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Events: April 2017

Preventing Crop Disease and Pests – in partnership with URI

Saturday, April 1 | 9:00AM - 11:30AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Learn many practices growers can do to avoid insect and disease problems in vegetable and fruit plantings. Techniques will range from general practices for all crops to crop-specific practices. We'll also scout for pests in the Roger Williams Botanical Center. Taught by URI’s Heather Faubert. Course is free, but registration is required:

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI.

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

High Tunnel Presentation

Wednesday, April 5 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Middletown, RI | directions

Join us to visit the farms of local growers and learn about extending your growing season with a HIGH TUNNEL!

You’ll learn about federal funding opportunities, how conservation can benefit your land or business, and where you can go for help with applying for federal programs.
Learn about programs from USDA-NRCS and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts.

Tours are FREE, but please register to reserve your spot today!

Hosted by Eastern RI Conservation District at the Norman Bird Sanctuary: 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, RI.

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

Davies Spring Vendor Fair/Bazaar

Saturday, April 8 | 10:00AM - 3:00PM | Lincoln, RI | directions

Go to for details and to print registration form.

Hosted by WM Davies High School at the WM Davies High School: 50 Jencks Hill Road, Lincoln, RI.

Contact Paula Carlton at (401) 728-1500 or by e-mail for more information.

What to look for when buying livestock

Sunday, April 9 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Exeter, RI | directions | website

Hosted by Ben Coerper & Rachael Slattery of Wild Harmony Farm, this free workshop will cover important aspects of an animal's physical characteristics, management practices, breed selections and relative value while purchasing poultry, sheep, pigs and cattle.
This workshop is sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI and the Southside Community Land Trust, with support from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
Questions? Registration required (

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the Wild Harmony Farm: 366 Victory Highway, Exeter, RI.

Contact Ben Coerper at (401) 268-4555 or by e-mail for more information.

Care for Soil, Respect for Water – in partnership with URI

Tuesday, April 18 | 4:30PM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

In this free workshop we will look at what is soil actually made of, what practices can maintain and improve soil, and how your plants make a living in the soil. All living things need water, so we will also think about how water behaves in the soil, how your plants respond to the water in the soil, and how you can use it efficiently. Taught by URI’s Andy Radin. Event registration required, here:

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the Southside Community Land Trust: 109 Somerset St., Providence, RI.

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

The Growing Season Begins Greenhouse Workshop

Saturday, April 22 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Saunderstown, RI | directions | website

Earth Day is a great day to plan your spring garden. Join Casey Farm's experts in the greenhouse as they lead you through the best techniques for growing early crops like microgreens, growing potatoes in patio pots, and starting your plants from seed. After giving your plants a good start in this hands-on workshop, take them home and nurture them for your own delicious produce. The farm managers can instruct and inspire you with their experience in organic farming methods as you plan your season's planting.

Planting materials are included with registration, but please bring your own gardening gloves.

$6 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 401-295-1030 ext. 5 for more information or register online at

Hosted by Historic New England at the Casey Farm: 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, RI.

Contact Jane Hennedy at (401) 237-7474 or by e-mail for more information.