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Events: June 2015

Slow Living Summit

Wednesday, June 3 8:00PM - Friday, June 5 12:00PM | Brattleboro, VT | directions | website

The Slow Living Summit is an annual conference takes which place June 3-5 in Brattleboro, Vermont. This year's Summit is described as "a mindful exploration of the journey of food, from farming and food entrepreneurship to food systems to nourishment to food justice and policy". The Summit is subtitled "Food, Mindfully” and draws individuals nationally and internationally.

The Slow Living Summit takes place just before Strolling of the Heifers Weekend (June 5-7) a celebration of agriculture that aims to connect people with healthy local foods and with the farmers and food producers who bring it to them. The colorful centerpiece of the weekend is the famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, in which future farmers lead heifer calves up Brattleboro's historic Main Street. For more details and registration information, please visit www.slowlivingsummitorg

Hosted by Strolling Of The Heifers at the Brattleboro, VT: 157 Main St,, Brattleboro, VT.

Contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley at (802) 275-8152 for more information.

Strolling of the Heifers

Friday, June 5 9:00AM - Sunday, June 7 4:00PM | E. Dummerston, VT | directions

Individual event listings:

Slow Living Summit
Wednesday, June 3 (4 p.m.)-Friday June 5, 2015 (5 p.m.)
Location: Downtown Brattleboro
Strolling of the Heifers presents the 5th annual Slow Living Summit in downtown Brattleboro VT — a conference focused on the development of nurturing and mutually supportive communities, bioregions and economic systems. We invite thought leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, farmers, food producers, community leaders, artists, and engaged citizens to gather for explorations of how to build healthier, happier, and more resilient, connected, mindful, sharing, and vibrant communities. See the Summit website for details:
Phone for info: 802-380-0226

Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival
Friday, June 5, 2015
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
It’s a community block party! The central block of Main Street will be closed to traffic to make room for food and craft vendors, entertainment of all kinds, music and dancing in the street. Stores, galleries and restaurants are open as well. At the River Garden, enjoy the finals of our culinary competition, related exhibits, and a new art show in our Gallery at the Garden. See for details.
Phone for info: 802-246-0982

Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Slow Living Expo
Saturday, June 6, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
The world-famous agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade — 10 a.m. sharp on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street; pre-parade entertainment from 9 a.m. The parade kicks off with scores of lovable heifer calves, groomed and decorated, led by future farmers. The heifers are followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and surprises. (The heifers lead the parade, so don’t be late!) When it’s over, follow the crowd to the all-day 11-acre Slow Living Expo for food, music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and fun, all related to our mission of sustaining family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. See for details, directions, parking tips and more.
Phone for info: 802-246-0982

Expo components of note:
§ Meet the heifers up close!
§ Woodlands Exhibit
§ Cheese Demo Tent
§ Healthy Living Village
§ Energy Pavilion
§ Crafts Village
§ Farm & Food Vendors
§ Music and entertainment tents

Strolling of the Heifers Farmers Breakfast
Sunday, June 7, 2015
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: The Marina, 28 Spring Tree Road (off Rt 5), Brattleboro VT
Enjoy a delicious breakfast made with farm-fresh ingredients at this popular Brattleboro gathering place with amazing views — then head out on our Farm Tour!
Phone for info: 802-246-0982

Tour de Heifer Cycling Tours
Sunday, June 7, 2015
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro VT
Strolling of the Heifers presents scenic farm-to-farm, hilly dirt-road bicycle rides tailored to most levels of cycling ability with routes of 15, 30 and 60 miles, starting and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro. The routes feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages (one with a covered bridge) and much more. Come to Brattleboro for the Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Slow Living Expo on Saturday, and stay for the Sunday Tour de Heifer! See for details.
Phone for info: 802-380-0226

Strolling of the Heifers Farm Tour
Sunday, June 7, 2015
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: In and near Brattleboro, Vermont
Maps available at
Explore southern Vermont’s scenic countryside during this set of guided tours at a group of unique farms that are open to the public and presenting special activities and tours on June 7. The tour will be fun and educational for the whole family and includes opportunities to meet farmers and see animals, fields and woodlands. Advance registration is encouraged, since space on each tour is limited. Check for map and details.
Phone for info: 802-246-0982

Hosted by Strolling of the Heifers at the Main st.: 105 Partridge rd., E. Dummerston, VT.

Contact Stacy Conn at (802) 490-6366 for more information.

Apple Festival

Thursday, June 11 | 7:00AM - 9:00AM | Little Compton, RI | directions

The annual Young Family Farm Apple Festival is typically held on the second weekend in October on Columbus Day weekend. Live music, apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, face painting and much more are just some of the featured activities during this popular event.

Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Road, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Karla Young at (401) 635-0110 or by e-mail for more information.

Integrated Pest Management

Saturday, June 13 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

All workshops are FREE and open to the public!
Master Gardener educators from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. outdoors in the inspiring Roger Williams Park Community Garden in Providence, RI. In the event of rain, workshops will be held inside the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center.

Registration not required - just arrive a little before 11 a.m.!
Bring a lawn chair, a notebook and lots of questions!

DIRECTIONS: The community garden is adjacent to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center parking lot - park there and walk down!
Please contact the URI Outreach Center at for more information about our educational programs this year.
Happy Spring!

