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Events: August 2013

Forest-Grown Medicinal Herbs

Thursday, August 1 | 5:00PM - 7:30PM | Providence, RI | directions

Free but space is limited to 20 people, please pre-register to riagroforestry@gmail.com

Hosted by Agroforestry Workshop Series at the Farmacy Herbs, Providence: 28 Cemetery St, Providence, RI.

Contact RIRC&D; NRCS at (401) 500-0399 or by e-mail for more information.

Summer Shindig: Fundraiser for FFRI's Open Kitchen Project

Thursday, August 1 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions | website

Help grow RI’s small food producers. Ticket proceeds benefit the Farm Fresh RI Open Kitchen Project.

As a hub and incubator, Farm Fresh RI is a non-profit organization focused on growing a local food system that builds a healthier community and brings small, local businesses together.

The Summer Shindig will be an evening event on August 1, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. The benefit will be held at The Met in Hope Artiste Village and will include live music, cocktail samples and savory snacks from RI’s best local food producers, including Dave's All Natural Coffee Syrup. There will also be a cash bar.

Tickets are $20 each and all proceeds will benefit the Farm Fresh RI Open Kitchen Project that helps Rhode Island food producers and entrepreneurs. For more information call 401-322-0006.

Hosted by Dave's Coffee at the The MET: 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

Contact Brandi Gerrish at (401) 322-0006 or by e-mail for more information.

Confreda Greenhouses & Farms Hosts First Ever Field to Table Event

Sunday, August 4 | 6:30PM - 9:00PM | Hope (Western Cranston), RI | directions | website

Confreda Greenhouses & Farms proudly announces our first-ever Field to Table dining experience. This is a fantastic opportunity for food aficionados to experience fresh-from-the-field taste and enjoy just-picked Confreda produce in a four-course meal prepared by Chef Brian Kingsford of Bacaro Restaurant in Providence. The Field to Table Dinner will occur on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

Beginning with a private farm tour, attendees will enjoy an evening filled with the delicious flavors and beautiful scenery of the farm. The Field to Table event will have an air of rustic elegance, with attendees enjoying their meal surrounded by our scenic farmland, on harvest-style tables with Confreda's produce and plants forming the decor. Casual attire is recommended (ladies, this is a farm and there will be dust--we urge closed-toe shoes). There is a rain date of September 15, 2013.

Chef Brian of Bacaro, a city restaurant famous for artisanal cuisine that incorporates fresh ingredients from local farms, has developed a menu that will tantalize the taste buds. Popular farm favorites such as Confreda’s Mirae Corn make an appearance in a delicious corn fritter with spicy aioli. The Field to Table Dining Experience will also include wines paired with each course. Wines will be provided by M.S. Walker Wines.

This unique, exclusive evening is the first of its kind in the area, and it is limited to 50 guests for a truly intimate experience. Tickets are $100.00 each and are non-refundable. They are available at Confreda Greenhouses & Farms. Due to the popularity of this event, we are projecting it to sell out, so please plan accordingly for your ticket purchases.

For more information, go to Confreda’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConfredaFarms and look under Events. Confreda Greenhouses & Farms is located at 2150 Scituate Avenue, Hope (Western Cranston), RI 02831. Check out our website, http://confredas.com/2013/07/confredas-presentsour-field-table-event/, for more information.

Hosted by Confreda Greenhouses & Farms at the Confreda Greenhouses & Farms: 2150 Scituate Avenue, Hope (Western Cranston), RI.

Contact Ray Aubin at (401) 827-5000 or by e-mail for more information.

Farmers Market

Wednesday, August 7 2:00PM - Wednesday, November 27 6:00PM | Wareham, MA | directions

Join us on Wednesday between 2 and 6 p.m. for our new Farmers� Market!

Farmers offer the freshest local produce, and specialty food products including flavored olive oils, savory jellies, gluten-free baked goods, soups, cheese, and so much more.

Here�s what�s coming up at the market this week!

Engelnook Farm: Eggs, jelly (hot pepper, orange marmalade), applesauce, honey butter.

Al�s Backwoods Berries: Homemade jams and jellies.

Cervelli Farm: Strawberries, corn plants, herbs, squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkins, apples, peaches, potatoes, cut flowers etc.

Omega Olive Oil: Olive oils and vinegars.

Great Cape Baking: Donuts, breads, tea cakes, assorted bakery goods,

Foxboro Cheese: Cheese, Foxboro cheese, Smith�s Country Cheese, Mozzarella House, Grass Fed beef and veal.

Herb-in-Fusion: Savory herb jellies, pepper jellies, vanilla extract kit, dried herbs, birdhouse gourds and gourd art, mulling spices, dried peppers.

Plymouth Gluten Free Baked Goods: Gluten free baked goods, some organic & non GMO breads, muffins, cookies, cakes, scones and pies.

Wicked Good Soups: Homemade soups.

Bobby Mac�s Mobile Sharpening: Sharpening service of kitchen cutlery and tools. Sales of kitchen cutlery and tools.

Wicked Good Kettle Corn: GMO-free kettle corn.

Makepeace Greenhouse & Nursery: Annuals, perennials, herbs, plants.

Hosted by A.D Makepeace at the Tihonet Village Farns: 146 Tihonet Rd, Wareham, MA.

Contact Karen Makepeace at (508) 322-4028 for more information.

