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Events: October 2016

Heifer International's Global Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 1 10:00AM - Sunday, October 2 4:00PM | Rutland, MA | directions | website

Heifer Farm’s annual Global Harvest Festival is a fun -packed cultural celebration for the all ages! This festive weekend features international crafts and games in the Global Village, live music, farm-to-table food, hay rides to the pumpkin patch and, of course, all the farm animals. Live bands will play on the main stage throughout the festival and the Dale Perkins Horse Show will perform daily at 1pm. The cost is $20 per car, so feel free to carpool!

Hosted by Heifer Farm at the Heifer Farm: 216 Wachusett Street, Rutland, MA.

Contact Emily Rose at (508) 886-5000 or by e-mail for more information.

Growing and Harvesting Medicinal Roots

Sunday, October 9 | 3:00PM - 4:30PM | West Greenwich, RI | directions | website

Park at the corner of Bentley Hill Road & Hopkins Hill Road

Rain date, Oct. 16

Free CRAFT Workshop. Registration is not required.

Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs will discuss cultivation, harvest and curing techniques for medicinal roots. Learn how to prepare herb beds for winter’s rest and how to make nutrient-rich compost.

Farmacy Herb’s 5-acre farm supplies the herb drying room and urban community health and herbal education center. This urban site features teaching gardens, an herb store as well as a health and education center. Herbal products and bulk herbs are made by Farmacy apprentices at their Providence site and sold at local stores and farmers markets.

Farmacy Herbs offers education programs on herbal information, nutritional healing and organic farming practices. Farmacy offers holistic-based information, referrals and resources to anyone who wants to support their health with herbs. Farmacy works to offer accessible community health care and wellness through environmental awareness and holistic practices.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Farmacy Herbs: 959 Hopkins Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI.

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

Holistic Cattle Health and Handling

Sunday, October 16 | 1:00PM - 4:00PM | West Brookfield, MA | directions | website

Are you raising grass-fed cattle? Interested in transitioning? Come learn with organic grass-fed cattle farmer Matt Koziol!

Matt will discuss what farmers need to know to keep their animals healthy and productive. Starting with the nutritional requirements for livestock, particular attention will be paid to reading and responding to cattle behavior in order to reduce stress for both cow and farmer.

Matt will take us out into the pastures to demonstrate a live cattle round-up with a focus on proper technique and efficiency. He’ll also show the inner workings of his cattle handling facility, covering when and why farmers need to handle livestock. There will be plenty of time for questions about his certified organic 100% grass-fed beef business.

There will be an optional potluck prior to the event from 12 PM - 1 PM.

About the Instructor:

Matthew Koziol is the farmer at Clover Spring Farm, where he raises 150 high quality Devon and Devon/Angus cattle. All of his animals are 100% organic and grass-fed. Read more about Clover Springs Farm here.


Click here to register online now or click here for a mail-in registration form.

Limited scholarships are available for beginning farmers (those growing 10 or less years) who are active NOFA/Mass members. To apply please click here.

Pre-registration is recommended. For more information contact Dan Bensonoff, education events organizer, at or 860-716-5122.

This workshop is part of our Grass-Fed Cattle: Connecting Soil, Animal, and Pasture Health series. Register for all three and save 15%. Check out the other upcoming workshops in this series:

Pasture Management and Rotational Grazing
Assessing Pasture Soil Fertility and Forage Quality
For information on our refund and inclement weather policy, click here.

Hosted by NOFA/Mass at the Clover Springs Farm: 234 Ragged Hill Rd, West Brookfield, MA.

Contact Dan Bensonoff at (860) 716-5122 or by e-mail for more information.

Making Apple Soda & Hard Cider

Tuesday, October 18 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Fermentation is an easy way to transform local foods for nutrition, flavor, and preservation. Fruit juices have a long history of this transformation into apple tonics, hard ciders, and vinegars. In this workshop, fermentista Laura Killingbeck shows you step by step how to transform local apple juice into fizzy soda and hard cider, using simple principles of fermentation.

Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Hosted by SEMAP at the Round the Bend Farm: 92 Allen Neck Rd, Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Kendra Murray at (508) 971-7888 or by e-mail for more information.

Coyote Workshop

Wednesday, October 26 | 6:00PM - 9:00AM | Tiverton RI, RI | directions

Come learn about the Coyote situation in the Eastern District.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Limited to 50 people.

Hosted by Eastern RI Conservation District at the Portsmouth Library: PO Box 158, Tiverton RI, RI.

Contact Sara Churgin at (401) 934-0842 or by e-mail for more information.