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Events: September 2015

Composting 101

Saturday, September 12 | 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 outreach@uri.edu 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.

Celeriac, Tat Soi and the Gilfeather Turnip: Growing Specialty Crops for Fall and Winter Markets

Tuesday, September 15 11:30PM - Wednesday, September 16 1:00AM | Middletown, RI | directions | website

Rain date: Thursday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Free CRAFT Workshop

Learn the benefits of fall production using low tunnels for 15 varieties of specialty greens and snow peas that thrive through Thanksgiving. Jim and Michelle Garman will also discuss numerous root crops including golden ball turnips, daikon and watermelon radishes, celeriac and gilfeather turnips. Some chefs and consumers need a reminder that local farms can supply great greens and produce through the fall using season extension techniques. Jim and Michelle will share their marketing tips for success as well as their planting calendar.

The Garmans farm because food is their passion. They select and grow crop varieties for their delicious taste. Many cultivars are listed on Slow Food, USA’s “Ark of Taste.” Jim and Michelle are increasingly frustrated with our deceptive food system that refuses to require labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

Garman Organic Farm is family-owned and operated, specializing in heirloom vegetables and small fruits on 3.5 acres in Middletown, RI. Jim and Michelle raise food for a 60-member CSA, The Green Grocer, A Market Natural Foods, Malt Broadway and Fluke.

The Garmans grow on farmland leased from Sustainable Aquidneck and the Aquidneck Land Trust and is nearing the end of its “Transitional Organic” period. The farm expects to be Certified Organic in May this year. Jim and Michelle use organic production techniques including building organic matter with amendments of compost, seaweed and manure, rotate crops, keep soils covered with mulches and winter cover crop blends and plant diverse crops. Learn more here.

This workshop is co-hosted by NOFA/RI and the Aquidneck Land Trust‘s and a part of their 25th anniversary Walk and Talk Series.

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (NOFA/RI) and Aquidneck Land Trust at the Garman Organic Farm: Elizabeth Lane, Middletown, RI.

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

Spring Hill Sugar House Farm Festival

Saturday, September 19 | 10:00AM - 4:00PM | Richmond, RI | directions | website

Large Corn Maze, Cider Pressing Demonstrations, Pick- Your- Own Pumpkins, Antique Tractors and Engines, Kid Activities and more…

Hosted by Spring Hill Sugar House. at the Spring Hill Sugar House: 522 Gardiner Rd, Richmond, RI.

Contact Gibby at (401) 788-7431 for more information.

Flashlight Maze 2015

Saturday, September 19 7:00PM - Sunday, October 25 10:00PM | Foster, RI | directions | website

Flashlight Maze Saturday nights until about 10pm - last maze entry at 9pm.
FREE lantern-lit Tractor Hay Rides
Not a haunted maze

Hosted by Cucumber Hill Farm at the Cucumber Hill Farm: 39 Cucumber Hill Road, Foster, RI.

Contact Chris at (401) 397-4585 or by e-mail for more information.

Extend Your Growing Season: Tips and Techniques

Tuesday, September 22 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Join City Farm Steward, Rich Pederson, City Farm Apprentice, Pat Walker, and SCLT Community Growers Director, Rob Booz, as they share a few easy tips on how to extend your growing season. The workshop takes place at City Farm on the corner of West Clifford and Dudley St on September 22nd, at 5:30 pm. Learn about how to keep the soil warm with mulch, how to use simple crop covers, and what late season crops to grow. With planning and a little luck, there’s no reason you can’t be pulling food from your garden into the beginning of December. This event is free for SCLT members. Register at plantprovidence.org

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the City Farm: Corner of West Clifford & Dudley St., Providence, RI.

Contact Rob Booz at (401) 273-9419 for more information.

Extend Your Growing Season: Tips and Techniques

Tuesday, September 22 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Too many vegetable gardeners think the growing season starts on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day; it doesn’t have to!

Join City Farm Steward, Rich Pederson, City Farm Apprentice, Pat Walker, and SCLT Community Growers Director, Rob Booz, as they share a few easy tips on how to extend your growing season. The workshop takes place at City Farm on the corner of West Clifford and Dudley St on September 22nd, at 5:30 pm. Learn about how to keep the soil warm with mulch, how to use simple crop covers, and what late season crops to grow. With planning and a little luck, there’s no reason you can’t be pulling food from your garden into the beginning of December. This event is free for SCLT members. Register at plantprovidence.org

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the City Farm: Corner of West Clifford & Dudley St., Providence, RI.

