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Events: July 2015

Biochar 2-day Workshop with Gary Gilmore!

Saturday, July 11 9:00AM - Sunday, July 12 4:00PM | North Brookfield, MA | directions | website

Two-day workshop focusing on the art, science, and practical application of biochar, led by Gary Gilmore, a Pennsylvania State Forester who has been working with and refining methods of biochar production for decades. Also being an important resource for improving soil health and building a foundation for nutrient rich crops, biochar has the added benefit of being a carbon-negative technology that would lead to a net withdrawal of CO2 from the atmosphere, while producing and consuming energy.

Additional Applications are:
- Fuel — cooking, run engines, heating
- Other — sanitation, odor control, food storage, water filtration, animal health
Applying biochar to the field.
Additional topics as time and interest allows:
- Production and uses of wood vinegar.
- Demo of charcoal powered engines.
- Concept of the Steamhouse Crapper – sauna/bath house combination using charcoal.

Date: July 11 & 12, 2015

Time: 9am – 4pm, with a Potluck Lunch 12pm – 1pm

Location: Kittredge Farm, 24 Hillsville Road, North Brookfield, MA 01535

Cost for 2-day Biochar Workshop = $150.00 (non-Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) Member), $125.00 (BFA Member), and for Farmers, there is financial assistance available through the BFA Scholarship Fund, and please contact Workshop Administrator, Gary Neves, for more information:

Register for Biochar 2-day Workshop:

YouTube videos sharing some of Gary Gilmore's experiences and insights:
> "How to make charcoal in a double barrel chimney" =

> "Simple-Fire charcoal gasification unit used to run a Gravely tractor":

> "Gilmore gasifier":

There are many different ways to make biochar, and several methods will be explored in-depth and hands-on during the workshop. One of the easiest is the double barrel chimney kiln that requires very little metal working, and is simple to run. Participants who are interested in this method for biochar production at home will have the opportunity to purchase similar barrels that the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) has sourced for $10-20 for this workshop - a great deal! - and leave the workshop not only with the know-how, but a charcoal kiln ready to burn. Also covered will be a stove that can turn wood into charcoal, and allow the heat to be used for cooking. Everyone who attends the workshop will walk away with a wealth of in-depth information and knowledge about the benefits of biochar — what it is, how it is made, how it is used, how it is prepared and the excitement that comes from making and using it.

For a list of Topics To Be Covered, Q & A with Gary Gilmore, other information, and Registering for this Biochar 2-day Workshop, please visit the Biochar Workshop with Gary Gilmore web page:

Biography of Gary Gilmore:
Gary Gilmore is a Pennsylvania State Forester. His interest in charcoal over the past 20 years has led him to experiment with this product in many different venues. With an eye to sustainable, small scale systems, he has explored and uses charcoal in ways that can help society mitigate some of the problems facing us. He utilizes wood from his tree farm as the raw material for making charcoal. The charcoal he makes is then used as a fuel or soil amendment. As a fuel it is used for cooking, heating iron in a forge, melting metal in a furnace, or powering engines. As a soil amendment, it is used as biochar for increasing soil tilth and health, while providing long term sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere. This biochar is also used to purify water, reduce stable odors, run a waterless commode and urinal, and prevent fruits and vegetables from rotting in storage.

Hosted by Bionutrient Food Association at the Kittredge Farm: 24 Hillsville Road, North Brookfield, MA.

Contact Gary Neves at (774) 573-6804 or by e-mail for more information.

Acushnet Farmers Market Hosts New England Antique Truck and Tractor Day!

Saturday, July 11 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM | Acushnet, MA | directions | website

Join us on Saturday, July 11th from 9 to 1 as we welcome back the New England Truck and Tractor Association*. We're thrilled that they'll be joining us again for this popular event! Incredible lineup of antique tractors displayed. Some fine examples of America’s vintage agricultural work horses, beautifully restored. Remember to vote for your favorite tractor at this wonderful family event!

*For more information check out their website and Facebook page:
New England Antique Tractor & Truck Assoc.

Hosted by Acushnet Farmers Market at the Acushnet Farmers Market at Stone Bridge Farm: 186 Leonard Street, Acushnet, MA.

Contact Joanne Harding at (508) 951-1551 or by e-mail for more information.

Native Plants

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

All workshops are FREE and open to the public!
Join URI 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.

Annual Pigs & Pearls: Celebrating the Best of Land & Sea

Sunday, July 12 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Osterville, MA | directions | website

2015 Pigs & Pearls:
Featuring the best local chefs and our own Osterville Farmers' Market...A Cape Cod casual Sunday evening under a tent on the grounds of the Osterville Historical Museum. benefit the Osterville Museum.........

