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Events: March 2012

The Wilderness Debate: Humans and Nature

Thursday, March 1 7:00PM - Wednesday, March 7 9:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

Lecture series: free and open to the public.
The Wilderness Debate: Humans and Nature
- Dr. Karl Jacoby, Professor of History, Brown University
- Dr. Numi Mitchell, Lead Scientist and Project Director for the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study, The Conservation Agency

Hosted by Sustainable Communities Initiative at the Room 128, Clarke Science Building at Rhode Island College: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI.

Contact Dante Del Giudice at (401) 456-8428 or by e-mail for more information.

2012 RI Garden Symposium 'Food, Flowers & Family'

Saturday, March 3 | 8:00AM - 4:30PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

The URI Outreach Center and the URI Master Gardeners Association are pleased to bring you
Food, Flowers & Family, a special day designed for those who want to learn more about home gardening for a bountiful and beautiful harvest. The symposium is open to all and will be especially helpful to first-time gardeners, as well as volunteers at community gardens and educators working with gardeners of all ages. Register by February 15 and save! http://www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc/Events.html

Hosted by University of Rhode Island and URI Master Gardener Association at the URI Kingston Campus: 120 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Mamie Chen at (401) 874-2900 or by e-mail for more information.

2nd Annual March Maple Fest

Saturday, March 3 10:00AM - Sunday, April 1 2:00PM | Hardwick, MA | directions

Join Us for our 2nd Annual March Maple Fest

Serving a local maple themed breakfast every Saturday & Sunday from 10am-2pm. Followed by live music until 4pm and wine tastings until 5pm

Hayrides will be offered to our local sugar house weather permitted. Petting zoo & much more

$14/adults $6/child Under 3 free

Hosted by Hardwick Winery at the Hardwick Winery: 3305 Greenwich Rd, Hardwick, MA.

Contact Jenn at (413) 967-7763 or by e-mail for more information.

Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff

Saturday, March 3 | 1:00PM - 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Southside Community Land Trust invites you to its 3rd annual Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff, a day of family-friendly, food-growing fun on Saturday, March 3rd from 1:00-4:00pm. The kickoff will be hosted at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center – a sunny, warm, indoor garden full of lush plant life (it’s the perfect taste of spring!)

The event will feature live music, light refreshments, cooking demonstrations and a seed swap (bring your seeds). Check out the line up of exciting educational workshops:

* Planning and Canning

* Organic Pest Control

* Maple Sugaring

* Seed Starting

* Water Barrels/ Harvesting

* Growing Year Round

* Seed Saving and Seed Swap

Families are welcome; young “gardeners in training” can enjoy a kid’s corner with games and art projects. SCLT will also hold a silent auction offering people the chance to bid on some great items, like garden design consultations with expert growers, a massage, a catered dinner party for 6, and other fun prizes.

Admission is $5 at the door (free for children and members of the Providence Community Growers Network). All proceeds will benefit Southside Community Land Trust’s Community Growers Network, which supports over 700 families with resources, education, and community-building they need to grow an abundance of healthy food!

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI.

Contact Amber Ma at (401) 273-9419 or by e-mail for more information.

2nd Annual CSA Fair

Wednesday, March 7 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is excited to announce our second Rhode Island CSA Fair on Wednesday, March 7th, at the Wintertime Farmers Market in Pawtucket, RI. Community Supported Agriculture, often shortened to CSA, is a prepaid subscription to a farm's produce for the season.

If you've never participated in a CSA before, the fair is the perfect chance to ask lots of questions and shop around for the CSA that is right for you. Most CSAs give shareholders a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruits and sometimes even eggs and meat.

The Rhode Island CSA Fair will feature over ten local farms that are providing CSA this year! All of the information (prices, drop-off locations, items offered etc.) will be in one spot. Pickup days vary by farm and some offer pickups in Providence.

Hosted by Farm Fresh Rhode Island at the The Greenhouse at the Wintertime Farmers Market: 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

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

DIY Kids- Bird Habitat

Friday, March 9 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Birds need to eat too, especially during the winter season when the food is scarce. Learn how to make a bird habitat that you can take home and place outside. We will be using a nut butter to make these habitats, please be aware when signing up if your child has a nut allergy. Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up.

