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Events: June 2012

Annual Shearing Day / Heritage Festival

Saturday, June 2 | 11:00AM - 5:00PM | North Grafton, MA | directions

Angel Hair Alpacas and The Willard Clock Museum are coordinating efforts to host a delightful and informative family event.

Angel Hair Alpacas will have it's annual alpaca shearing and invites the public to share this unique experience. One of the top shearers in the country will be on hand to shear and explain about shearing and fiber production. Come experience these docile and beautiful animals. Farm tours are available. Our farm store will be open to purchase raw fleece for spinners or crafts. We also feature natural yarns produced from our alpacas as well as clothing and products produced from alpaca fleece.

The Willard Clock Museum is the historic home of the nation's reknowned family of clockmakers. Located around the corner from the alpaca farm, the museum will host their annual heritage festival on their beautiful grounds. Featured will be tours of the museum and demonstrations of early American crafts such as weaving arts, blacksmithing and tin making.

Both events are free. There is a small admission charge to tour the museum. Food will be available for purchase at the Willard Museum.

Hosted by Angel Hair Alpacas and The Willard Clock Museum at the Angel Hair Alpacas and the Willard Clock Museum: 66 Wesson Road, North Grafton, MA.

Contact Maureen Agley at (508) 410-9186 or by e-mail for more information.

HOT BOXES

Sunday, June 3 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions

'Weather' your boxes are sunny or shady, we will demonstrate with this season's thrillers, spillers and chillers so YOU can create fabulous, fashionable window boxes!

$29 a workshop OR sign up for 3 and savor the value of $25 each!

Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Rd, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Karla at (401) 339-7460 or by e-mail for more information.

DIY Kids- Planting

Friday, June 8 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Join DIY Kids and learn how to plant! Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up

Hosted by Berkshire Coop Market at the Berkshire Coop Market: 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.

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

WILD THANG, YOU MAKE MY HEART SING

Sunday, June 10 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions

Come learn how to make everything goovy with our tropical temptations for YOUR outdoor living enjoyment. Can YOU feel the beat?!

$29 a workshop OR sign up for 3 and savor the value of $25 each!

Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Rd, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Karla at (401) 339-7460 or by e-mail for more information.

Young Farmer's Night at Nordland Farm

Tuesday, June 12 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM | Foster, RI | directions | website

The idea behind the Young Farmer Nights (YFN) is to build a community of young farmers, farm interns, and folks interested in food/farming in the southern New England area. We see each other at conferences and events, but rarely spend time together or see the amazing work we are all doing. YFN are a way for us all to get to see and learn from one another and get off our own farms for an evening. The model for each event (which move around to different farms in the area) is: to eat dinner together (usually potluck style), have a farm related activity (e.g.tour the fields or give a presentation on something that works well on your farm), and hang out (e.g. bonfire or play cards).

Hosted by Young Farmers at the Nordland Farm: 50 South Killingly Road, Foster, RI.

Contact Norland Farm at (401) 397-7404 or by e-mail for more information.

HERITAGE BROWNELL ROSE SEMINAR AND LUNCHEON

Wednesday, June 13 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions

This SPECIAL Little Compton heritage rose is grafted and grown at Young Family Farm. Join up for a lobster roll lunch and learn the history of these special local roses from our Little Compton resident Dorrie Brownell Nichols!

$29 a workshop OR sign up for 3 and savor the value of $25 each!

Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Rd, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Karla at (401) 339-7460 or by e-mail for more information.

Summer Fun on the Farm

Friday, June 15 9:30AM - Friday, August 31 12:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions

Outside activities, games, crafts, and storybooks are the highlights for children that participate in the eight week Summer Fun on the Farm vacation program that begins on July 10th. Enrollment is open all month long for parents looking to sign-up their children for a unique summer experience as they explore the 120 acre organic farm looking, listening and discovering nature at the 120 acre organic farm. A different theme is planned for each day and all programs are designed to be interactive and hands-on. Weekly programs will run Tuesday through Friday in July and Monday through Friday during August (daily program hours: 9:30am to 12noon). Per day price: $13 member, $15 non-member; 4-day week: $52 member, $60 non-member; 5-day week $65 member, $75 non-member.

Soule Homestead is an educational non-profit located at 46 Soule Street in Middleboro. Pre-registration is required for all programs and events, unless otherwise indicated. Children’s Programs: for more information or to register, please call Laurie Amberman at 508-947-6744 or email: educator@soulehomestead.org or visit the website: www.soulehomestead.org

Hosted by Soule Homestead Education Center at the Soule Homestead: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA.

Contact Frank Albani at (508) 947-6744 or by e-mail for more information.

2nd Annual Father's Day Tractor Show

Sunday, June 17 | 10:00AM - 5:00PM | Hardwick, MA | directions | website

Join us for our 2nd Annual Father's Day Tractor Show
Free Fun for the Whole Family
A great assortment of tractor models, all tractors can participate!

Live Music, local vendors, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
Local Beer and much more

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.