Raw Bar, Specialty Savory and Sweet Hors d'Oeuvres,

Wine, Naukabout Beer & More!

Featuring jazz from Stage Door Canteen & a silent auction of five one-of-a-kind prints of historic Osterville from Museum archives.

Tickets: $55 per person or $100 per couple.

Hosted by Osterville Historical Museum at the Osterville Historical Museum: 155 West Bay Road, Osterville, MA.

Contact Jennifer Williams at (508) 428-5861 or by e-mail for more information.

Artisan Cheesemaking on Aquidneck Island

Sunday, July 12 | 10:00PM - 12:00PM | Middletown, RI | directions | website

Karla Simmons will offer a walking tour of her family farm. Participants will learn to make chèvre (goat cheese) and hang it after it is ready in the tank. Participants will learn to flavor chèvre and sample their cheese with crackers. Afterwards Karla will bring participants to the barn to see her milk the animals. Participants may bring home the cheese they make. This workshop is perfect for home-cheese makers, avid cooks, cheese lovers and food enthusiasts!

Simmons Farm is a 120-acre certified organic, family farm in Middletown, RI. The Simmons family uses biodynamic techniques to grow traditional and heirloom produce for a farm stand, Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), numerous RI farmer’s markets and wholesale accounts. The farm welcomes visitors at the farm stand and petting zoo. Simmons Farm offers pasture-raised eggs, grass-fed beef, pastured pork and seasonal offerings of lamb and goat meat. Karla and her family make fresh Farmstead Cheeses daily in their USDA certified organic dairy using their own goat and cow milk.

Karla Simmons is a RI native, and a longtime lover of cheeses. She studied classes with Peter Dickson in Vermont and learned a lot about cheesemaking on our own. In 2000, Karla and her husband Brian Simmons took over running Simmons Farm. Karla now manages the farm’s cheese production, inventory, marketing and sales.

Cost: $50 NOFA Members; $60 non-members
Maximum: 6 people

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (NOFA/RI) at the Simmons Farm: 1942 West Main Road, Middletown, RI.

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

A Path to Beauty and Bounty: Building a Sustainable Eco-System

Thursday, July 16 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Portsmouth, RI | directions | website

For landscape designer Sanne Kure-Jensen, this path began with a historic farm dating to 1670. After years of ecologically-guided design, planting and maintenance, this destination is a thriving landscape ecosystem and bountiful garden.
This professionally designed, organically managed property includes a wildflower meadow, liberty lawn and honeybee apiary. Perennial and woodland gardens offer food and shelter for pollinators, birds and wildlife as well as compost inputs and firewood. Leaves, twigs, finished compost and wood ash feed soil life, continuing the cycle.
Vegetable and herb gardens feed the homeowners with a comfortable balance between pests and beneficial insects. Fruit trees and shrubs benefit honeybees; homeowners share berries, fruit and honey.
This organically managed property has received a Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation. As you stroll through this idyllic property, you will learn how the garden welcomes diversity in plant, animal, insect and microbial life.
Throughout the tour, Sanne will share tips for landscape professionals to create client enthusiasm for sustainable landscapes.

This Workshop was organized by the Ecologicial Landscape Alliance. Register at

Learn more about this historic farm at

Approved for 2 NOFA AOLCP Credit Hours
(Rain or Shine) $20 ELA Members, $30 Non-Members

Hosted by Ecological Landscape Alliance at the The Philip Sherman House: 168 Fairview Ln, Portsmouth, RI.

Contact Penny Lewis at (617) 436-5838 or by e-mail for more information.

Invasive Plant Management Certification Program

Wednesday, July 22 9:00AM - Thursday, July 23 4:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

The rapid establishment of invasive plant species in Rhode Island remains a threat to native ecological biodiversity. Freedom from natural predators, high seed production, and affinity for disturbed habitat sites all contribute to the success of invasive species, leaving native species to struggle for space and resources. The Invasive Plant Management Certification Program (IPMCP) trains green industry professionals working in the coastal zone to provide sustainable invasive plant management services to clients, and to facilitate restoration of degraded coastal habitats.

The URI Outreach Center works alongside professionals from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the New England Regional Water Program to gather information about techniques related to invasive plant eradication and management.

We conduct professional training programs that provide participants with working knowledge of the following topics:

CRMC Rules and Regulations
The Value of Vegetative Buffers
RI’s Natural Plant Communities
The Ecology of Invasive Species
Landscape Site Assessment
Invasive Plant Management Plan Development
Control Measure Selection and Plant Removal
Restorative Planting
Monitoring and Maintenance
Program participants will leave the program as a Certified Invasive Manager recognized by the CRMC. Certification is valid for two years, with the opportunity for recertification and continuing education through the Outreach Center. With the skills learned through the IPMCP, green industry professionals can contribute to habitat management, improvement, and restoration in Rhode Island coastal zones.

