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Events: April 2013

Farm-Based April Vacation Program

Tuesday, April 16 9:30AM - Friday, April 19 12:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions | website

The Soule Homestead Education Center is now accepting registrations for their Farm-Based April Vacation Week program for children ages 5 � 10. The program features outside exploration of the natural environment on a 120 acre working organic farm. Guided by a professional staff, the hands-on interactive environmental program is designed not only to spark a child�s interest of our natural world, but to also to have fun while building self-confidence and develop social skills.

Children will hike, try their hand at organic gardening, create nature inspired arts and crafts, and exercise mind and body with interactive games. Each spring day offers a different adventure as animals and birds arrive at the farm to build their new homes and plants �spring� alive with the longer days and warmer temperatures.

Each day has a specific theme with related activities. Tuesday April 16th, Snakes in the Wild, Wednesday April 17th, Frogs and Toads, Thursday April 18th, Awesome Turtles, Friday April 19th, Leapin� Lizards.

Sign your child up for a day or multiple days. You do not have to be a member to participate. Per day price: $13 member, $15 non-member. 4 day week price: $50 member, $58 non-member. Pre-registration and payment is required by Friday, April 12th by calling the Education Director, Laurie Amberman at 508-947-6744. Registration forms and more detailed program information are available on-line at Soule Homestead is an educational non-profit specializing in farm-based education located at 46 Soule St. Middleboro, MA 02346. �

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

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

Aquaponic Systems & Mushroom Cultivation

Saturday, April 20 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions | website

Rain date: April 21, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Learn about the successes of this urban farm and how it became part of the Pawtucket community. The farm tour will include three geodesic dome greenhouses. Emily Jodka and Bleu Grijalva will discuss their aquaponic system, the nitrogen cycle and the relationship between the fish and plants. The tour will continue to the Mushroom Room, an outdoor shelter for mushroom production. Attendees will learn about Shiitake mushroom production in oak logs. Emily and Bleu will offer cultivation tips and demonstrate space saving techniques.

Since the spring of 2010, New Urban Farm has operated adjacent to Galego Court, a public housing unit for families. Residents help grow at the one-acre farm; adult and youth programs run all season. The farm has three geodesic dome greenhouses, aqauponic system, raised beds, a fruit orchard and a Mushroom Room. The farm team also grows in Seekonk, MA and Warren, RI on over 20 total acres.

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

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the New Urban Farm: Galego Court, 483 Weeden Street, Pawtucket, RI.

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

Celebrate the Earth

Sunday, April 21 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM | So.Attleboro, MA | directions | website

All weekend, we are celebrating with 20% off all organic products.

"Grow your own" veggie and herb packages
Take your Earth Day pledge and add to our Earth Day tree
Composting, organic gardening and recycling tips
Sunday, April 21st, 12-3 PM:

Planting station for the children
Earth Day themed snacks
Coloring projects
A hands on watershed model, showing the effects of pollution on the town's water supply
And much more...

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.

The Fresh Egg Cookbook Author Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, April 25 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM | Barrington, RI | directions | website

Have you been thinking of raising your own backyard chickens? Do you hunger to cook with fresh eggs? Are you curious about what it takes to write and publish a cookbook? Jennifer Trainer Thompson will answer these questions and more! Copies of her two most recent books, The Fresh Egg Cookbook and Hot Sauce! will be available for sale and signing. Free and open to all.

Hosted by Barrington Public Library at the Barrington Public Library: 281 County Road, Barrington, RI.

Contact Jessica D'Avanza at (401) 247-1920 x312 or by e-mail for more information.

Composting, Vermiculture & Compost Tea

Saturday, April 27 | 9:00AM - 12:30PM | Warwick, RI | directions | website

Reinhard Sidor will lead a hands-on demonstration of hot composting, worm composting (Vermiculture) and making actively aerated compost tea for foliar and soil application. Reinhard will explain the benefits of making and using your own compost from yard and kitchen waste. Compost can be used in container gardening, food and ornamental gardens as mulch and fertilizer, to improve soil quality. Compost increases plant vitality, disease resistance and can reduce pest damage. Use of shredded oak leaves as a landscape mulch will be shown. Also discussed will be the mulching of oak leaves into the lawn rather than composting or bagging them.

The program will be held on a residential property which generates over 10 cubic yards of compost each year instead of sending away 300 leaf bags. Compost piles in various stages will be seen, including hot compost piles.

The program is limited to 15 attendees, plus 2 volunteers. Scholarships are available for the 2 volunteers who will visit the site the previous Saturday to help set up a hot compost pile and gain a more intense composting experience. (Apply for scholarships here.) Participants should dress to build and turn compost piles and spread finished compost. The program will happen in sun to light rain with no rain date.

If you bring an empty 1-gallon container you can bring home a a gallon of compost tea. Workshop fee is $40. Register via email. For questions, call Sanne Kure-Jensen at (401) 369-3303.

Reinhard Sidor has a doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences from Harvard, and formerly maintained a 25-acre wine grape vineyard. He has experience with small fruits, vegetable gardening, and landscape maintenance Reinhard has completed the NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional program and is a URI Master Gardener and Master Composter.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Warwick: Warwick, Warwick, RI.

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


Saturday, April 27 | 1:00PM - 4:30PM | Warwick, RI | directions

“FED UP!” Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives

Winner! Best of Festival Award; Documentary Berkeley Video & Film Festival Finalist for Environmental Media Award - Documentary - Feature

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.

After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves. This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.

The discussion will be led by Liberty Goodwin, Director,
Toxics Information Project (TIP),
assisted by Brown Environmental Justice
Service Learning Intern Michelle Hernandez

Hosted by RI Food Concerns Group of Toxics Information Project (TIP) at the Warwick Public Library: 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI.

Contact Liberty Goodwin at (401) 351-9193 or by e-mail for more information.