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Events: May 2013

One-Day Workshop on Bionutrient Rich Crop Production

Saturday, May 4 | 9:30AM - 4:30PM | Cold Spring, NY | directions | website

The Bionutrient Food Association (BFA; www.bionutrient.org), a tax exempt charitable organization, whose mission is, “Increasing Quality in the Food Supply.” will be conducting a One-Day Workshop on Bionutrient Rich Crop Production at The Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY, on Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:30am - 4:30pm, with a Brown Bag Lunch from 12:30pm - 1:30pm (http://www.bionutrient.org/workshops).

The fee is $75.00 per person. There is scholarship money available to Farmers and they must contact the Course Administrator for more information: gary@bionutrient.org. There is a 22-person maximum for this One-Day Workshop at The Glynwood. The deadline for registration is Monday, April 29, 2013.

For a video outline, in multiple 2 - 4 minute video clips, of the Workshop topics, please visit the Bionutrient Food Association Channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BionutrientFoodAssoc

For other videos, please visit: http://www.bionutrient.org/library/videos

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Hosted by Bionutrient Food Association at the The Glynwood: 362 Glynwood Rd, Cold Spring, NY.

Contact Gary Neves at (774) 573-6804 or by e-mail for more information.

Free Documentary Screening

Tuesday, May 7 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

One Nation. Underfed. A place @ the table

Hosted by Rhode Island Community Food Bank at the Columbus Theater: 270 Broadway, Providence, RI.

Contact RI Community Food Bank at (401) 942-6325 for more information.

The Good Earth Garden Party

Saturday, May 11 | 10:00AM - 5:00PM | Hope, RI | directions | website

Celebrate spring at Rhode Island’s only certified organic gardening center! The Good Earth has a wide range of vegetable starts, annuals, perennials, tropicals, herbs and all of your organic gardening needs. While gathering gardening supplies, enjoy free demonstrations on seed starting, garden design, and preparing wild foods. Meet local artists and browse a stunning array of artwork, clothing, jewelry, and handmade gifts. Sample fresh, local food and shop for certified organic produce!

There will be a range of musical performances including bluegrass from The Rank Strangers. Julians Restaurant will be serving freshly made food and RiverzEdge Arts Project will have exciting activities for kids. There will also be on-site screen printing! Bring a t-shirt, tote bag, or clothing item and get it screen printed with a Good Earth Garden Party design. There is free parking and free admission, so bring the whole family to kick-off the growing season at The Good Earth!

Now accepting SNAP! Spend EBT benefits on edible plants, herbs, certified organic produce, and select items in our gift shop. For event updates and a schedule of events, visit www.GoodEarthRI.com

Free Gardening Demonstrations:

11:00 AM-1:00 PM Sunny Natives: A Garden Primer

Join garden designers Tysh McGrail & Graham Gardener for a morning workshop detailing the transformation of a hot, dry, & nutrient deficient space into a sunny garden the birds and pollinators will adore!
We’ll outline suitable native plants for Rhode Island’s moderate climate and the secrets to making a garden sustainable and a treat to behold.
Come back in the afternoon and enjoy witnessing the installation. Want to get your hands dirty with delightfully rich organic soils? Grab a spade and dig in! All ages welcome.

2:00 PM Seed Starting

Learn the basics of starting plants from seeds. We will show you tips and tricks to transform your small seeds into strong seedlings!

3:00 PM Container Planting

Don't have access to raised beds or a garden space? Learn how to cultivate a variety of different plants in containers. We will teach you about container sizes, plant arrangements, and how to best feed and care for your container plants. A great gardening method for city dwellers!

Hosted by The Good Earth at the The Good Earth Organic Gardening Center: 1800 Scituate Ave., Hope, RI.

Contact Molly at (401) 826-3130 or by e-mail for more information.

Microgreens & Energy Conservation

Thursday, May 16 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Exeter, RI | directions | website

Learn how this farm grows micro-greens, baby greens and mushrooms. Learn about growing wheatgrass for people and pets. Lauri Roberts will share her ongoing efforts to conserve energy.

Farming Turtles produces certified organic crops year-round. Learn about their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Certification by the American Institute of Baking (AIB), the preeminent organization for auditing food safety.

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 Farming Turtles: 174 South Road, Exeter, RI.

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

Plantapalooza- Plant Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, May 18 | 8:00AM - 2:00PM | North Grafton, MA | directions | website

Looking for a fun way to ring in the growing season? What better place to get your plants than Community Harvest Project's upcoming annual Plantapalooza event! Saturday, May 18th will be an exciting day of activity at the farm as we open up the barn for our annual open house and plant sale fundraiser. The event will run from 8am to 2pm with garden-themed raffle prize drawings run throughout the day. Food will be available if you’d like to grab a bite to eat before heading inside to collect a box of delicious cookies from our Cookie Walk! Don’t forget to spot by the CHP tent to chat with volunteers about all of our CHP programs and learn about our mission of providing fresh produce for hunger relief in Worcester County.