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI: 3 East Alumni Ave, Kingston, RI.

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

Enjoy Local Produce All Year Long: Food Preservation Workshop

Wednesday, July 22 | 5:00PM - 6:30PM | Middletown, RI | directions | website

Whether just picked from your garden, a local Farmers Market or a nearby Farm Stand, seasonal produce is nutritious, colorful and delicious. Learn to safely preserve this magic for year-round family feasts! Discover canning, freezing and drying with Sejal Lanterman and Nicole Richard of the University of Rhode Island’s Food Safety Education Program. Enjoy mouthwatering scents from a canning demonstration with low-sugar peach jam.
Come to Sweet Berry Farm early to pick your own peaches and berries. The Farm Stand also offers fresh picked produce, sandwiches and beverages.
Registration required. Cost: $20 NOFA Members / $25 Non-Members (Student/Senior Discount)

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Sweet Berry farm: Enjoy Local Produce All Year Long: Food Preservation Workshop, Middletown, RI.

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

URI Sheep & Goat Parasite Control Workshop and Field Day

Thursday, July 23 | 12:00PM - 8:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Please join us at URI Peckham Farm on Thursday, July 23, 2015 for:

•Integrated Parasite Control / FAMACHA© Training Workshop (12:00 to 3:00 PM)
•Fecal egg counting demonstration (3:00 to 3:30 PM)
•Field Day on Alternative Methods for Small Ruminant Parasite Control focusing on condensed tannin plants—Birdsfoot trefoil and Cranberry (4:30 to 8:00 PM).

Attend one or all programs. View our flyer for program details, directions and registration information -

Contact: Holly Burdett, URI Cooperative Extension, (401) 874-2249 or Register on-line at

Hosted by University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension at the URI Peckham Farm: 1 Peckham Farm Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Holly Burdett at (401) 874-2249 or by e-mail for more information.

New Bedford Farmers Market Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, July 23 | 2:00PM - 6:00PM | New Bedford, MA | directions | website

Stop by our Grand Opening Celebration tomorrow from 2-6pm at Custom House Square! The Mayor will join us at 5pm, and you can purchase delicious fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and other treats from our vendors,

Hosted by Mass in Motion New Bedford at the Custom House Square: Barkers Lane, New Bedford, MA.

Contact Stephanie Reusch at (508) 789-8020 for more information.

Stoneman's Summer Beer Garden

Saturday, July 25 | 12:00PM - 5:00PM | Colrain, MA | directions | website

Join us for Stoneman Brewery's 1st Summer Beer Garden at Pine Hill Orchards Pavilion! We are releasing two special casks of White Knight and Night Light plus an assortment of favorite summers beers for sale by the bottle or the pint. Pine Hill Orchards will be grilling up some yummy food and Colrain Living will play some tunes from 3-5pm. Bring your friends and join us for a relaxing summer afternoon!

Hosted by Stoneman Brewery at the Pine Hill Orchards: 248 Greenfield Rd, Colrain, MA.

Contact Justin at (413) 624-5195 or by e-mail for more information.

Local Farmer Dinner | Annual Appeal | 4

Sunday, July 26 9:00PM - Monday, July 27 12:30AM | Rutland, MA | directions | website

2nd Annual Local Farmer Dinner
100% Locally Sourced Menu presentation by numerous area Chefs.

Hosted by Lettuce Be Local LLC at the Mesa Farm: 67 Muschopauge Road, Rutland, MA.

Contact Lynn Stromberg at (860) 428-5260 or by e-mail for more information.

Managing Organic Farms for Drought and Weeds

Wednesday, July 29 | 11:30PM - 12:00PM | Saunderstown, RI | directions | website

Farm Manager Lindie Markovich will share how Casey Farm’s updated irrigation system helps protect the farm against growing season droughts. The farm crew is testing new cultivation techniques this season and will share their results.

Casey Farm raises organically-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers for a 175 member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. On Saturdays from May through October, Casey Farm hosts a farmers’ market with local meats, seafood, fruit, vegetables, flowers and artisan products.

This site has been a farm since 1702. The Casey family and their tenant farmers have worked to improve this 300-acre farm since the mid-1800s. Today the property is managed by Historic New England.

This free event will be co-hosted by NOFA/RI and the Young Farmer Network (YFN). 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

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (NOFA/RI) and Young Farmers Network (YFN) at the Casey Farm: 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, RI.

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