Hosted by Berkshire Co-op Market at the Berkshire Co-op Market: 42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

9th Annual Land and Water Conservation Summit

Saturday, March 10 | 7:30AM - 4:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Since it began in 2004, the Summit has annually attracted over 300 leaders from throughout Rhode Island for a day of learning and networking. Local conservation leaders come from all walks of life - banking, industry, academia - and are preeminent leaders from throughout the state. The Summit presents an unsurpassed opportunity to network with people who are both passionate about the state's natural resources and outstanding community and state leaders.

Online and mail-in registration is no longer available but walk-up registrations on the day of the summit are welcome.

Hosted by RI NRCS at the URI Memorial Union: 75 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Rupert Friday at (401) 932-4667 or by e-mail for more information.

Pancakes at the Farm

Saturday, March 10 9:00AM - Sunday, March 11 1:00PM | Rutland, RI | directions | website

Tour the farm, visit the sugar shack and enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast with maple syrup and pork sausage.

Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm 216 Wachusett Street Rutland, MA 01543 www.heifer.org/overlook

Admission
Adults: $12.00 Children: (3-10) $6.00
Children age two and under: free

Saturday, March 10, 2012 Sunday, March 11, 2012
time
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Hosted by Heifer Learning Center at the Overlook Farm: 216 Wachusett St, Rutland, RI.

Contact Jane Manchester at (508) 886-2221 or by e-mail for more information.

FarmHack RISD

Saturday, March 10 1:00PM - Sunday, March 11 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Join us as we work side-by-side with local farmers to develop new tools and ideas to help strengthen sustainable agriculture in Providence and beyond. The weekend will include:

- Visits to local farms to help frame problems and opportunities
- An afternoon design charrette to share skills and ideas
- Time to socialize and enjoy locally sourced meals

The weekend is intended to serve as the beginnings of future collaborations within the local Providence community and will continue online with other Farm Hack participants nation-wide at www.farmhack.net.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10th
1:00 pm -- Orientation, Q&A (Tap Room, RISD)
Transportation to Farms TBA
2:00-3:30 - Tour Red Planet Farms
4:00-5:30 - Tour City Farm
6:00-8:00 - Wrap-up & Dinner (RISD-location TBA)
8:00 - 10:00 - Social hour (Location TBA)

SUNDAY, MARCH 11th
10:00 am - Workshop (coffee & snacks provided)
12:00 - Working lunch (bag lunches provided)
2:00 - Pinup workshop materials
2:30 - Discuss Projects (Open to the public!)

Hosted by FarmHack & Respond Design at the RISD: 2 College St (more details to follow), Providence, RI.

Contact Tess Brown-Lavoie by e-mail for more information.

NRCS Open House/Information Session

Monday, March 12 | 5:30PM - 7:30PM | Slatersville, RI | directions | website

For Farmers, Woodland Owners, and Agricultural Producers. Funding is available for conservation practices. Come to the open house to learn more.

Hosted by NRCS at the Heritage Hall: 101 Greene Street,, Slatersville, RI.

Contact NRCS at (401) 500-0422 for more information.

Rhode Island Women in Agriculture Conference 2012

Tuesday, March 13 | 8:00AM - 4:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Women are a key component to the development of rural areas and sustainable agriculture. Most female farmers and ranchers in the U.S. are "small farmers," while at the same time involved in a myriad of other farm, family, and business activities. USDA is committed to reaching women and offering support with education, technical assistance, and networking opportunities. Our vision for women in agriculture is to work with USDA's partner organizations to increase the number of women owning/operating profitable farms and ag-related businesses and to augment the number of women in leadership positions throughout the agriculture sector, within government and our communities.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 for a day of information sharing, industry assistance, and resource guidance. The agenda is focused to present women farmers with tips for the trade, strategies for how to make it work, and enlightening stories. For a detailed outline of the schedule for the day click on the "Agenda" button at the top of the page.

