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Events: January 2014

The Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference

Saturday, January 18 | 8:00AM - 3:30PM | East Hartford, CT | directions | website

EAST HARTFORD - The average age of food producers in Connecticut is 57 while the demand for locally produced, organic foods is on the rise. Now more than ever, the state of Connecticut must draw beginning farmers, provide learning opportunities and support new farms. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) has developed a multi-faceted beginning farmer support program, and is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT on January 18, 2014 for farmers and perspective farmers.

CT NOFA's annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference provides information about agricultural practices, marketing, planning and management for those who are establishing a new form or are transitioning to organic production. Attendees have access to valuable support and resources as well as a unique opportunity to interact with knowledgeable experts and established farmers, and they can connect to other beginning farmers from their area. The 2014 lineup includes presentations from Patrick Horan of Waldingfield Farm, Marjorie Glover of Happy Family Farm, Kip Kolesinskas from the American Farmland Trust, Kathy Ruhf the Executive Director of Land For Good, Eero Ruuttila a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist for UCONN Cooperative Extension, Mark Rutkowski of Urban Oaks Farm, Erin Pirro of Farm Credit East, and CT NOFA Board Member Debra Sloane of Sloane Farm. The topics that will be covered include why it is important to get certified organic, legal nuts and bolts for beginning farmers, cash flow budgeting, soil fertility, access to quality land, season extension, different farm models, and what resources are available to beginning organic farmers.

The 2014 conference will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 8:00am to 3:30pm at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. Lunch will be provided, as well as opportunities for attendees to network with one another. A limited number of scholarships are available to beginning farmers with less than 10 years of farming experience who would otherwise have difficulty attending. Registration for the conference is $40 for CT NOFA Members and students, and $50 for Non-Members. To register, apply for a scholarship or for more information, visit and click on Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference, or call the CT NOFA office at 203.308.2584.

Hosted by CT NOFA at the Goodwin College: 211 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT.

Contact Stephanie Berluti at (203) 308-2584 or by e-mail for more information.

Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Campaign Kick-off Meeting

Wednesday, January 22 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Every year, 2 million people contract antibiotic resistant infections. I think that is 2 million too many. Unless we rein in the rampant use of antibiotics on factory farms, the medicines we rely on won’t work when we really need them. We have a chance to protect our antibiotics and public health starting here in Providence – and we need your help.

Join us on Wednesday, January 22nd in Providence to find out more about our new local campaign as part of a nationwide effort to rein in factory farms.

Right now, 80% of antibiotics in the US are used on factory farms, primarily to make animals grow faster and to compensate for filthy conditions. This is not how our antibiotics should be used. Low doses of drugs only kill some of the bacteria, leaving behind the stronger bugs, and when humans get sick, these antibiotics may no longer work to make us better.

I want to live in a world where life-saving medications will be there when my family members get sick, but factory farms are playing by their own set of rules and putting the rest of us in danger. That’s why we're launching a nationwide effort right here in Providence, to pass local resolutions showing Congress and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse that the people want action to ban the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. And we need your help! RSVP here to join the campaign to make factory farms stop abusing our antibiotics:

Hosted by Food and Water Watch at the West Broadway Neighborhood Association: 1560 Westminster Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Gus Fuguitt at (608) 354-2036 or by e-mail for more information.

Co-Greene Seed Exchange Kick -Off

Thursday, January 23 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM | Coventry, RI | directions

Coventry and Greene Public Libraries are starting the CO-Greene Seed Exchange, a seed lending library. Come and learn about the importance of seed saving and register as a seed saver and take home free seeds.Our program launch is Thursday Jan. 23 at 7pm , snow date Jan. 30 . The program will be held at the Coventry Town Hall council chambers.

Hosted by Coventry/Greene Oublic Libraries at the Coventry Town Hall: 1162 Flat River Roafd, Coventry, RI.

Contact Gail Mitchell-Slezak at (401) 397-3873 or by e-mail for more information.

Local 121 Real Swell Feed

Sunday, January 26 | 4:00PM - 8:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Local 121 in Providence will host "A Real Swell Feed". Utilizing Farm Fresh Rhode Island's distribution services, the event will benefit Amos House and Crossroads Rhode Island, both Providence-based organizations which provide meals for the needy.

The three-course dinner will feature a carving station and sides and desserts served family style. Guests will be asked to make a donation in lieu of paying a check. Envelopes will be provided on each table so that donations may be made privately. Patrons will be asked to pay the restaurant only for beverages they order. The event's live entertainment will be provided by the Extraordinary Rendition Band.

All the money raised at A Real Swell Feed will go to Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a not-for-profit organization that delivers local farmers' food to restaurants and food pantries across the state. With that donation, Amos House and Crossroads Rhode Island will be able to order local, healthy foods directly through Farm Fresh's Market Mobile distribution service, at no cost to their organizations.

During the Great Depression, the restaurant at the Dreyfus Hotel, where Local 121 is located now, held what the newspaper called at the time a "swell feed" for the needy members of the Providence community. The meals served at these annual events were of the same culinary quality that upscale dining room patrons were served. As many as 1,400 hungry Rhode Islanders would attend, endearing the hotel and restaurant owners to the local community.

"In the spirit of community, I wanted to create a unique event that would evoke that same spirit of neighbors helping neighbors," said Nancy Miller.

Reservations for A Real Swell Feed are a must. Please call Local 121 to make a reservation today.

Hosted by Local 121 at the Local 121: 121 Washington St, Providence, RI.

Contact Local 121 at (401) 274-2121 or by e-mail for more information.

Benefit Night at Flatbread for Farm Fresh RI!

Tuesday, January 28 | 5:00PM - 9:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Come to the new Providence location of Flatbread Company to enjoy their delicious wood oven baked pizzas! A portion of the proceeds from tonights sales will benefit Farm Fresh Rhode Island.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI at the Flatbread Company: 161 Cushing St, Providence, RI.

Contact Kayla Ringelheim at (401) 312-4250 or by e-mail for more information.