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Events: March 2011

Reaping More From What We Sow

Tuesday, March 1 12:00PM - Thursday, March 3 7:30PM | Sturbridge, MA | directions | website

A Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference & Trade Show.

Hosted by Harvest New England at the Sturbridge Host Hotel: 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA.

Contact Jaime Smith at (860) 713-2559 or by e-mail for more information.

Rhode Island CSA Fair

Wednesday, March 2 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions

Learn about Community Supported Agriculture and check out the farms in Rhode Island that will be providing a CSA this year! All of the information (prices, drop-off locations, item listings etc.) will be in one spot alongside the Wintertime Farmers Market, so come shopping and sign-up for a CSA!

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI at the Wintertime Market / Hope Artiste Village: 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

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

Explore Farming! Course

Wednesday, March 2 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Lowell, RI | directions | website

Do you want to farm, but you're not sure if starting a commercial farm business is right for you? This free workshop will help you decide. You will learn about:

* Small-scale commercial farming opportunities in New England
* Strategies that make successful farms and farmers
* How the New Entry program can help new farmers

Hosted by New Entry at the New Entry: 9 Central St. Suite 402, Lowell, RI.

Contact Sam at (978) 654-6745 or by e-mail for more information.

Beginner Beekeeping Classes

Wednesday, March 2 9:30PM - Thursday, March 3 12:00AM | Lincoln, RI | directions | website

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (6:30 - 9:00 PM)

The classes will cover everything the beginning beekeeper needs to know. Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering. There will be a variety of beekeeping equipment displayed and demonstrated each week.

The cost for these beginner classes is $50.00 per person. This includes all course materials, a textbook and current dues in the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association. Additional family members at the same address may attend for $5.00 each. (In this case, the entire family will be a member of the organization but will receive only one textbook and one set of handouts). Advance registration is required. To enroll, write a check payable to the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association or RIBA and send to:

Rhode Island Beekeepers Association
c/o Rob Mortin
366 Ten Rod Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852

For additional information, call Betty Mencucci at 568-8449, Mark Robar 539-0434, or Lou Chasse 295-0888. For more information and to print out a registration form, go to: www.ribeekeeper.org

Hosted by Rhode Island Beekeepers Association at the Davies Career and Tech High School: Jenckes Hill Road, Lincoln, RI.

Contact Betty Mencucci at (401) 568-8449 or by e-mail for more information.

Sustain Your Farm's Future: 4th Annual One-Day Farm Conference and Resource Fair

Saturday, March 5 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM | Dighton, MA | directions | website

You're invited to our Annual One-Day Farm Conference and Resource Fair. Organized by SEMAP and Bristol County Conservation District. Join us for a day of workshops and networking. This years topics include Agri-Tourism, How to Develop a Farm Blog, Grant Writing for Your Farm, Working with Land Trusts to Protect Your Farm, and a panel discussion on Value Added. This year we have also added a public track of workshops including The Birds & The Bees & a Farmers Market Panel Discussion. A local lunch will be prepared by Mike Melo of M&C Cafe.

Hosted by SEMAP and Bristol County Conservation District at the Bristol County Agricultural High School: 135 Center Street, Dighton, MA.

Contact Katie Cavangh at (774) 240-7004 or by e-mail for more information.

CT NOFA Winter Conf

Saturday, March 5 | 11:30AM - 7:30PM | Manchester, CT | directions | website

Connecticut’s largest organic conference will be held on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 from 8:30 to 4:45 pm at Manchester Community College, sponsored by CT NOFA and the college.

The state’s premier organic education event features keynote speaker Shannon Hayes, PhD, a third generation family farmer. Ms. Hayes is the celebrated author of three books The Grassfed Gourmet, The Farmer and the Grill, and Radical Homemakers. Shannon writes for numerous national publications including the NY Times, The Boston Review, The Atlantic and many international newspapers. Shannon writes of her attempts to live a life of personal accountability, while depicting the ecological side of today’s homemaking.

This year’s conference will feature a beginning farmer track of workshops, and also two tracks on winter food, one for farmers and another for consumers. All told there will be over thirty organic workshops for gardeners, cooks, farmers and land care professionals including classes on cheese making, wine and mead making, keeping urban chickens, canning food, deer fencing, raising nut crops, co-housing trends, and much more. For those interested in cooking local organic food there will be in-kitchen demonstrations. Local vendors and exhibits, focusing on food, gardening, farming, sustainable lifestyles and much more, will enrich the day’s experience. Lunch will be the ever-famous NOFA Potluck overseen by Chef John Turenne of Sustainable Food Systems.

CT NOFA (The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut) has promoted local organic agriculture through education and advocacy since 1982. Its members are a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, businesses and consumers. The conference is open to everyone, with scholarships available to new and beginning farmers. Visit www.ctnofa.org for more information.

Hosted by CT NOFA at the Manchester Community College: Great Path, Manchester, CT.

Contact Teresa Mucci at (203) 888-5146 or by e-mail for more information.

Hungry for Answers

Sunday, March 6 | 4:00PM - 9:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A Conference Addressing Barriers to Better Nutrition in the
United States and Around the World.

This interdisciplinary meeting will bring together experts from different fields – doctors, researchers, nutritionists, government leaders, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other practitioners – who are leading the fight against domestic and global malnutrition. $20 for the general public and free for students.

Hosted by Brown Univeristy, RI Food Bank, and Edesia at the Solomon Center, Brown University: 91 Waterman St., Providence, RI.

