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Events: March 2013

Fertility Management in the Bio-Extensive Market Garden

Sunday, March 3 | 1:00PM - 4:00PM | South Kingstown, RI | directions | website

David Fisher of Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA will discuss soil building and cropping cycles over a two-year period. David will orient his virtual field tour around his five-part fertility program, which includes extensive cover cropping, compost application, soil testing and a customized mineral-based fertilizer blend, pre-plant fertilization and foliar crop feeding. David will also discuss seed innoculants, side-dressing and drenches for transplanting. Participants will learn about weed management techniques and using draft horses for fieldwork.

David Fisher has relied on workhorses to power Natural Roots Farm since 1997. With his wife, Anna Maclay, and their two children, David raises 3.5 acres of produce for 220 CSA shareholders and another 3.5 acres of soil-building crops. He has modeled many of his farm systems on the work of Anne and Eric Nordell. David focuses on weed control, biological fertility and intensive cover cropping. He manages 15 acres of hay and pastureland to feed his working herd. David uses horses for low-impact logging during winter months.

This workshop is offered at a moderate cost thanks to a generous grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management Division of Agriculture. This workshop offers a sliding scale fee from $10 to $20. Registration is recommended.

Hosted by NOFA-RI at the URI East Farm: 2095 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, RI.

Contact Dan Lawton at (401) 523-2653 or by e-mail for more information.

Hands-on Food Preservation Workshop, March 7th and 14th

Thursday, March 7 | 5:30PM - 8:30PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

The growing popularity of vegetable gardening and buying locally grown produce has sparked an increase in home food preservation, such as canning, freezing, and drying. While some home food preservation techniques are more difficult than others, it is most important to know how to preserve food safely.

Nicole Richard, Cooperative Extension Food Safety Specialist with the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and Sejal Lanterman, Cooperative Extension Educator, at the University of Rhode Island, will present a two session hands-on workshop on Thursdays, March 7th and 14th, from 5:30-8:30 pm. The first session will include an overview of safe canning methods and a hands-on activity using hot water bath canning. The second session will include a review of freezing and drying techniques for high quality and safety and a hands-on activity demonstrating the pressure canner. Both sessions will be held in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences Foods Lab located in Ranger Hall room #107 on the URI Kingston campus. Directions and building location can be found at www.uri.edu/home/visitors/Map/.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. There is a $50 registration fee that includes a copy of the Ball Blue Book: Guide to Preserving, supplies for the hands-on food preservation activities, and a light dinner. There must be a confirmed preregistration minimum of 8 participants for the workshop to be held and the maximum occupancy is 12 participants. Contact Nicole Richard at nicolerichard@uri.edu or 401-874-2977 for information. To preregister send a check with the registration form, which can be found at http://web.uri.edu/foodsafety. Preregistration must be received by February 20th and is non-refundable.

Hosted by University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston campus: Ranger Hall, room #107, Kingston, RI.

Contact Nicole Richard at (401) 874-2977 or by e-mail for more information.

Kids Can Cook: April Fool’s Day Trick Recipe

Saturday, March 16 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Great Barrington, MA | directions | website

Join us for this extra fun April Fool’s Day version of Kids Can Cook. You need to sign up in order to find out the secret trick recipe will be making. Please specify if you have any allergies as we are happy to accommodate. You may do a double take after you bite into this recipe but it is guaranteed to be delicious! For more information or to sign up call 413.528.9697 ext.10

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

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 or by e-mail for more information.

DIY KIDS: Natural Egg Dying

Saturday, March 16 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions | website

Its fun and easy to use food, flowers and leaves to make your own naturally dyed and designed holiday eggs. Participants will experiment with these materials throughout the workshop and will be able to take home their decorated eggs. Please wear appropriate clothing for this workshop as it may get messy! For more info. or to sign up call 413.528.9697 ext.10

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

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 or by e-mail for more information.

Greenhouse & Seed Starting

Sunday, March 17 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM | South Providence, RI | directions | website

Learn seed starting with Rich Pederson, City Farm grower since 2003. He and a City Farm Apprentice, High School and College interns as well as volunteers seed, transplant and care for around 20,000 plants for Southside Community Land Trust’s Annual Plant Sale each May. City Farm is a 3/4-acre Biointensive Urban Farm in Providence that models sustainable growing practices for all levels of growers.

Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is free.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the City Farm: Corner of Dudley Street & West Clifford Street, South Providence, RI.

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

Why and How to Grow Organically: Bed Prep, Planting and an Organic Overview

Monday, March 25 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM | Westerly, RI | directions | website

Rain Date: March 27 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Learn why organic growing techniques matter with Max and Ulrike Hence. The workshop will cover planting bed preparation, seeding, transplanting and an overview of organic practices.

Hillandale Farm and several nearby farms are in a partnership with the AYERS Foundation which works to connect people to fresh, local foods. Living classrooms practice and teach children about sustainable agriculture, holistic nutrition and healthy living.

Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is free.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Hillandale Farm: 6a Haversham Road, Westerly, RI.

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