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Events: May 2016

e-Waste Recycling Collection Event

Saturday, May 7 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Portsmouth, RI | directions | website

Indie Cycle charges a $10 disposal fee for Televisions, Monitors and Printers. All TVs must be whole and intact.

These items are accepted at NO charge:
- Computers, laptops, servers, routers, and peripherals such as mice, keyboards, speakers, and microphones.
- Hard drives, optical drives, motherboards, daughter boards, ram, CD ROMs, etc.
- Small printers, fax machines, scanners, toner cartridges, cameras, office equipment, calculators, and small medical devices.
- Cell phones, cordless phones, PDA's, Ipods, and chargers.
- Auto/Marine batteries and battery backups only.
- Console gaming systems, and cables, wires.
- Audio/visual equipment, stereos, CD players, cassette players, remote controls.
- Typewriters and office equipment.
- Small household appliances like toasters, microwaves, toaster ovens, blenders, mixers.
Indie Cycle charges a $10 recycling fee for any coolant-containing appliances: air conditioners, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators, water coolers and small freezers that should not be actively leaking.

NO broken or exposed TV tubes can be accepted. This is considered hazardous waste and requires special transport certification.

Indie Cycle will not accept any type of light bulb, disposable (alkaline) batteries, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, glass microwave plates, VCR tapes or CD/Floppy disks, furniture, electric organs, cushioned chairs, mattresses, Styrofoam, firearms, hazardous materials such as paint or other chemicals.

Learn how to dispose of batteries at http://www.rirrc.org/single-use-batteries.

Hosted by Portsmouth High School & Portsmouth Recycles Program at the Portsmouth High School: Education Way, Portsmouth, RI.

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

Sheep Day

Saturday, May 7 | 10:00AM - 3:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions

One of our most popular events of the year. Come watch the sheep get sheered and the sheep-herding dogs in action. Lots of crafts for kids and more. $5 per adult, $2 per child under 12 and children under age 3 are free! *One adult admission is free if youa re a current member or if you join at the door.

Hosted by Soule Homestead at the Soule Homestead Education Center: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA.

Contact Allyson at (508) 947-6744 or by e-mail for more information.

Irrigation and Water Systems

Sunday, May 8 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions | website

Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH will demonstrate setting up a small farm irrigation system using a variety of irrigation components. He will discuss systems using commercial wells, surface water and movable pumps. Trevor will demonstrate drip and overhead irrigation as well as a hybrid overhead options connected to drip line headers. He will also teach attendees “how to do the math” for their own farms. Bring questions!

Brookdale Fruit Farm is a multi-generational family-owned farm with 400 acres of tree fruit and vegetables in Hollis, NH. The farm grows USDA certified organic crops on twelve acres and in four of its greenhouses. Trevor has 20 years experience running a farm irrigation supply business at Brookdale Fruit Farm.

Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton, RI is a 50-acre GAP certified farm growing numerous USDA certified organic crops. The farm is run by Skip Paul, Liz Peckham and their son Silas Peckham-Paul. Skip was instrumental in forming NOFA/RI and is a frequent farm educator.

This workshop will be co-sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI) CRAFT Workshop series and the Young Farmer Network (YFN) of Southeastern New England's Farmer Short Course series. See the 2016 YFN event schedule at youngfarmernetwork.org.

N O F A / R I CRAFT Workshops are free thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant though the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture, which seeks to enhance farmers’ ability to grow and market their specialty crops. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

YFN's Farmer Short Course series was funded through a partnership with the New England Farmers Union Education Foundation and a Rural Business Development Grant. This generous grant makes this workshop available to aspiring, beginning and experienced farmers free of charge. This organization is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (NOFA/RI) at the Wishing Stone Farm: 25 Shaw Road, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Sarah Turkus of YFN at (908) 268-7409 or by e-mail for more information.

Faella Farm Plant Sale

Saturday, May 14 | 8:00AM - 4:00PM | Peace Dale, RI | directions

Flower, Herb, Vegetable, Rhubarb and Raspberry Plants, Hot Pepper Jelly, Honey and Produce grown chemical free.

Hosted by Faella Farm at the Faella Farm: 1072 Saugatucket Rd., Peace Dale, RI.

Contact Martha Faella at (401) 783-7437 or by e-mail for more information.

Rare & Unusual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 14 10:00AM - Sunday, May 15 2:00PM | Providence, RI | directions

Southside Community Land Trust's 24th annual Rare & Unusual Plant Sale is happening Sat.-Sun., May 14-15, at City Farm on Providence's South Side. Come buy your sustainably grown vegetable and herb starts, and perennials, including native plants that will attract pollinators to your garden! Experts will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, and if you're an SCLT member, pick up your 50 gallons of free organic compost! SNAP customers will receive an additional 40% on all purchases.