John Stanley - Perishable Retailing Workshop

Monday, June 18 | 5:30PM - 8:30PM | Matunuck, RI | directions

After dinner we’ll put into practice what we’ve learned next door at
Clark Farms, Matunuck Garden Center, Route 1, South Kingstown

**Free - but please pre-register with me at hhf@uri.edu.

John Stanley is a coach, consultant, author, speaker and trainer.
He has been described as the ‘Retail Guru’ and as the leading
horticultural consultant in the world today. His skills are directly
affiliated with perishable retailing: food, plants, flowers and
animals, anything that cannot be put on a shelf and ignored!
His knowledge can be applied equally to all fields of retailing.

Hosted by RI Nursery and Landscape Assoc & RI Fruit Growers Assoc at the South Kingstown Land Trust's Barn: 17 Matunuck Beach Rd., Matunuck, RI.

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

Tie Dye at Solstice

Saturday, June 23 | 12:00PM - 4:30PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Have some old socks or a shirt you want to update? Stop by our table at solstice and we will help you transform that drab article of clothing into a brightly colored addition to your dresser.

Hosted by Berkshire Coop Market at the Berkshire Coop Market: 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.

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

Summer Farm Camps

Monday, June 25 9:00AM - Friday, July 20 3:00PM | Sunderland, MA | directions

SUMMER FARM CAMPS will take place June 25-29, July 9 - 13 and July 16 – 20, from 9 am to 3 pm.
FARM CAMP Little Brook Farm in Sunderland, will be offering three weeks of farm camp this year. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture and livestock. There will be lots of hands on experience with goats, sheep, llamas, donkeys, horses, chickens and ducks. The goal for each week will be to provide kids with the opportunity to learn how to safely handle animals and to foster respect for the animals that we care for. Kids will develop a better understanding of where their meat, milk, eggs and fiber come from and what “sustainable agriculture” means. And of course, everyone will have FUN with all the baby animals and both indoor and outdoor activities. Camp is limited to children ages 6 - 13 and space is very limited. For more information please contact Kristen Whittle at 413-665-3802. Or email her at Kristen@LittleBrookFarm.com

Hosted by Little Brook Farm at the Little Brook Farm: 334 Russell st, Sunderland, MA.

Contact Kristen Whittle at (413) 665-3802 or by e-mail for more information.

Organic Vegetable Production in Fields and High Tunnels Workshop

Monday, June 25 | 5:30PM - 8:30PM | Little Compton, RI | directions

$20/person - includes dinner, $30 if RSVP after June 19
Featured Presenters to Include:

Skip Paul: Wishing Stone Farm – Little Compton, RI, “Field and high tunnel organic vegetable production”
Heather Faubert: URI “Vegetable pest scouting”

This event is part of a three-year USDA/Northeast SARE Research and Education Project entitled Cover Cropping Strategies for Year-Round Weed Control on Mixed Vegetable Farms in Southern
New England led by University of Rhode Island Professor, Dr. Rebecca Brown.

1 hour of pesticide credit available

Hosted by URI Cooperative Extension at the Wishing Stone Farm - note - not main farm: 60 Brownell Rd., Little Compton, RI.

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

Young Farmer's Night at Roshasharn Solstice Party

Tuesday, June 26 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM | Rehoboth, MA | directions | website

The idea behind the Young Farmer Nights (YFN) is to build a community of young farmers, farm interns, and folks interested in food/farming in the southern New England area. We see each other at conferences and events, but rarely spend time together or see the amazing work we are all doing. YFN are a way for us all to get to see and learn from one another and get off our own farms for an evening. The model for each event (which move around to different farms in the area) is: to eat dinner together (usually potluck style), have a farm related activity (e.g.tour the fields or give a presentation on something that works well on your farm), and hang out (e.g. bonfire or play cards).

Hosted by Young Farmers at the Rosasharn Farm: 57 County Street, Rehoboth, MA.

Contact Rosasharn Farm at (508) 252-5247 or by e-mail for more information.

Out to Lunch Concert Series

Friday, June 29 11:00AM - Friday, August 31 2:00PM | Worcester, MA | directions

Every Friday of the summer, 11-2PM, come enjoy a free, live concert, buy fresh produce from our farmers market, and other products from our food vendors and local artists and crafters.

Everything from the bands to the sellers were sourced in Worcester, so come enjoy a local community event on its 4th year running, now with an extended schedule and an improved band line up.

Hosted by Cultural Development Office for the City of Worcester at the Worcester Common (behind City Hall): 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA.

Contact Patrick Conlon at (508) 799-1400 x244 or by e-mail for more information.

Kids Can Cook! Fondue

Saturday, June 30 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

In honor of the melting pot our country has come to be, let’s celebrate America’s birthday by making fondue. We will be making some simple fondue dips and prepping fruits, vegetables and breads for this quick and healthy snack. Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up

Hosted by Berkshire Coop Market at the Berkshire Coop Market: 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.

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