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Events: April 2014

Greenhouse Opens

Wednesday, April 2 9:00AM - Sunday, June 8 4:00PM | Milford, CT | directions

Our greenhouse will open for the summer 2014 season on April 2 a. Visit us for annuals, perennials, and vegetable starts.

Hosted by River Crest Farm at the River Crest Farm: 534 Oronoque Road, Milford, CT.

Contact Andrew Macri at (203) 876-9786 or by e-mail for more information.

Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Town Hall Forum

Thursday, April 3 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Come join us for an evening of food, education and empowerment and show your support for Food & Water Watch’s Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Campaign! Learn more about the issue of antibiotic resistant bacteria from guest speakers and experts, and enjoy some great food! This event is free and open to the public.

For too long, Big Ag has gotten away with prioritizing profit over public health. We need our senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, to be a public health champion and hold a senate committee hearing on the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act, which would end the overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, and safeguard their effectiveness in treating you and your loved ones.

Guest speakers at the Forum will address the issue of antibiotic resistant bacteria and explain what can and must be done to counter this growing threat. The panel will conclude with a question and answer period and information on how you can get involved in this important campaign.

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This event is co-sponsored by Food and Water Watch, First Unitarian Social Justice Ministry, Rhode Island Sierra Club, NOFA-RI, Rogue Island and Viva Mexico

Hosted by Food & Water Watch at the First Unitarian Society of Providence: 1 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI.

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

Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

Saturday, April 5 | 9:00AM - 4:30PM | Manchester, VT | directions | website

The Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium has become a hallmark event for gardeners in the Northeast. The symposium draws hundreds of attendees from around the Northeast and beyond. The eleventh annual symposium returns to the world-class Equinox Resort ( in Manchester, VT on April 4 & 5, 2014. NEW for 2014 is a special Garden Design Workshop on Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. This workshop is in addition to the symposium.

The symposium features six dynamic lectures, gourmet food, terrific handouts, door prizes, the Gardeners Marketplace and more. Special discounts for Master Gardeners as well as group discounts. Come one, come all! The symposium is for gardeners of all ages and abilities.

Featured speakers include David Culp and Tom Christopher.

For all speakers, topics and registration details visit

Hosted by Perennially Yours at the Equinox Resort: 3567 Main Street, Manchester, VT.

Contact Kerry Ann Mendez at (207) 502-7228 or by e-mail for more information.

Simple Indoor Mushroom Cultivation

Saturday, April 5 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM | Hadley, MA | directions | website

Easy to replicate techniques to grow mushrooms at home are discussed, demonstrated and participants will be able to do one! We will talk about preparing, inoculating, and fruiting on straw in different containers. Also covered will be a simple growing technique on toilet paper rolls and phone books, and how to utilize the mushrooms you buy to make more! Cost $20

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Hosted by Fungi Ally at the Fungi Ally Farm: 123 Bay Rd, Hadley, MA.

Contact Willie Crosby at (978) 844-1811 or by e-mail for more information.

Roots Down Organic Gardening Workshop Series

Saturday, April 12 | 9:00AM - 10:30AM | Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Join us for one or all 5 workshops focusing on Helping Your Garden Grow.

Free (rsvp's by email are appreciated)

Complete information available on our website

4/12, 4/26*, 5/10, 6/14/, 7/19*

*presented by Nicki Anderson
all other workshops presented by Derek Christianson

4/12 - Garden Real Estate 101 - Plant Spacing & Succession Planting

4/26 - Beginning Gardening & Composting

5/10 - Direct Seeding & Transplanting Tips

6/14 - Top Notch Tomatoes

7/19 - Reusing Garden Space - Second Planting Season

Hosted by Brix Bounty Farm at the Helfand Community Gardens: 318 Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Derek Christianson at (508) 992-1868 or by e-mail for more information.

Fairy Garden Days & Festival

Friday, April 18 11:00AM - Sunday, April 27 2:00PM | Providence, RH | directions | website

Join us April vacation week for a magical journey in the warmth of the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center to find the hidden fairy gardens.

Leave the door open to your imagination and come and be a part of this whimsical experience. We want to spark the imagination in the young and the old.

Sunday, April 27th, 11-2 will be the Fairy Garden Days Festival.
Make a Fairy House, Scavenger Hunt & Story Time! Fun for the whole family! Come dressed as Fairy Folk!!

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RH.

Contact Mamie Chen at (401) 874-2900 or by e-mail for more information.

School and Community Garden 101

Monday, April 21 | 9:00AM - 2:00PM | Narrangansett, RI | directions | website

School and community gardens are becoming increasingly popular in Rhode Island, and to support this exciting (and crucial) development, the URI Outreach Center is offering a new workshop, School & Community Gardens 101!