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Garden: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI.

Contact Mamie Chen at (401) 874-2700 or by e-mail for more information.

Opening Day Celebrations

Saturday, June 20 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM | Bridgeport, CT | directions

BRFM turns 1! Wish us a happy birthday and come celebrate the 2015 season opening celebrations on June 20 beginning at 9 am - 1 pm. Our market will feature local food, artisans and music.

Hosted by Black Rock Farmers market at the St Ann Field: 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, CT.

Contact Karyn Leito or Michelle Margo at (203) 650-3773 for more information.

Strawberry Soiree

Saturday, June 20 10:00AM - Thursday, April 9 9:00PM | Montague, MA | directions

Taste test strawberry varieties and enjoy a farm cooked meal with fresh strawberry shortcake! See for details!

Hosted by Red Fire Farm at the Red Fire Farm: 184 Meadow Rd, Montague, MA.

Contact Andrew at (413) 467-7645 or by e-mail for more information.

Raise better vegetables with chickens in crop rotations

Tuesday, June 23 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Cranston, RI | directions | website

Rain date: June 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

John Kenny will explain how rotating 125 organic chickens around his 2-acre farm has improved produce yields at Big Train Farm. Beginning and experienced growers will learn how to improve soil biology, fertility and specialty crop yields by including a chicken tractor in their crop rotation plans.

This 2-acre farm is one of seven incubator farms at Urban Edge Farm, owned by Southside Community Land Trust. Established in 2008, Big Train Farm sells produce and eggs through a 25-week mix-and-match CSA and wholesale accounts. CSA customers may also purchase weekly shares of fruits, flowers, meats and breads from other growers, producers and restaurants.

John is a NOFA/RI Organic Farm Advisor specializing in tractor operations, soil test interpretation and field planning. Each year John offers a 3-part workshop on Soil Health and Plant Science for farmers and gardeners. His courses include basic soil science, crop science and soil maintenance principles focused on organic growing techniques. He also hosts workshops on agriculture, natural science and field botany.

The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop series shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners.

These workshops are free 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. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for CRAFT Workshops.

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/RI) at the Big Train Farm: 35 Pippin Orchard Rd., Cranston, RI.

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

Horse'n Around at Confreda Greenhouses & Farms

Saturday, June 27 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Hope, RI | directions

Want a day of Free Fun on the farm?

Want to learn about Harness racing?

Want to feed and pet a real racehorse?

Want to sit behind a harness horse and ride in a jog cart?

Horse around at Confreda’s on Saturday, June 27th from noon through 4:00 pm

This free event includes feeding, petting, and educational sessions on horses and experiencing the thrill on being in the driver seat of a horse drawn jog cart.

All this PLUS “A Day At The Races” Package, compliments of Plainridge Park Racecourse in Plainville, MA.

The AMAZING Package includes: -
A Free Racing Program
A Race Named in Your Honor
Winner’s Circle Presentation
Complimentary Winner’s Circle Photo
Tour of The Press Box
Watch a Live Race from the Announcer’s Booth
20% Food Discount at Trackside Deli on 1st Floor Grandstand level.
This package is valid on any live racing day thru November 30, 2015.

Come and enjoy a real fun time and learning experience at Confreda’s and then spent a Day at The Races at Plainridge Park Racecourse in Plainville, MA.

Hosted by Confreda Greenhouses & Farms at the Confreda Greenhouses & Farms: 2150 Scituate Ave, Hope, RI.

Contact Jonathan Confreda at (401) 827-5000 or by e-mail for more information.

Confreda's Fairy Garden Workshop

Saturday, June 27 | 2:00PM - 9:00AM | Hope, RI | directions

Make something ordinary extraordinary! Come to Confreda's Fairy Garden Workshop.This workshop will give the tools to put together houseplants, patio sets, maybe even a little pebble stone path and with a little imagination, you can have your very own miniature fantasy world!

Choose from common miniature plants including foliage and succulent varieties combined with a selection of mini garden accessories and materials to create your ideal tiny wonderland.

These indoor gardens are perfect for anyone, young and old, looking for a touch of magic to add to their home.

The Event Costs $35.00 and comes with 3 plants, the planter, some stones and your very own fairy

Buy tickets at

Hosted by Confreda Greenhouses & Farms at the Confreda Greenhouses & Farms: 2150 Scituate Ave, Hope, RI.

Contact Jonathan Confreda at (401) 827-5000 or by e-mail for more information.

Healthy Living Presentation

Sunday, June 28 11:00AM - Thursday, June 11 12:30PM | Little Compton, RI | directions | website

Looking for a way to kick start your healthy eating habits? Join us at Young Family Farm for a presentation by Arbonne Independent Consultants on the importance of fueling your body with the right nutrients. Maybe even get a deal on some healthy food at the farm stand if you join us!
For more information on Arbonne,

Hosted by Arbonne at the Young Family Farm: 260West Main Road, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Sarah Young at (401) 450-5185 for more information.

Gardening with Mushrooms

Sunday, June 28 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM | Amherst, MA | directions

Join Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally for this hands on workshop to turn your garden into an arena of decomposition and mushroom production! We will work with two mushrooms in particular Wine Caps and Almond Portobello. Participants will become familiar with techniques of cultivating these mushrooms for food, medicine, or mycoremediation purposes. For more information and to register visit

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.