Our plants are provided by local florist and long-time CHP friend Denise from Sweetbriar Perennials, who brings a wide array of annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, and herbs to choose from, not to mention the much sought after heirloom tomato plants!

Be sure to come early to receive free tomato plants- grown in our very own facilities, they are available for the first thousand people who attend the event! Plus, there’s nothing better than being surrounded by local artisans selling their crafts and community members all coming together for a great cause. We can’t wait to see you there!

Hosted by Community Harvest Project at the Brigham Hill Community Barn: 37 Wheeler Rd, North Grafton, MA.

Contact Marie at (413) 364-8702 or by e-mail for more information.

Operation Stand Down Clam Bake

Saturday, May 18 | 2:00PM - 8:00PM | North Smithfield, RI | directions

Operation Stand Down Clam Bake - Fresh caught lobster, local littleneck clams and mussels courtesy of American Mussel Harvesters, Baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and for dessert apple crisp with house made ice cream.

Event cost $20.00 kids under 12 free
There will be a raffle of prizes at the event all the proceeds go to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island

Hosted by Operation Stand Down Rhode Island at the Tickers: 45 Cedar Swamp Rd, North Smithfield, RI.

Contact Sherry Elderkin at (401) 383-4730 or by e-mail for more information.

3rd Annual Wine and Cheese Fundraiser

Saturday, May 18 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Smithfiled, RI | directions

Come join us at our 3rd Annual Fundraiser Event!

We welcome you to learn about our current projects and impact on the community while enjoying live music, and a host of local wines, beers, and cheeses.

There will also be a silent auction featuring some amazing items from local businesses such as a ‘Taste of the Town’ gift basket, which includes gift certificates to the best local eateries.

$20 per Person

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

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

Conservation Workshop

Thursday, May 23 4:00PM - Tuesday, May 28 7:00PM | Tiverton, RI | directions | website

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) offers technical and financial assistance for conservation practices! Join us to learn how NRCS can work for you and your land! Assistance is available for forest management, grazing plans, irrigation, high tunnels, pollinator habitat creation and more! Please call to register.

Hosted by Eastern RI Conservation District at the Sandywoods Farm: 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI.

Contact Jessica Blackledge at (401) 816-5667 or by e-mail for more information.

Young Farmer Night

Thursday, May 23 | 6:00PM - 8:30PM | Woodstock, CT | directions | website

Join us for a Young Farmer Night farm tour and potluck hosted by Devon Point Farm in Woodstock, CT!

Devon Point Farm is a 93-acre, family-run farm located in Woodstock, Connecticut, and is owned by Erick & Patty Taylor. They have a 200+ member all-natural vegetable & flower CSA farm share program. They also specialize in rare, heritage and endangered American Milking Devon Cattle for both breed stock and grassfed beef, and they raise all-natural pork and chicken. During the summer they also run a Farm Camp for children to promote farming education and to teach children where their food comes from. In the Fall, the farm features a pumpkin patch and hayrides.

Please bring a potluck dish to share, as well as your own plate/fork. Contact us for carpool info!

Hosted by Young Farmer Nights at the Devon Point Farm: 54 Joy Rd, Woodstock, CT.

Contact Becca Buckler at (401) 451-4110 or by e-mail for more information.

MYSTERY, MISINFORMATION & MISCHIEF MAKERS AT THE MARKET:

Saturday, May 25 | 1:00PM - 4:30PM | Providence, RI | directions

“GENETIC ROULETTE: The Gamble of Our Lives" A production of the Institute for Responsible Technology

Are you and your family
on the wrong side of a bet?

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.

HEALTHY NON-GMO SNACKS SERVED.
DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW,
This discussion will be led by Liberty Goodwin, Director, Toxics Information Project (TIP) and Amanda Freitas, Interim Policy Coordinator, Northeast Organic Farmers Assoc. (NOFA-RI)
ALSO, PLAY OUR FUN LABELING GAME,
UNMASKING INGREDIENT MYSTERIES!,

Hosted by RI Food Concerns Group of Toxics Information Project (TIP) at the Rochambeau Public Library: 708 Hope Street, Providence, RI.

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

Massachusetts Fibershed SPIN - IN

Sunday, May 26 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM | Cummington, MA | directions | website

First Annual SPIN - IN. Hosted by Massachusetts Fibershed. Meeting near the 'Sheep to Shawl' contest. Bring your spinning wheels and spindles and fiber and spin a yarn with us.

Hosted by Massachusetts Fibershed at the Mass Sheep Fair: Fairgrounds Rd, Cummington, MA.

Contact Lisa Westervelt at (413) 634-5723 or by e-mail for more information.