This full day of workshops is designed to help folks start, manage and maintain a variety of gardens in school and community settings. Targeted for formal and informal educators, parents, community leaders, and novice and experienced gardeners interested in helping kids and communities grow, the program will share the knowledge and expertise of Cooperative Extension educators from URI and UConn in an engaging classroom setting.

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI Bay Campus: 215 South Ferry Road, Narrangansett, RI.

Contact Mamie Chen at (401) 874-2900 or by e-mail for more information.

Food Preservation Hands-On Workshop

Wednesday, April 23 5:30PM - Wednesday, April 30 8:30PM | Kingston, RI | directions

Food Preservation Basics Workshop
The growing popularity of vegetable gardening and buying locally grown produce has sparked an increase in home canning and other food preservation efforts. While some home food preservation techniques are more difficult than others, it is most important to know how to preserve food safely.

Nicole Richard, Cooperative Extension Food Safety Specialist with the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and Sejal Lanterman, Cooperative Extension Educator, at the University of Rhode Island, will present a two session “hands-on” workshop on Wednesdays, April 23rd and 30th, from 5:30-8:30 pm. The first session will include an overview of safe canning methods and a hands-on activity using hot water bath canning. The second session will include a review of freezing and drying techniques for high quality and safety and a hands-on activity demonstrating the pressure canner. Both sessions will be held in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences Foods Lab located in Ranger Hall room #107 on the URI Kingston campus. Directions and building location can be found at

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. There is a $60 registration fee that includes a copy of the Ball Blue Book: Guide to Preserving, supplies for the “hands-on” food preservation activities, and a light dinner. There must be a confirmed preregistration minimum of 8 participants for the workshop to be held and the maximum occupancy is 16 participants. Contact Nicole Richard at or 401-874-2977 for more information or questions.

TO PREREGISTER: First email Preregistration is first come first serve. Your name will be added to the registration list. Then you will be asked to send a non-refundable check with the registration form below. This must be received by April 11th. Others will be placed on a waiting list.

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the The University Of Rhode Island: 3 East Alumni, Kingston, RI.

Contact Nicole Richard at (401) 874-2977 or by e-mail for more information.

Smart fruit tree management & pruning to prevent disease

Thursday, April 24 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | North Scituate, RI | directions | website

Rain date: May 1, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Learn the principles of fruit tree pruning with an emphasis on pruning peach trees. Sandie Barden of Barden Family Orchard will discuss basic pruning theory and the techniques that have worked in the family�s orchard for decades. She will demonstrate using her favorite tools and offer safety tips. Sandie will discuss fruit tree management and disease prevention and demonstrate pruning various types of fruit crops.

Barden Family Orchard grows 15 varieties of peaches, 20 varieties of apples, blueberries and raspberries. This 3-generation, Pick Your Own orchard also has a farm market. The Barden�s also grow and sell pumpkins, winter squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini and eggplant.

Everyone is welcome. This workshop is free thanks to a generous Specialty Crop grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture. Please dress for the weather.

Hosted by NOFA-RI at the Barden Family Orchard: 56 Elmdale Rd, North Scituate, RI.

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

Free Screening of GROWING CITIES

Friday, April 25 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A Film about Urban Farming in America

Come experience the only viewing available in RI! This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

A new documentary that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

Hosted by Brown's Center for Environmental Studies at the Brown University: 89 Waterman Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Dawn King by e-mail for more information.

Hands-on Practical Composting Workshop

Saturday, April 26 | 9:00AM - 12:30PM | Warwick, RI | directions | website

Learn how to create valuable compost from leaves and yard debris and keep this valuable material out of the landfill! The following topics will covered through lecture and hand-on participation:
-Principles of hot composting to produce compost in 1-2 months
-Pros and cons of traditional cold pile composting
-Producing and harvesting "leaf molds"
-Role of soil microorganisms in composting and soil fertility vis a vis the soil food web
-Vermiculture, backyard food waste composters and worm factories
-Compost tea application on soil and plant foliage
-Blending compost-based soils for containers and raised beds
-Compost application to lawns and as mulch to gardens

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the Reinhard Sidor's house: 77 D'Agnillo Dr., Warwick, RI.

Contact Mamie Chen at (401) 874-2900 or by e-mail for more information.

Gardening with Fungi

Saturday, April 26 | 3:00PM - 6:00PM | Belchertown, MA | directions | website

The best of both worlds, the plants and fungi come together to create one great workshop! Hackerfarm01007 will host this workshop that will focus on how to utilize fungi in the garden. We will discuss the different roles fungi play in the garden and how best to establish and maintain fungal communities of edible mushrooms. The workshop will focus on implementing particular pairings of plants and fungi. Cost $30

To register visit

Hosted by Fungi Ally at the Hackerfarm01007: 141 Franklin st, Belchertown, MA.

Contact Willie Crosby at (978) 844-1811 or by e-mail for more information.