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Events: April 2011

The Soil Food Web Workshop

Saturday, April 2 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Charlestown, RI | directions | website

Cost: $40
Some of the questions that will be addressed during this 2 hour class:
• What exactly do we mean by “The Soil Food Web”?
• What components make up this web and its supporting elements.
• Is soil “alive” and if so, what makes it alive and what lives in the soil besides worms?
• What exactly is going on down there at any given point in time?
• How do these different organisms interact?
• How dependent are they on each other? Who gets along and who doesn’t?
• What happens if/when the “web” is broken?
• What can we do to improve our soil food web?
• How does this web affect gardeners?
• What effect does this web have on our agricultural practices and food sources.

** Professional development credits may be available depending on your state and area of interest.

Hosted by The Worm Ladies of Charlestown, Inc. at the Susie Fehrmann's home: 204 East Beach Road, Charlestown, RI.

Contact Nancy Warner at (401) 322-7675 or by e-mail for more information.

The Soil Food Web Workshop

Saturday, April 2 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Charlestown, RI | directions | website

$40 includes Worm Clinic Professional Development Credits available, Master Gardener credits, Master Composter credits

Hosted by The Worm Ladies at the The Worm Ladies Farm: 204 Eas Beach Road, Charlestown, RI.

Contact Nancy Warner at (401) 322-7675 or by e-mail for more information.

Worm Bin Clinic

Saturday, April 2 | 4:00PM - 8:00PM | Charlestown, RI | directions | website

For those interested in a personal evaluation of their worm bin. If it is time to harvest the castings, materials and assistance will be provided. $10

Hosted by The Worm Ladies of Charlestown at the The Worm Ladies Farm: 204 East Beach Road, Charlestown, RI.

Contact Nancy Warner at (400) 322-7675 or by e-mail for more information.

The Destination Farm in Transition

Tuesday, April 5 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM | Stonington, CT | directions | website

Agritourism Training for Destination Farm Operators

Hosted by New England FarmWays at the SaltWater Farm Vineyard: 349 Elm Street, Stonington, CT.

Contact Stu Nunnery at (401) 592-0209 or by e-mail for more information.

Do Something Reel Film Festival

Wednesday, April 6 10:30PM - Thursday, April 28 12:30AM | Pawtucket, RI | directions | website

Whole Foods Market presents a series of free film screenings providing a moving, eye-opening look at how the choices we make can have a huge impact on our bodies, our economy and our environment.

April 6 - Bag it
April 13 - Planeat
April 20 - Vanishing of the Bees
April 27 - Urban Roots

Brought to you by Whole Foods Market, Eco RI and Hope Artiste Village. Movies will be played from 7:30-9pm in the Greenhouse room of the Wintertime Market on Wednesdays.

Hosted by Whole Foods Market at the Wintertime Market at Hope Artiste Village: 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

Contact Bonnie Frechette at (401) 621-5990 for more information.

The Destination Farm in Transition

Tuesday, April 12 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM | Spencer, MA | directions | website

Agritourism Training for Destination Farm Operators

Hosted by New England FarmWays at the Zukas Hilltop Barn: 89 Smithville Road, Spencer, MA.

Contact Stu Nunnery at (401) 592-0209 or by e-mail for more information.

High Tunnel Twilight Meeting

Tuesday, April 12 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions

Topics will include growing High Tunnel Salad Crops and Cover Crops. Opportunities for farm help networking will also be highlighted.

Cost: $20/person, includes dinner.
RSVP by April 7th to: Kristen Castrataro kcas@uri.edu or phone: 401-874-2967/401-256-7393

Hosted by URI Cooperative Extension and DEM Division of Ag at the URI Agronomy Farm: Plains Rd, Kingston, RI.

Contact Kristen Castrataro at (401) 874-2967 or by e-mail for more information.

Honeybee film 'Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us

Thursday, April 14 10:00PM - Friday, April 15 12:30AM | Newport, RI | directions

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, acclaimed director of the grass-roots hit THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN.

Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Hosted by Collective Eye Films at the Jane Pickens Theater: 49 Touro Street, Newport, RI.

