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Events: May 2014

Casey Farm's Annual Spring Seedling Sale

Saturday, May 10 | 9:00AM - 3:00PM | Saunderstown, RI | directions

Spring Seedling Sale
Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Start your culinary garden this spring with Rhode Island certified organic vegetable, fruit and herb seedlings featured at Casey Farm's sale. Other items for sale include Vermont maple syrup, coffee and fresh bakery items. Tours of the museum and grounds as well as children's activities make this a fun event for the whole family. Historic New England members receive a 10% discount on all seedlings. Please call 401-295-1030 for more information.

Hosted by Casey Farm - Historic New England at the Casey Farm: 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, RI.

Contact Ashley Coerdt at (401) 295-1030 for more information.

URI East Farm Spring Festival

Saturday, May 10 | 9:00AM - 2:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

About the Festival

The 13th annual URI East Farm Spring Festival is a fundraiser organized and hosted by the URI Outreach Center & the URI Master Gardeners. The event, started in 2002 by a group of URI Master Gardeners who volunteered at the farm, has grown into the biggest public showcase for URI drawing close to 3,000 visitors to the 79-acre research facility. The festival's main goal is to educate the public on sound environmental practices through workshops and informational exhibits.

Festival Highlights
URI Master Gardener grown annuals, perennials, vegetables & herbs for sale
*** Tip-bring a wagon or cart ***

Educational tent showcasing URI Research & Outreach programs, environmental exhibitors & non-profits

Family tent hosting educational activities, crafts and animal encounters from URI Peckham Farm

Information & family activities in the URI Fisheries Building

Free pH soil testing provided by URI Master Gardeners
*** Bring 1 cup of soil ***

South Kingstown Farmers Market

Donate blood with the RI Blood Center!

Live music, food & raffle

Free Workshops & Demonstrations

More information to come, but stay connected to URI East Farm Spring Festival updates by joining the conversation on Facebook or following us on Twitter!

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI East Farm: Rt 108, Kingston, RI.

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

Container Gardening Workshops I & II

Saturday, May 17 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM | Waltham, MA | directions | website

SPECIAL: Discounts for registering for both workshops!
Fee assistance available for low-income participants, please contact Alex at

Container Gardening I: 9:00am-11:00am
Join Dede, Container Gardener extraordinaire and WFCF member to learn how to grow vegetables using reclaimed containers to create an (sub)urban oasis. In Container Gardening I, learn the basics of Container Gardening, and participants will assemble one small container garden to take home with them. WFCF Members $30/Non-Members $40

Container Gardening II: 11:30am-1:00pm
Come Back for Container Gardening II, where you'll learn how to have more fun with your container garden & increase yield. Topics discussed may include: what does it mean to have a "green thumb," theme gardens, vertical gardening, companion planting, and more! WFCF Members $12/Non-Members $15

Register at:

Hosted by Waltham Fields Community Farm at the Waltham Fields Community Farm: 240 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA.

Contact Alexandra Lennon-Simon at (781) 899-2403 x2 or by e-mail for more information.

Fermentation 101 workshop & fermented dinner

Monday, May 19 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Jamaica Plain, MA | directions | website

On May 19, Boston Ferments is teaming up with Aurum Restaurant in Jamaica Plain for a night of fermentation! The night will include
· fermented dinner via Aurum & paired fermented drinks via Katalyst Kombuch & Green River Ambrosia
· lecture on the history & ‘culture’ of fermentation by local fermenting enthusiast Jeremy Ogusky
· hands-on fermentation demonstration
All participants will finish the workshop with a healthy belly full of fermented foods as well as the knowledge & confidence to begin fermenting in their kitchen, and a jar full of fermenting kraut. The facebook RSVP is at and folks can buy tickets online at

Hosted by Boston Ferments at the Aurum Restaurant: 377a Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA.

Contact Jeremy Ogusky at (248) 219-8779 or by e-mail for more information.

Raising Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats as Part of a Sustainable Farm System

Thursday, May 22 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Rehoboth, MA | directions | website

SEMAP's 2014 Twilight Grower Education Series
Workshop 1:
Raising Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats as Part of a Sustainable Farm System
Thursday, May 22nd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Rosasharn Farm
57 County St.
Rehoboth, MA 02769

SEMAP's 2014 Twilight Grower Education Series kicks off in Rehoboth at Rosasharn Farm on May 22nd for a workshop led by Nigerian dwarf dairy goat breeder, Anne Petersen.

Event Description:
Anne breeds Nigerian dwarf dairy goats for show as well as for milk for her own consumption, and also breeds heritage hogs (American guinea hogs and large blacks) for sale to restaurants and as part of Rosasharn's CSA. Anne will discuss the characteristics and basics of raising Nigerian dwarf dairy goats, with a focus on how she uses her livestock to create a healthier, more sustainable farm system at Rosasharn.
This workshop will be a wonderful learning experience for anyone interested in starting or expanding a pasture-based small livestock operation, or anyone interested in learning more about breeding and caring for Nigerian dwarf dairy goats.
Visit the Rosasharn Farm website ( to learn more about Anne's goats, pigs, and products.

Event Details:

Farm tour, discussion and Q&A 6:00pm - 7:30pm; potluck and networking to follow! Bring a dish/salad/snack to share and please bring your own utensils!

Fee to Attend:

$5.00 for Beginning Farmers

$15.00 SEMAP Members

(Not a member? Sign up here for discounts on SEMAP events!)

Others: $20.00 non-SEMAP Members

Hosted by SEMAP at the Rosasharn Farm: 57 County St., Rehoboth, MA.

Contact Kristen Irvin at (336) 509-0044 or by e-mail for more information.

URI Master Composter Training

Saturday, May 31 8:00AM - Saturday, June 14 3:30PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

The URI Master Composter Program trains volunteers to compost and to become advocates for composting and recycling within their local community and around the state. To earn the title 'URI Master Composter,' participants must complete both days of training and a volunteer commitment of at least 30 hours.
Lecture Topics
This two-day training will be a combination of lectures and field trips throughout Rhode Island.
Compost fundamentals
Science of composting
Waste & resource management in RI

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI Pharmacy Building: 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI 02881, Kingston, RI.

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