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Events: October 2013

Season Extension and Year-Round Sales

Thursday, October 10 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM | Johnston, RI | directions | website

Co-Hosted by Young Farmer Nights
This workshop will cover our strategies for maintaining a cash flow through the entire year without relying on spring CSA payments. This past season, over half of the food grown on the farm was sold between October and March. This has also helped us to gain a foothold in local markets, as there is much less competition in fall and winter. We will cover variety selection, planting dates, fertility, bulk harvesting methods, storage options, shelf lives, value-added products, crop protection options, and anything else you want to talk about! So please come learn about providing food year-round, because who really wants to take a break over the winter?

A Young Farmer Nights potluck supper will follow the workshop. Please bring food or beverages to share, as well as your dish, cup and flatware. Enjoy your dinner around a bonfire.

Freedom Food Farm is a 10 acre farm in Johnston, RI. We have a flock of 100 laying hens, heritage pigs, and grow all types of veggies with a focus on high value and storage crops. All our products are certified organic, and are marketed through a 40 member CSA, six farmers’ markets, a farm stand, and the Farm Fresh Marketmobile.

Young Farmer Nights (www.facebook.com/groups/youngfarmernight) are bi-weekly social and educational events where young and beginning farmers get together to share ideas, stories and a meal. Each event includes a farm tour, a potluck meal and other host-inspired activities. Join the YFN email list via email to youngfarmernight@gmail.com.

This NOFA/RI Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners. These workshops are free to everyone thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture which seeks to enhance farmers’ ability to grow and market their crops. Registration is not required.

Hosted by NOFA-RI at the Freedom Food Farm: 396 Greenville Avenue, Johnston, RI.

Contact Sanne Kure-Jensen at (401) 369-3303 or by e-mail for more information.

10th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration

Saturday, October 12 10:00AM - Sunday, October 13 4:00PM | Wareham, MA | directions

10th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13
$10 per person, $5 Seniors, Under 7 FREE

Join us for the 10th anniversary of the Cranberry Harvest Celebration! During the weekend guests are able to view the cranberry harvest, taste the tart berries, make their own bog in a cup, talk with growers about everything cranberry and watch live cooking demonstrations featuring the little berry! A variety of children�s activities are offered, live birds of prey demonstrations, over 50 juried artists and crafters, live music, helicopter rides, pony rides, paddle boat rides, climb largest sand hill around and much, much more! Tour buses welcome. Parking Free. No pets. Held rain or shine.

Hosted by A.D Makepeace at the Tihonet Village Farns: 148 Tihonet Rd, Wareham, MA.

Contact Kim Houdlette at (508) 322-4028 for more information.

Pumpkin Fest

Sunday, October 13 | 11:00AM - 4:00PM | So. Attleboro, MA | directions | website

Join us for a day of family fun, as we celebrate all things pumpkin! There will be lots of activities and games, treats for the kids, pumpkin and face painting. And then take a stroll through our Haunted Maze, if you dare!!!

Hosted by Level Acres Farm at the Level Acres Farm: 359 Highland ave., So. Attleboro, MA.

Contact Jessica at (508) 399-8226 or by e-mail for more information.

Harvest Dinner for Freedom Food Farm

Sunday, October 13 | 3:00PM - 8:00PM | Woonsocket, RI | directions

Event Cost: $25
CSA members and childen under 12 free.

Hosted by Freedom Food Farm at the Italian Workingman's Club: 947 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI.

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

Advanced Grower Workshop #1 - Soil Fertility In Focus – Moving Beyond N,P,K – Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Crops

Sunday, October 20 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

This Advanced Grower Workshop is the first of two sessions.

"Soil Fertility In Focus – Moving Beyond N,P,K – Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Crops with Minerals, Microbes, & Management" with Derek Christiansen of Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA

This seminar will explore the nutritional needs of different crop families, key minerals needed to support healthy growth and the role of fertility management in achieving optimum yields.

We’ll examine 5 crops in depth. Covering the basic core fertility needs of each crop, cost and expense considerations, essential management points through their growing seasons and touch on cutting edge information to take your production to the next level. Crops will include:

- Beets (chenopods & roots)
- Onions (alliums & bulbs)
- Spring Cabbage (brassicas & leaves)
- Tomatoes (nightshades & fruits)
- Winter Squash (cucurbits & fruits)

Derek Christianson is the owner and farmer at Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, MA. He has been farming in the Northeast for the past twelve seasons, relocating to the Southcoast from Hawthorne Valley Farm in New York. Brix Bounty Farm, founded in 2008, focuses on investing in natural capital (soils) and human capital (community) to create sources of original wealth for current and future generations. In practice, Brix Bounty Farm aims to produce and promote the production of nutrient dense foods, using sustainable growing methods which focus on improving soil health for long-term agricultural viability. Central to this mission are efforts to improve food security through community projects which increase knowledge and awareness of sustainable production techniques on farms and in backyard and community gardens. Brix Bounty Farm works with local non-profits and community groups to bridge the connection between soil, diet, and health.

