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Events: May 2015

Oyster Mushroom Workshop

Saturday, May 9 | 10:00AM - 1:00PM | Amherst, MA | directions

Join Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally for this hands on workshop getting to know the diverse genus of oyster mushrooms. We will explore the wide range of substrates this mushroom grows on while admiring the many colors and shapes it embodies. For more information and to register visit fungially.com

Hosted by Fungi Ally at the Fungi Ally Farm: 125 Montague rd, Amherst, MA.

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

Plantapalooza

Saturday, May 16 | 7:30AM - 1:00PM | North Grafton, MA | directions | website

On Saturday, May 16th, 2014, 7:30am - 1:00pm, Community Harvest Project will host Plantapalooza, their annual plant sale fundraiser, at the Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Road in North Grafton. Whether you are looking for that rare heirloom tomato plant, or the right annual for your garden, the wide selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, and herbs is sure to please. Free tomato plants are given to the first 1,000 attendees! Be sure to visit the Cookie Walk of yummy locally made cookies, various offerings from talented local crafters, and the food tent. This event is made possible by sponsors: Polar Beverages, Sweetbriar Perennials, Worcester Garden Club, and Worcester Restaurant Group. All proceeds support Community Harvest Project's operations, providing funds to grow fruits and vegetables for hunger relief, improving access to healthy foods in our community.
More information on the event can be found at www.community-harvest.org/plantapalooza.

Hosted by Community Harvest Project at the Community Harvest Project: 37 Wheeler Rd, North Grafton, MA.

Contact Marie Boyd at (413) 364-8702 or by e-mail for more information.

NOFA/RI CRAFT Workshop - Start your growing season strong

Monday, May 18 11:30PM - Tuesday, May 19 12:00PM | Exeter, RI | directions | website

Co-hosted by NOFA/RI and Young Farmer Night

Season extension means much more than a long fall season. Learn to develop a crop plan for abundant produce offerings for June CSAs and farmers markets. At Little River Farm, Camille Abdel-Nabi and Bob Payne use high and low tunnels to start spring and summer crops early, giving them a distinct advantage at farmers markets.

Little River Farm sells through a 40-member CSA and at two farmers markets: Newport’s Aquidneck Grower’s Market and East Greenwich Farmer’s Market. Bob and Camille bring their produce and herbs to the Market Garden Festival at Wilcox Park in Westerly, RI (May 17). The farm also sells wholesale to restaurants and food cooperatives.

Founded in 2013, Littler River Farm is a 3-acre vegetable farm using organic and sustainable practices to grow a wide variety of greens, vegetables and herbs. Bob and Camille’s favorites are arugula, mesclun greens, root vegetables, heirloom tomatoes and peppers. Season extension tools allow the couple to harvest and sell vegetables throughout the winter. Bob and Camille mentor young farmers by offering an apprenticeship each season.

This free workshop will be co-hosted by the Young Farmer Network (YFN). Registration is not required. A potluck supper will follow the workshop and farm tour. If you wish to stay for the potluck supper, please bring something to share, a plate and flatware. See the 2015 YFN event schedule at http://youngfarmernetwork.org/events.

Hosted by NOFA/RI & Young Farmer Nights at the Little River Farm: William Reynolds Road, Exeter, RI.

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

Native Pollinator Habitat in Urban Areas

Thursday, May 21 | 11:30PM - 12:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Native pollinator habitats are important to healthy ecosystems. Without the birds, bats, bees and other pollinators we count on to fertilize our plants, we’d all go hungry. Join us as we install a native pollinator habitat at SCLT’s first and largest community garden, Somerset Community Garden, which we’ve just updated with new plots and new irrigation. You’ll learn which native plants you can plant in your own yard – everything from milkweed to blueberries – and help us to plant out SCLT’s garden. Bring a pair of work gloves and a shovel if you wish. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free for SCLT members, $5 for non-members and open to all ages. Come rain or shine!

Hosted by Southside COmmunity Land Trust at the Somerset Community Garden: 113 Linden St., Providence, RI.

Contact Jenny Boone at (401) 273-9419 or by e-mail for more information.

Grow Your Own Meadow

Thursday, May 28 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Whately, MA | directions | website

Interested in establishing a meadow or caring for an existing one? Join Kathy Connolly to discuss what a meadow is, the role of native species in a meadow, meadow ecology basics, and steps you can take right now to get started. After the lecture, you can purchase books and native seedlings grown especially for this event by the Society’s Nasami Farm Nursery.

Fee: $26 (New England Wild Flower Society Member) / $32 (Nonmember)
Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD CEU: 2 AOLCP

Hosted by New England Wild Flower Society At Nasami Farm at the Nasami Farm Nursery: 128 North Street, Whately, MA.

Contact Lana Reed at (508) 877-7630 x3303 or by e-mail for more information.

Urban Foraging for Medicinals and Edibles with Jessyloo Rodrigues of Parcel Apothecary

Sunday, May 31 | 11:00AM - 12:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Have you ever spent time pulling weeds and thought, I know some of these are edible, medicinal even, but I just don’t know which ones? SCLT is hosting local farming herbalist, Jessyloo Rodrigues, to clarify which garden weeds you can eat, and which you can use to nourish and heal yourself and your family. Join us for a guided tour as we forage our way through the urban farms on the South Side of Providence. You’ll learn about (and taste) a handful of common weeds that grow in your own backyard! With this knowledge, weeding your garden will become a chance to harvest the wild flavors the earth has sown for you. The event is free for SCLT members and open to all ages. Bring a notebook/camera to take pictures and record plant ID techniques, recipes, and medicinal constituents and flavor profiles. Dress accordingly (the event is rain or shine) and bring a water bottle.

Hosted by Southside COmmunity Land Trust at the City Farm: 168 West Clifford, Providence, RI.

Contact Jenny Boone at (401) 273-9419 or by e-mail for more information.

RI Food Swap

Sunday, May 31 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

The RI Food Swap is a community group that encourages the celebration, discovery and sharing of handmade and homegrown food.

We're partnering with Cluck! again. Join us for food sharing and peruse Cluck for any of your gardening/agricultural needs and desires.

Plan to arrive at the swap with a selection of edible items that you have made or grown. These items become currency to exchange for the goods of other swappers. You leave a swap with edible items that someone else has made or grown.

In addition to the items you'll be swapping, please bring a non-perishable item to be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. You may want to consider bringing samples of your item for taste-testing. And lastly, a potluck snack to share with the group is always appreciated

Wondering what to donate to RI Food Bank? http://www.rifoodbank.org/GetInvolved/DonateFood/tabid/201/Default.aspx

Hosted by RI Food Swap at the Cluck! Urban Farm and Garden Supply: 399 Broadway, Providence, RI.

Contact Jessica Purcell at (401) 207-6545 or by e-mail for more information.