Registration fee: $25/person before March 7, $30 after March 7

Hosted by URI at the URI, CBLS Building: Flagg Road Chafee Lot Road (Parking), Kingston, RI.

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

Local Mead and Wine Tasting Event

Wednesday, March 14 | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions

Local honeywine from previous workshop to be served, as well as local wine. Must be 21 to taste.

Hosted by Basement Brewhaus at the Hope Artiste Village, Greenhouse: 1005 Main St, Pawtucket, RI.

Contact Sarah Lester at (401) 312-4250 for more information.

Kids Can Cook!- Green Smoothie and Spinach Artichoke Dip

Saturday, March 17 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Get some greens into your diet and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the same time. We will be working on some tasty treats to get you into the holiday spirit! Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up.

Hosted by Berkshire Co-op Market at the Berkshire Co-op Market: 42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association Annual Meeting & Ag Exhibitor Trade Show

Monday, March 19 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | West Greenwich, RI | directions | website

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Trade Show featuring over 20 vendors
of agricultural products and services
Vendor Form

Light Meal at 5:30 p.m.

Business Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by RIRLA at the West Greenwich Elks Hall: 42 Nooseneck Hill Rd., West Greenwich, RI.

Contact Heidi Quinn at (401) 575-3348 or by e-mail for more information.

Eating with the Ecosystem: Southern New England at Nick's on Broadway

Tuesday, March 20 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Food with flair from Narragansett Bay, Block Island Sound, and beyond

On March 20, join Chef Derek Wagner at Nick's on Broadway on Providence's West Side for a night of creative local seafood fare caught right off our coast in Southern New England waters.

Southern New England's varied ecosystem ranges from the salt marshes and sandy shores of Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound to the deep offshore canyons on the edge of the continental shelf. This area is a mixing ground for cold-water and warm-water species, making it exceptionally diverse. An array of shellfish -- quahogs, oysters, scallops, crabs, and lobsters -- and a plethora of finfish -- striped bass, fluke, and more -- make this one of the tastiest ecosystems around.

Guest scientist Heather Leslie and guest fishermen Chris Brown will bring this ecosystem to life on your plate!

Sourcing: Fresh local seafood will be provided by Wild Rhody Seafood, out of Point Judith RI. Wild Rhody was created in 2011 by two lifelong R.I. fishermen, Steve Arnold and Chris Brown, who were looking to create more predictability and stability for themselves and other fishermen and to lead the way in terms of responsible fishing practices. That search led them to create a direct-to-table seafood company catering to restaurants in RI, MA, and NY, that turns a meal into an interactive event by allowing consumers to use a smart phone or web browser to �find their fish� - bringing a sense of freshness to our product that won�t only be tasted, but can also be trusted. Chris or Steve will present at this dinner to co-narrate the story of the seafood on your plate along with a guest scientist!

Menu: Posted soon.

Time: 6:00 PM
Address: 500 Broadway, Providence 02909
Tickets: $50

To order tickets: Call (401)421-0286

For more info about the Eating with the Ecosystem dinner series, write to sarah@eatingwiththeecosystem.org

Hosted by Eating with the Ecosystem and Nick's on Broadway at the Nick's on Broadway: 500 Broadway, Providence, RI.

Contact Sarah Schumann at (401) 297-6273 for more information.

Welcome Spring with Art at the Market!

Wednesday, March 21 | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions

A fun art contest for youth! Activities for all ages.

Hosted by Local Artist Mike Bryce at the Hope Artiste Village, Greenhouse: 1005 Main St, Pawtucket, RI.

Contact Sarah Lester at (401) 312-4250 for more information.

SEMAP Offers Workshop Series: “So, You Want to Be a Farmer?”

Wednesday, March 21 6:00PM - Saturday, April 28 4:00PM | East Wareham, MA | directions | website

SEMAP offers the “So, You Want to Be a Farmer” series an opportunity for aspiring farmers to learn the essential building blocks of starting a new farm enterprise and to provide information on the network of existing services available. SEMAP received funding for 20 people to attend this 5-session workshop series.

