.
For more info: Gracious Audette, 401 841 9198
Register for the event at: http://action.freshthemovie.com/o/5958/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=38971

Hosted by Firehouse Theatre at the Firehouse Theatre: 4 Equality Park Place, Newport, RI.

Contact Gracious Audette, at (401) 841-9198 or by e-mail for more information.

Arts + Eats #4

Thursday, January 27 9:00PM - Friday, January 28 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A friendly evening of good food by Farm Fresh Harvest Kitchen youth & good art by AS220 Youth

To benefit farm-to-school and farm-to-hospital initiatives at Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Join us for local food, drink, and art. Catered by Youth Trainees of the Farm Fresh Harvest Kitchen with the art of AS220 Youth.
$20 ticket includes light fare, beer and wine. 100% of ticket profits and 5% of art sales this evening go to the Farm Fresh RI Market Mobile warehouse build out to get more fresh foods into local schools and hospitals.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI at the Firehouse 13: 41 Central St, Providence, RI.

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

Canada Goose Abatement for Livestock and Agricultural Producers

Monday, January 31 10:00PM - Tuesday, February 1 12:00AM | Tiverton, RI | directions

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the RI State Conservation Committee and RI Conservation Districts is offering two workshops on Canada Goose abatement for livestock and agricultural producers in Bristol County, RI. This workshop will assist you in developing a plan for goose management and is funded through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) which provides technical and financial assistance to address conservation issues.

Resident Canada Geese populations can inflict significant damage on agricultural land in the form of water quality impairment, crop loss, and subsequent erosion. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, geese also produce heavy concentrations of fecal droppings which can lead to excess nutrient enrichment of ponds and lakes. The additional nutrients then lead to excessive plant growth such as algae and other nuisance plants. Rapid increases in algae can then limit the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water for other aquatic organisms. These large, dense geese populations also pose a risk to other species of birds through transmission of avian diseases.

To mitigate effects on water quality, NRCS is offering a pilot conservation program to help manage resident Canada goose populations. Conservation practices eligible for financial assistance through the EQIP program include Tree and Shrub Establishment, Early Successional Habitat Management, Conservation Cover, Fencing, Upland Wildlife Management, and Wetland Wildlife Management.

Livestock and agricultural producers in Bristol County, RI are encouraged to attend the workshop to learn about Canada Geese and strategies for coexistence with them. The workshop will discuss the natural history of the Canada Goose; resident versus migrant populations; human/goose conflict; Federal, State and local regulations; and strategies for mitigating goose problems.

Hosted by Natural Resource Conservation Service at the Eastern Conservation District Office: 2490 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI.

Contact Walter Marshall at (401) 349-0262 or by e-mail for more information.