Space is limited. Register now for both sessions.

Hosted by NOFA-RI at the Building 75, URI East Farm: East Farm Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Sanne Kure-Jensen at (401) 369-3303 or by e-mail for more information.

Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Saturday, October 26 | 9:00AM - 9:30PM | So. Attleboro, MA | directions | website

Show of your skills and enter our Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Contestants of all ages are welcome, entries may be dropped off throughout the day Saturday Oct. 26th. At sundown the pumpkins are lit for viewing and judging. Prizes for the best and most unique pumpkins will be awarded. We will also have door prizes and treats for the kids. Hope to see you there!!!

Hosted by Level Acres Farm at the Level Acres Farm: 359 Highland ave., So. Attleboro, MA.

Contact Jessica at (508) 399-8226 or by e-mail for more information.

Fall Fest at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Sunday, October 27 11:00AM - Thursday, October 24 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

Calling all witches, wizards, and other Halloween character.Join us for a day of autumnal craft activities, urban agriculture and environmental exhibits! We invite everyone to wear their Halloween costumes to celebrate the season!

ACTIVITIES

Craft stations with materials from backyards, woodlands and gardens!

Storybook corner!

Scavenger Hunt for items placed in the indoor flower beds!

"Dress a Winter Squash” Contest!

ADMISSION:
$5 Adults
$1 Children 12 and under

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI.

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

Winter Growing with Movable Greenhouses

Sunday, October 27 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Tiverton, RI | directions | website

Roots Farm is one of the few farms in Rhode Island with movable greenhouses. Mike and Kelli Roberts will discuss the advantages and uses of movable houses and low tunnels for winter growing. Attendees will learn how to (and help) move two greenhouses that day, weather permitting.

Roots Farm is a certified organic, diversified vegetable farm in Tiverton, RI established by Mike and Kelli Roberts in 2009 with a focus on year-round growing using only the sun for heat. Through the winter, cold-hardy crops are grown in our unheated, moveable greenhouses and low tunnels. In the warmer months, the farm produces a wide range of vegetables, taking advantage of an early start in the greenhouses and low tunnels. This farm produces nutrient dense, tasty crops. Roots Farm is committed to sustainable farming, and never use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

This Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners. These workshops are free to everyone thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture which seeks to enhance farmers’ ability to grow and market their crops. Registration is not required.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Roots Farm: 217 East Road, Tiverton, RI.

Contact Sanne Kure-Jensen at (401) 369-3303 or by e-mail for more information.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Impacts on RI Farms

Tuesday, October 29 | 6:30PM - 9:00AM | Warwick, RI | directions | website

Co-Sponsored by Farm Fresh RI, URI Extension, New England Farmers Union and USDA Farm Service Agency.

A panel of experienced farmers and business leaders will explain how the proposed FSMA’s Produce and Preventive Control Rules will affect their farms.

RI farmers, processors, handlers and distributors will face increased costs and documentation requirements under FSMA rules. Higher food prices and increased scarcity of fresh local foods are likely as small family farms are forced out of business under FSMA’s potential burdens.

Unless we help reduce the burdens.

Farmers, producers and consumers need to educate themselves on FSMA issues and to send comments to the USDA before the rules become final. Please help make the new rules manageable, not burdensome, for RI’s family farmers.

Comment Rules
Several national organizations have sent major e-blasts asking readers to fill out their enclosed proxy or send in their standard letter. The organizations gather the replies and “hand deliver” them to FDA personally. The FSMA Comment rules say all proxies delivered to FDA will ONLY COUNT AS ONE COMMENT (even if there are thousands). The same goes for petitions or other standardized replies. The rules are clear, only individualized comments will be counted.

EVERY VOICE is important on this important issue. Many small farmers assume they are “exempt” but may not be. The proposed FSMA is not science-based, but has the authority to greatly impact how farmers’ farm and eaters’ abilities to make localized food choices.

Panelists:
• Dr. Richard Bonanno, farmer and President of Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Pleasant Valley Gardens, Methuen, MA.
• Jack Kittredge, organic farmer, NOFA/Mass Policy Director and Editor of “The Natural Farmer.”
• Skip Paul, organic farmer and educator, Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton, RI. .
• Roger Noonan, organic farmer and President of New England Farmers Union, New Boston, NH.

Learn more about FSMA at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s website sustainableagriculture.net/fsma or www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/food-safety-modernization-act. For an overview of the issues, see or see farmtalkfsma.org.

The FDA is accepting comments on its proposed regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) until November 15, 2013. Learn how to send in your comments at sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/speak-out-today.
Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP via email to nofari@live.com.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the USDA Building: 60 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI.

Contact Sanne Kure-Jensen at (401) 369-3303 or by e-mail for more information.