Contact Amanda Elder at (503) 232-5345 for more information.

Small Food Business Coaching

Monday, April 25 9:30PM - Tuesday, April 26 12:00AM | Warwick, RI | directions | website

This event is FREE of charge but registration is required
– DUE TO EVENT FORMAT CAPACITY IS LIMITED.
Register online or call ACCION USA at (401) 626-7739

What is speed coaching all about?

Offered through the Samuel Adams Brewing the American
Dream program, the unique format of this evening offers small
business owners a chance to meet one-on-one with Samuel
Adams employees and local business experts, as well as
network and connect with fellow small business owners.

“I met with someone at Speed Coaching who handles PR at Samuel
Adams. Marketing is an area where I felt as an entrepreneur I
needed a lot of help. I got a number of great ideas for my business,
including suggestions of bloggers I could reach out to that proved
very useful in bringing my business ahead.” –Speed Coaching
Participant

Hosted by Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream at the Crowne Plaza: 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI.

Contact Claudia Cardozo at (401) 626-7739 or by e-mail for more information.

Speed Coaching for Food and Beverage Entrepreneurs

Monday, April 25 9:30PM - Tuesday, April 26 12:00AM | Warwick, RI | directions | website

Are you a food & beverage or hospitality entrepreneur? Are you looking for concrete advice to ensure long-term business success? Get live, personalized consulting from local professionals and Samuel Adams experts who will offer their expertise in areas including:

mentoring

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Marketing and Public Relations
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Packaging
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Sales and Distribution
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Financing
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Business Planning
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Legal Counseling

WHERE: Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave. Warwick, RI 02886



WHEN: Monday, April 25th 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00p.m.



Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co., will be coming as well, to speak to speed coaching participants about the benefits of Brewing the American Dream!




Come network! Food & drinks will be provided.



This event is FREE of charge, but registration is necessary.


Entrepreneurs are encouraged to bring packaging, materials, ideas and questions. Coaching Available in the following areas:

* Financing: Find out about available microloans through Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, as well as credit and money management issues facing small businesses. Coaches are able to speak with attendees in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


* Graphic Design/Logo Development: Coaches are able to answer questions about creating a logo, how to make your packaging and point of sales materials look unique to your brand and provide insight on other graphic design related areas.


* IT: Find out how to register a domain name for a Website, create a quick and easy Website to maximize your sales and branding on the internet, and how to setup Email unique to your company.


* Marketing/PR: Talk to a coach about new product development including name selection, packaging design, promotion, POS and sales challenges. Ask questions related to publicity campaigns, strategic outreach to the media, how to use public relations to create awareness for your business and products, and guidelines for working with the press.


* Sales & Distribution: These coaches can offer insightful information on preparing yourself for a sales call, suggest ways to make your business stand out from competitive products/services, and offer selling and negotiation tactics.

Hosted by ACCIONUSA, Sam Adams at the Crowne Plaza: 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, RI.

Contact Elizabeth Garlow at (617) 616-1582 for more information.

4th Annual Opening Day/Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 30 | 11:00AM - 6:00PM | Phillipston, MA | directions | website

Workshops start at 9, Land Conservation, Composting, Solar & The EPA of your home, Massage Therapy & Acupuncture, seedlings and seeds, bio-degradable weed paper, seasonal supplements and bug repellent, Folk Music prize for the biggest bag of Road Rubbish

Hosted by Sugar Hollow Farm at the Sugar Hollow Farm: 425 Queen lake Rd, Phillipston, MA.

Contact Lauren Roy at (978) 516-8227 or by e-mail for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt on the farm

Saturday, April 30 | 3:00PM - 3:30PM | Cumberland, RI | directions

Come join in some family fun. $6 per family and the kiddies enjoy a candy egg hunt, and you get to take home a dozen of our organic eggs. please call or email to confirm your participation.

Weather Permitting. You can always call the morning of to confrim.

Hosted by Cumberland Organics at the Cumberland Organics: 25 Reservoir Road, Cumberland, RI.

Contact Kristen at (401) 575-6967 or by e-mail for more information.