Contact Rob Booz at (401) 273-9419 for more information.

Fourth Friday Farm Feast

Friday, September 25 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM | Waltham, MA | directions | website

Gore Place is excited to announce this NEW dinner series- Fourth Friday Farm Feasts! A specialty dinner held on the fourth Friday of the month, these meals will highlight the bounty of our fields and our local communities. Our first dinner in our fall series will be on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7:30pm with Chef Terence Rogers from TBD Foods. Tickets are $95 per person and beverages are BYOB, water will be provided.

TBD Dinner believes that the freshest ingredients make the best food. Their name tells their story, To Be Decided (TBD) because they let the ingredients dictate the menu—not vice versa. Their passion is happiness, which means dirty napkins, full bellies, and a night of wonderful memories.

The dinners will be presented at Gore Place’s newly restored 1793 Carriage House facility, a building that played an integral role on this estate in early New England’s farm history and continued legacy. Newly opened in June, the Carriage House facility is a great location for a wide variety of uses from corporate meetings to special events and more! We look forward to sharing a few meals this season with you!

Our dinner series will continue on Friday, October 23rd and November 27th details to be announced. Mark your calendars early, as space is limited and will sell out quickly!

All proceeds will benefit Gore Place museum and farm. To learn more, please visit www.goreplace.org

Hosted by Gore Place at the Gore Place: 52 Gore St., Waltham, MA.

Contact Marjorie Scarff at (781) 894-2798 or by e-mail for more information.

Creating a Hugelkultur Bed

Saturday, September 26 | 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 outreach@uri.edu 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.

Saving Seeds Workshop

Saturday, September 26 11:00AM - Thursday, September 3 1:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Saving seed from your favorite & prized vegetables is easy & beneficial for every yard gardener. The workshop will take place at City Farm (corner of West Clifford and Dudley St.) on September 26th at 11 am. Your favorite home-grown tomato, that slow-to-bolt cilantro & the tastiest kale you've grown this year are accustomed to the growing conditions you've provided in your backyard micro-climate - it's now encoded in their DNA! By saving their seed to plant this autumn or next spring you ensure a successful crop and a sustainable future (not to mention saving money!). Jessyloo will share with the group the varying techniques of saving seeds from veggies, herbs & flowers through history, hands-on demonstration & stories of experimental farming. All ages - no pets, please. Register at plantprovidence.org

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the City Farm: Corner of West Clifford & Dudley St., Providence, RI.

Contact Rob Booz at (401) 273-9419 for more information.

The Fun of Fermentation

Monday, September 28 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Join SCLT Community Growers Director, Rob Booz, as he walks you through a few easy ways to preserve food. Topics covered will include lacto-fermentation of vegetables, simple dairy fermentation, vinegar making, and making fruit cordials. The workshop will take place at The Fertile Underground Coop (1577 Westminster St.) on September 28th at 5:30 pm.

This introductory course will help you to extend warm weather bounty into the cold months of winter. This event is free for SCLT members. Register at plantprovidence.org

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the The Fertile Underground Coop: 1577 Westminster St., Providence, RI.

Contact Rob Booz at (401) 273-9419 for more information.

Harvesting Hope

Tuesday, September 29 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM | East Providence, RI | directions | website

Please join us in celebrating 34 years of SCLT's work in urban agriculture at our 11th annual Harvesting Hope fundraiser on Tuesday, September 29 at Squantum Association. There will be a cocktail hour at 5 for the debut of the new City Farm beer from Revival Brewing Company. The main event will take place from 6 - 8 pm.

Individual Tickets
- $150 for 5 p.m. entry to cocktail party (Revival Brewing Co. talk and tasting).
- $85 for 6-8:30 p.m. main event

Tables for eight
- $1000 for 5pm early entry to the cocktail party (Revival Brewing Co. talk and tasting).
- $600 for the 6:30-8 main event

Hosted by Southside Community Landtrust at the Squantum Association: 947 Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence, RI.

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