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Events: June 2016

Oak Square Farmers Market - Opening Day

Wednesday, June 1 | 4:00PM - 8:00PM | Brighton, MA | directions

Come to the Market Opening Day for the Oak Square Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Presentation School Foundation parking lot in the Oak Square neighborhood of Brighton, MA! We will host farmers and artisans from Massachusetts selling their products, have live music, hold a raffle for a local restaurant, give out guest passes to the local YMCA, and much more! It's our first year, please come support us!

Market opens to the public at 4pm, ceremony at 6pm.

E-mail: oaksquarefarmersmarket@gmail.com
Facebook page: facebook.com/oaksquarefarmersmarket

Hosted by Oak Square Farmers Market at the Presentation School Foundation Parking Lot: 640 Washington Street, Brighton, MA.

Contact Chandra Davis at (617) 782-8670 for more information.

Growing Strawberries & Other Small Fruit

Monday, June 13 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Sharon, MA | directions | website

Interested in adding fruit to your farm or garden? Perhaps you've tried before but it didn't turn out exactly how you had hoped. Join Jim Ward of Ward's Berry Farm for an informative workshop on best practices for growing small fruits!

Ward's Berry Farm is a family farm located in Sharon, MA. Brothers Jim & Bob Ward have run the farm since 1982, offering the finest quality fresh picked fruits and veggies. Offering pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries and pumpkins in season.

Fees:
Beginning Farmers (10 years or less in industry) : $5
General Public: $20
SEMAP Member: $15

Hosted by SEMAP at the Ward's Berry Farm: 614 S. Main St, Sharon, MA.

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

Little State Flowers Means Business in the Ocean State

Monday, June 13 | 5:30PM - 9:00PM | West Kingston, RI | directions | website

Anna Jane Kocon will discuss her experience starting a farm business in Rhode Island. Hear about her search for land and arranging a lease. Learn how Anna markets her flowers Saturdays at the Aquidneck Growers Market in Middletown and how she retains her existing customer base and finds new customers.

A Young Farmer Nights potluck supper will follow the workshop. Please bring food or beverages to share, as well as your dish, cup and flatware.

Based in Portsmouth, RI, Little State Flower Company specializes in seasonal, local cut flowers and plants. Anna Jane uses sustainable and organic growing practices to offer premium, specialty cut flowers to the floral design and event industry in Rhode Island and South Eastern Massachusetts as well as local retail consumers. Anna Jane started Little State Flower Company in 2014 with 8 years experience growing flowers for other farmers. Anna Jane lives with her husband Bradley, two dogs, one cat and six chickens in West Kingston, RI

Hosted by Co-Hosted by NOFA/RI and Young Farmer Nights at the Little State Flower Company: 38 Heaton Orchard Road, West Kingston, RI.

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

Rhubarb Challenge

Saturday, June 18 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Douglas, MA | directions | website

Info may be found on our website

Hosted by Douglas Historic Society at the Douglas Farmers Market: 283 Main Street, Douglas, MA.

Contact Ginger Petraglia at (508) 476-2723 or by e-mail for more information.

Sheep Management Basics

Thursday, June 23 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions | website

Are you fascinated by fiber, a lover of lamb or just thinking about how to mow your grass without power? Then sheep might be the perfect animal to add to your life. Whether it is just a few that you would like to get for your yard or if you are interested in starting a flock then come and learn the basics. We will discuss breeds, fencing, housing, feeding, hoof care, parasites and everyone can try handling them. We will also touch on breeding and processing for meat. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed-toed shoes. Please wash boots if they have been at other sheep farms.


Fees:
Beginning Farmers (10 years or less in industry) : $5
General Public: $20
SEMAP Member: $15

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

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

Building Soil Fertility on 2 acres with Reduced Tillage, Cover Crops and Mulches

Wednesday, June 29 | 5:30PM - 9:00PM | Cranston, SE | directions | website

Wednesday, June 29, 5:30 pm

Ben Torpey of Scratch Farm will discuss strategies for building organic matter and reducing weed pressure through undersowing cover crops, mulching with leaves and reducing primary tillage. He will also touch on Scratch’s crop rotation and integrating small-scale seed production into a highly diversified vegetable farm.allia panorama

A Young Farmer Nights potluck supper will follow the workshop. Please bring food or beverages to share, as well as your dish, cup and flatware. Enjoy your dinner around a bonfire.

Scratch Farm is a two-acre farm near Providence, RI. One of seven independent farms on a 35-acre state-owned property managed with the Southside Community Land Trust, Scratch Farm grows a wide variety of sustainably-grown vegetables and fruits each year. Produce is available through CSA shares and to Providence restaurants through Little City Growers.

Hosted by Co-Hosted by NOFA/RI and Young Farmer Nights at the Scratch Farm and Small State Seeds: 35 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, SE.

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

Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners

Thursday, June 30 6:30PM - Wednesday, December 31 7:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Do you want to increase vegetable and fruit yields, protect pollinators, improve local food security and potentially receive a sweet bonus of honey? In this talk, experienced beekeeper Sanne Kure-Jensen will discuss honeybees’ life cycle and their favorite food plants. Learn to site apiaries, install package bees, collect honeybee swarms, harvest honey and render beeswax. Hear about equipment needs and receive a 3-season planting guide for nectar and food plants.

Sanne has been an organic grower and beekeeper for over a decade. She offers workshops on beekeeping, pollinators, ecological landscaping, composting and home brewing. Sanne also manages educational programs and outreach for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI).

Hosted by Newport Public Library at the Newport Public Library: 300 Spring Street, Newport, RI.

Contact Ann Amaral at (401) 847-8720 x107 or by e-mail for more information.