Contact RI Food Bank at (401) 942-6325 for more information.

Beginner Beekeeping Classes

Saturday, March 12 9:30PM - Sunday, March 13 12:00AM | Pascoag, RI | directions | website

March 12 + 19, 9:00 – 2:00 PM and March 26, 9:00 - 12:00 PM

The classes will cover everything the beginning beekeeper needs to know. Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering. There will be a variety of beekeeping equipment displayed and demonstrated each week.

The cost for these beginner classes is $50.00 per person. This includes all course materials, a textbook and current dues in the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association. Additional family members at the same address may attend for $5.00 each. (In this case, the entire family will be a member of the organization but will receive only one textbook and one set of handouts). Advance registration is required. To enroll, write a check payable to the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association or RIBA and send to:

Rhode Island Beekeepers Association
c/o Rob Mortin
366 Ten Rod Road
North Kingstown, RI 028

For additional information, call Betty Mencucci at 568-8449, Mark Robar 539-0434, or Lou Chasse 295-0888. For more information and to print out a registration form, go to: www.ribeekeeper.org

Hosted by RI Beekeepers Association at the Bridgeton School: 16 Laurel Hill Avenue, Pascoag, RI.

Contact Betty Mencucci by e-mail for more information.

Compost Conference

Tuesday, March 22 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A conference for municipal officials, industry, entrepreneurs, the hospitality sector, and institutions on large scale collection and composting of food scrap possibilities and financial viability in RI.

Sponsored by the Environenmental Council of Rhode Island Education Fund, Southside Community Land Trust, ECORI.org, RISD


Confirmed speaker
Michael O’Connell Executive Director Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
Janet Coit Director Rhode Island Departartment of Environmental Management
Michael Merner Earthcare Farm
Reese Howell President Orbit Energy Inc.
Michael Bradlee Vice President Ecotope

Invited speakers
Angel Taveras Mayor of Providence


Landfill space is getting scarce and many communities are beginning to realize that food scrap can become an asset for the community rather than an expensive liability. Around the country and the world communities are starting and expanding compost programs.

Nearly all of Rhode Island’s food scrap is currently buried in the landfill creating large quantities of methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. If we collected and composted or digested our food scrap the benefits include:

Fewer Greenhouse Gas emissions
Jobs making and distributing compost
Compost to build the soil fertility for our local agricultural renaissance
Longer life for the Central Landfill
Clean energy


Every community faces slightly different challenges in moving towards the collection and composting of its organic scrap. At this conference there will be information on a variety of composting programs currently in use . You will also learn a variety of best practices from professionals and leaders in the field to help determine what can work well for your business or commmunity and how your elected and appointed officials can help.

Hosted by Environment Council RI at the Chase Auditorium - RISD Museum: 20 North Main, Providence, RI.

Contact Greg Gerrit at (401) 621-8048 for more information.

Northeast Organic Farming Association RI Annual Meeting

Saturday, March 26 8:00PM - Sunday, March 27 12:00AM | Cranston, RI | directions

What direction should NOFA/RI take over the next few years? Who does NOFA/RI serve, and how can we best serve them?
Come share your vision for the NOFA/RI strategic plan!

Potluck dinner — please bring a main or side dish, salad or dessert. Beverages and bread will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own place setting.

Live music by "Not Them Again", acoustic folk group featuring NOFA/RI members Dan Lawton and Shannon Donovan

Directions: Take Route 95 or 295 to Route 37 West. At the light at the end of Route 37, take a left onto Natick Avenue. At the next light, take a left onto Wilbur Avenue. After going under the Rte. 295 overpass, bear left onto Wheelock Avenue. The grange is on the left.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Oaklawn Grange: 42 Wheelock Avenue, Cranston, RI.

Contact Mike Roberts at (401) 835-2346 or by e-mail for more information.

5% Day at Whole Foods Market

Tuesday, March 29 11:00AM - Wednesday, March 30 1:00AM | Providence And Cranston, RI | directions | website

Shop any Whole Foods Market in Rhode Island on Tuesday, March 29th and Whole Foods will donate 5% of the day's sales to Farm Fresh Rhode Island's "Healthy Foods, Healthy Families" program. Bring your family, friends, and grocery lists!

Healthy Foods, Healthy Families - Comidas Sanas, Familias Sanas
This program empowers low-income Rhode Island families and seniors with the tools to shop for and cook affordable fresh foods through a series of hands-on cooking sessions at the Farmers Market. All sessions offered in English and Spanish.

Hosted by Whole Foods and Farm Fresh Rhode Island at the Whole Foods Markets: University, Waterman St, and Garden City Locations, Providence And Cranston, RI.

Contact Christie at (401) 312-2450 for more information.

Women in Agriculture Conference

Thursday, March 31 | 11:00AM - 6:30PM | Narragansett, RI | directions

Come join us and other private entities as we explore Women in Farming.
Early REgistration available, food and refreshments will be provided.

Registration fee:
$20.00 (By March21st)
$25.00 (After March 21st)
$15.00 (Student Rate)

Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch.

For more information and to obtain the Registration form, please contact:
Shelly Pezza: shelley12@cox.net
Peggy Siligato: siligato@uri.edu

Hosted by URI at the URI - Narragansett Bay Campus: South Ferry Rd, Narragansett, RI.

Contact Shelley Pezza at (401) 943-2707 or by e-mail for more information.