The five-session workshop series is comprised of:
1.) So, You Want to Be a Farmer? The Dirty Truth;
2.) What is a Business Plan and Why You Need One;
3.) The Dollars and Sense of Financing a Small Farm;
4.) News Flash! You Don't Need To Own The Land You Farm;
5.) Farm Tour: What A Real Farm Smells Like.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.semaponline.org

"Funding for this project was provided by the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture."

Hosted by SEMAP at the Umass Extension Cranberry Station: 1 State Bog Road, East Wareham, MA.

Contact Katie Cavanagh at (508) 295-2212 x50 or by e-mail for more information.

Beginning Women Farmer Conference: Exploring Whole Farm Planning

Thursday, March 22 7:30AM - Friday, March 23 4:30PM | Amherst, MA | directions | website

A two day conference for all farmers interested in improved quality of life, profitability, and land health sponsored by Holistic Management International, the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts.
Learn how Whole Farm Planning can help you achieve improved quality of life, profitability, and land health

*Hear about the successes HMI Beginning Women Farmer Program participants have achieved
*Learn from experts in the field about ways to farm successfully whether you are a beginning farmer or have been farming for years.
*Network with other farmers in the Northeast to share tips and learn about farming resources

Registration Fees

You must register in advance. No onsite registrations will be accepted

$120.00 Full Conference Registration, includes all conference sessions, most meals & Beginning Women Farmer Banquet

$70 Day Pass for March 22, 2012 (does not include Banquet)

$70 Day Pass for March 23, 2010 (does not include Banquet)

$25 Beginning Women Farmer Banquet

$40 Childcare per day, per child (ages 2-10)

Hosted by Holistic Management International, USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture, and University of Massachusetts at the UMass Amherst, Lincoln Campus Center: Will be sent with registration, Amherst, MA.

Contact Sandy Langelier at (505) 842-5252 or by e-mail for more information.

Sustainable Food Systems

Thursday, March 22 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Lecture series free and open to the public.

Panel includes:

- Dr. Kathryn Teigen De Master, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Brown University
- Dr. Maia Bailey, Assistant Professor of Biology, Providence College
- Dr. Jeffrey O’Hara, Agricultural Economist, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Dr. Katherine Brown, Executive Director, Southside Community Land Trust

Hosted by Sustainable Communities Initiative at the Clarke Science Building, Room 128, Rhode Island College: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI.

Contact Dante Del Giudice at (401) 456-8428 or by e-mail for more information.

Farms and Food Job Fair

Wednesday, March 28 | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions

More details coming soon!

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI at the Hope Artiste Village, Greenhouse: 1005 Main St, Pawtucket, RI.

Contact Sarah Lester at (401) 312-4250 for more information.

North Kingstown Post High School Planning Night

Wednesday, March 28 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | North Kingstown, RI | directions

Call for more details

Hosted by North Kingstown High School at the North Kingstown High School: 150 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown, RI.

Contact Walter Marshall, NRCS at (401) 822-8816 or by e-mail for more information.

Revive the Roots Wine and Cheese Fundraiser

Saturday, March 31 | 6:30PM - 9:00PM | Smithfield, RI | directions

Revive the Roots is a non-profit farming organization focused on the practice and education of permaculture. Our goals are to promote local industries and to build a sense of community, while at the same time working to achieve food security and environmental stability.

Join us on March 31st to help us raise funds for the upcoming growing season at Mowry Gardens. Enjoy wine samples from Greenvale Vineyards, Newport Vineyards, and cheese from Shy Brothers Farm and Narragansett Creamery. Also, poke around our silent auction and receive updates from Revive the Roots and see what we have in store for this year.

The door fee for this event is $25. You may pay at the door or send cash or checks to our mailing address:

Revive the Roots
337 Log Rd.
Smithfield, RI 02917

If you would like a printed invitation to this event or would like to help in any way, send 'Mowry Gardens' a message or email revivetheroots@gmail.com.

Call Tia with any questions or comments: (401)855-1049.

Thanks! See you there!

Hosted by Revive the Roots at the Smithfield Senior Center: 1 William J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, Smithfield, RI.

Contact Zachary at (401) 451-7106 or by e-mail for more information.