Green Market Festival

Sunday, August 11 | 10:00AM - 5:00PM | South Kingstown, RI | directions | website

Celebrate the Best of Rhode Island’s Green Traditions. The Festival will showcase the best of Rhode Island’s green traditions! Interactive exhibits. Get hoisted up a tree or ride in a bucket truck. Learn to install backyard native plant habitat or clean and plant native seeds. Play golf on a putting green. Visit horticultural and agricultural vendors. View demonstration and educational exhibits for every age. Enjoy food, music and activities all day. Ample parking. Admission: $10 adults / $5 for ages 12 to 18 / under 12 FREE / $25 for a family of 4 or more. Sponsored by Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association (RINLA).

View the 2013 Green Market Festival poster at http://rinla.org/resources/pdf/GMF2013%20card.jpg. Learn how to become a vendor, demonstrator or educational participant at http://rinla.org/resources/pdf/2013%20Green%20Market%20Festival%20Registration%20Form.pdf.

Hosted by RINLA at the The Farmer’s Daughter & Landscape Creations of RI: 715 & 716 Mooresfield Road (Rte. 138), South Kingstown, RI.

Contact Shannon Brawley at (401) 874-5220 or by e-mail for more information.

Herb Production & Herbal Preparations

Tuesday, August 13 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Rain date: August 13, 5:30 p.m.
Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery Street, Providence, RI
Mary Blue will introduce participants to herbal medicine, terminology and herbal formulation. She will also cover the uses of 10 local medicinal plants and discuss the process of taking these herbs from their raw form and producing a medicinal product.

Farmacy is an urban community health and herbal education center. This urban site features teaching gardens, an herb store as well as a health and education center. Farmacy’s 5-acre farm in West Greenwich supplies the production kitchen where apprentices, work traders and volunteers make herbal products. Herbal products and bulk herbs are sold at local stores and farmers markets.

Farmacy offers education programs focused on herbal information, nutritional healing and organic farming practices. Farmacy offers holistic-based information, referrals and resources to anyone who wants to support their health with herbs. Farmacy works to offer accessible community health care and wellness through environmental awareness and holistic practices.

NOFA/RI's Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshops share 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 Farmacy Herbs: 28 Cemetery Street, Providence, RI.

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

What’s Your Favorite Tomato?

Tuesday, August 20 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Cranston, RI | directions | website

Rain date: August 25
Blue Skys Farm, 35 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI 02921
Learn about and taste the results of the farm’s 2013 Tomato Trials. The Trials were conducted in with URI Extension as part of a grant funded by SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education). Christina Dedora and Blue Skys Farm raised over 100 tomato plants in high tunnel (unheated hoop house). Yield, soil analysis and tissue culture were monitored. The delicious tomatoes were sold at farmers markets beginning at end of June.

Christina has made a career of growing flowers, herbs and vegetables. Blue Skys Farm rents 2 acres of farmland owned and protected by RI’s DEM and managed by Southside Community Land (SCLT). Six other farmers collaboratively manage the 50-acre property. Blue Skys Farm sells at farmers markets, via a Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Farm Fresh RI’s Market Mobile.

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 Blue Skys Farm: 35 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI.

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

Maple Syrup Production

Thursday, August 22 | 5:00PM - 7:30PM | North Scituate, RI | directions

Free but space is limited so please register by phone or email.

Hosted by Agroforestry Workshop Series at the North Scituate Community House: 546 W. Greenville Rd. Rt. 116, North Scituate, RI.

Contact RIRC&D; NRCS at (401) 500-0399 or by e-mail for more information.

agricultural fair

Saturday, August 24 | 10:00AM - 1:00PM | Norfolk, CT | directions

Best-of-garden contest, replete with blue and red ribbons in a variety of categories for both professional and amateur producers. Free to all comers. Contact Lisa for more details.

Hosted by Norfolk Farmers Market at the Norfolk Farmers Market: 19 Maple Avenue, Norfolk, CT.

Contact Lisa Auclair at (860) 542-5044 for more information.

Bluegrass in Tihonet Village

Saturday, August 24 | 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Wareham, MA | directions

Bluegrass in Tihonet Village
Saturday, August 24 (rain or shine)
Music 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Open Picking Session 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sit back on the lawn and listen to the sweet sounds of bluegrass! Local bands will be performing throughout the day including Crab Grass, Changing Strings and Four Bridges. Food will be available onsite, and don’t miss your chance listen to the tunes while cruising around Tihonet Pond in a duck or swan paddle boat! Advance tickets $8, $10 at the door, under 7 free. Additional fees apply for some activities. NEW this year – Open Picking Session from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Contact Leah Foote at (508) 322-4028 for more information.

Seed Saving and Selling

Tuesday, August 27 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Cranston, RI | directions | website

Co-Hosted by Young Farmer Nights
Learn about Katie Miller’s new seed company, Small State Seeds launched in early 2013. Katie Miller and Ben Torpey will demonstrate their growing practices at Scratch Farm and share their seed harvesting and processing techniques. Miller will discuss the success of her new seed company.

A Young Farmer Night’s 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.

Scratch Farm is a worker-owned, two-acre farm near Providence, RI. One of seven independent farms on a 35-acre property managed with the Southside Community Land Trust, Scratch Farm grows over 100 varieties of sustainably-grown vegetables and fruits each year. Produce is available through CSA shares and to Providence restaurants through the Little City Growers Cooperative.

Young Farmer Nights (YFN) 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. Learn more, join the email list or host an event, email youngfarmernight@gmail.com.

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 Scratch Farm and Small State Seeds: 35 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI.

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