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Events: September 2013

West Warwick Farmers Market Health Fair

Thursday, September 5 | 3:00PM - 6:00PM | West Warwick, RI | directions

The following services will be available outdoors, without an appointment:

· Blood pressure screening

· Blood sugar screening

· BMI calculations

· Smoking cessation

· Reiki

We are also proud to have the following organizations’ participation:

· Department of Health


· Westbay Community Action Project

· The Gloria Gemma Hope Bus

· Child Outreach

· EcoRI News

· SNAP outreach

This is all in addition to the usual 3 farm vendors, and musician Greane. If you get the chance to stop by, this will be an exciting event to see!

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and Thundermist Health Center at the Thundermist Health Center: 186 Providence St, West Warwick, RI.

Contact Angela Mellon at (401) 615-2800 x2888 or by e-mail for more information.

Conversation with Michael Shuman

Sunday, September 8 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Brown University's Swearer Center for Public Service, The TRI-Lab at Brown & The Rhode Island Food Policy Council invite you to a public conversation with: Michael Shuman

Director of Research, Cutting Edge Capital
Director of Research & Economic Development, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Author of several books including: Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity

Michael will discuss the ways a robust local food system can help fuel economic development in Rhode Island and will be available for a book signing after the conversation.

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author and entrepreneur, and one of the world�s leading experts on community economics. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books on the subject. His most recent book is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition, received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. Michael is also a co-founder and research director with Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps communities and businesses solve financing challenges. Shuman holds an AB in Economics and International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Hosted by Brown University's Swearer Center for Public Service, The TRI-Lab at Brown & The Rhode Island Food Policy Council at the Brown University, Salomon 001: 69 Waterman Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Leo Pollock by e-mail for more information.

Bog Jog 5K Trail Run/Walk

Saturday, September 14 | 9:00AM - 9:00AM | Wareham, MA | directions

Bog Jog 5K Trail Run/Walk
Saturday, September 14 (rain or shine)
Race starts at 9 a.m.
Advance Registration $25, Day of $35, Children (4-10) $5
Veggie Stampede $15, Non-runner feast fee $20

Travel through wooded trails, break in and out of the dense forest into the crimson bog area and then back into the tree-covered trail! Walk, jog or run this unique course to benefit Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP). A Veggie Stampede is also offered for children ages 4-9. Prices are awarded in several categories and a local feast prepared by Rosa Galeno will follow the race.

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.

Using Low Tunnels for Season Extension & Pipe Bender Demonstration

Tuesday, September 17 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Middletown, RI | directions | website

Low tunnels are a simple, cost effective method for extending the growing season. Spring plantings can be started earlier, harvests can be extended past early frosts and tender plantings can be overwintered safely under low tunnels. Lightweight, rain-permeable low tunnels offer pest protection.

Participants will learn how pipe benders can create hoops in various sizes for a different farm applications. Pipe and cover material and anchoring options will be discussed as well as harvesting access. Hosts will show their small high tunnel built with pipe benders and discuss the challenges and successes of its construction.

NOFA/RI has a full set of pipe benders available for loan to members and rental to non-members. Learn more here.

compost sifter
compost sifter
Island Community Farms will also demonstrate their human-powered compost sifter.

Sustainable Aquidneck is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 to foster sustainable practices and enterprises on Aquidneck Island. Island Community Farms, a project of Sustainable Aquidneck is located on 8.3 acres of farmland leased from the Aquidneck Land Trust, and includes a community garden, food forest, children’s garden and heirloom garden as well as micro-farm plots available for lease by organic growers.

Garman Organic Farm is family-owned and operated, specializing in growing heirloom vegetables and small fruits on approximately two acres at Island Community Farm.

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 Island Community Farms & Garman Organic Farm: Elizabeth Lane, Middletown, RI.

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

Forest-grown Floral Greens and Crafts

Saturday, September 21 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Tiverton, RI | directions

Event is free but space is limited so please pre register!

Hosted by Agroforestry Workshop Series at the Clark's Christmas Tree Farm: 4191 Main Road, Tiverton, RI.

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

Hog Wild Hawaiian Style

Saturday, September 21 | 6:00PM - 10:00PM | Brookfield, NH | directions

Call the Farm to Reserve tickets for pig roast and live music.

Hosted by Tumbledown Farm at the Tumbledown Farm: 295 Wentworth Rd., Brookfield, NH.

Contact Sarah Ashley at (603) 522-8633 for more information.

The Good Earth Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 28 | 10:00AM - 4:00PM | Hope, RI | directions | website

Join us in celebrating the fruits of our harvest at The Good Earth Organic Gardening Center! Browse handmade creations by local artists and artisans, enjoy free demonstrations, listen to live music, and enjoy freshly prepared food. We will have a stunning array of seasonal plants and a sale on all perennials!

* Explore the grounds of The Good Earth with mushroom forager, Ryan Bouchard, who will teach you about identifying and collecting local mushrooms.
* Enjoy organic Good Earth vegetables on wood-fired pizza by The Gilded Tomato!
* Learn how to build a cold frame to extend your growing season into the fall and winter.
* Shop for artwork, clothing, jewelry, and handcrafted furniture from local artists and craftspeople.

ON-SITE SCREEN PRINTING! Bring a t-shirt, tote bag, or clothing item and get it printed by a local artist with a Good Earth Harvest Festival design!

For more information and a schedule of events, visit:

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.