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

Contact Jenny at (401) 273-9419 x106 or by e-mail for more information.

Spring Management of Honeybees

Sunday, May 15 | 1:00PM - 3:30PM | South Deerfield, MA | directions

Best management practices of honeybees starts in the spring. This is a review of tasks that improve honeybee health and update of current practices. Appropriate for first year and experienced beekeepers. Contact Dan at warmcolors@verizon.net for information and registration form.

Hosted by Warm Colors at the Warm Colors Apiary: 2 South Mill River Rd, South Deerfield, MA.

Contact Dan Conlon at (413) 665-4513 or by e-mail for more information.

Planting Inside the Box

Saturday, May 21 | 10:00AM - 11:30AM | Waltham, MA | directions | website

There are a multitude of benefits to planting inside the box. Raised beds provide gardeners the opportunity to tailor the soil mixture, extend the growing season, deter weeds and pests, and plant a custom design. In this workshop, long-time farmer Scott Clarke will demonstrate techniques for planting flowers and vegetables in a raised bed. Learn how to lay out a square-foot garden, choose plants that are good companions, make use of vertical space, and plant directly into a bale of hay. Explore ways to develop the soil without the use of synthetic fertilizers so that your soil can feed the plants and vice versa. Come ready to dig in and cultivate ideas for your own home garden! Attendees will receive a coupon for the annual Spring Plant Sale on May 27-29. $25 per person, $20 for Members. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://plantinginsidethebox.bpt.me/

Gore Place | 52 Gore St. Waltham, MA | www.goreplace.org

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

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

Raising Chickens Twilight Workshop

Saturday, May 21 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM | Marshfield, MA | directions

Love the local food movement? Ever thought you might like to try keeping your own chickens? Come join “The Chickeness”, Khrysti Smyth, of Yardbirds Backyard Chickens for a rundown of popular breeds, housing needs and design, feeding and care, health, laws and zoning, info on how to effortlessly mix chickens and neighbors, and everything else you might want to know about keeping your own backyard chickens. Course materials will be provided, and each attendee will receive a signed Certificate of Course Completion. Come find out whether keeping chickens might be a good addition to your garden, your kitchen, and your family's overall health and wellbeing, and meet a few of her feathered Chicken Ambassadors too!

Register here: http://conta.cc/1SxMJJB

Hosted by SEMAP at the Marshfield Fairgrounds: 140 Main St, Marshfield, MA.

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

Seafood Throwdown - Free Cooking Competition

Thursday, May 26 | 4:00PM - 6:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

The Armory Farmers Market opens for the 2016 summer season on Thursday May 26! The market will run weekly through Oct 27, every Thursday from 3:30 pm to 7 pm (or dusk).

To celebrate opening day, the annual tradition continues of a Seafood Throwdown cooking competition, free and open to the public 4–6 pm! This year, two renowned chefs from local restaurants will square off for bragging rights to see who can make the best seafood dish using a surprise ingredient sourced off the coast of New England. Come join the fun, watch live cooking, and taste the delicious results!

Co-sponsored by Farm Fresh Rhode Island(www.farmfreshri.org) and North Atlantic Marine Association (www.namanet.org), the Seafood Throwdown highlights the importance of locally caught seafood to Rhode Island’s economy, community, and marine ecosystem.

Hosted by Farm Fresh Rhode Island at the Armory Farmers Market: Parade St at Hudson St, Providence, RI.

Contact Georgina Sarpong at (401) 312-4250 or by e-mail for more information.

Spring Plant Sale

Friday, May 27 9:00AM - Sunday, May 29 4:00PM | Waltham, MA | directions | website

This year's offerings feature vegetable garden transplants including more than 30 varieties of hard-to-find hybrid and heirloom tomatoes. The sale includes culinary herbs, select annual flower varieties, and beautiful hanging baskets. It's not only the large selection that makes this sale special; it's also the chance to speak with gardener Scott Clarke. Scott knows a lot about these varieties, and he's eager to share his knowledge with you! Hours are 9am to 4pm, rain or shine. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own box for transporting their purchases. Members receive a discount, so remember to bring your membership cards!

If you would like to get a jump on purchasing tomato plants, they are available for pre-order at $5 per 4-pack. To order, print out the selection list and mail it to 52 Gore St., Waltham, MA 02453. All tomatoes are pick-up only on May 21 from 10-3pm, and fees will be collected upon pick-up. Plants cannot be shipped or picked up early. Any tomatoes not picked up will be sold at the Spring Plant Sale the following weekend. Check out the list of varieties and descriptions on the farm page of the website. Please note the list is subject to change without notice.

Gore Place | 52 Gore St. Waltham, MA | www.goreplace.org

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

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