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NOFA/RI is hosting it's Annual Meeting and 7th Annual Winter Conference with workshops in organic & sustainable farm, food & garden!

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This is NOFA/RI's largest educational event of the year with a full day of workshops presented by locally known and nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture, networking sessions, our annual meeting, and a delicious potluck meal. Whether you're a farmer, gardener, community or home grower, educator, enthusiast, or eater there's something at the conference for you. Join us for a full day to learn, connect and share.

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Discounts: Groups, special considerations or scholarships, please apply with our Conference Coordinator Jason Valcourt at jason.valcourt@gmail.com to receive a CODE. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Crop Planning and Marketing for Value Added Products

SCLT Youth presenters

With support from the Governor’s Workforce Board and many other great partners, the youth workforce development programs at SCLT have grown tremendously over the past two years. The Youth Staff at SCLT now run their own farm at Somerset-Hayward in Providence, while helping to manage production at Galego Farm in Pawtucket as well. SCLT youth staff working in both Providence and Pawtucket are processing the foods they grow into value added products for sale. In Providence, this happens at West Elmwood Housing Development Authority’s Sankofa Kitchen, and in Pawtucket production happens at FarmFresh-RI’s Harvest Kitchen facility. Currently, the summer program has 44 youth employee positions, 20 in Providence and 24 in Pawtucket. In this workshop, the youth staff will talk about some of their project development work, and give you some ideas about how to foster youth employment and grow profits through value added foods on your own farm!

Farm Based Food Recovery With Hope's Harvest RI

Eva Agudelo, founder Hope’s Harvest RI

Hope's Harvest RI is Rhode Island's first farm-based food rescue organization, mobilizing volunteers to glean surplus fruits and veggies from RI farms and distribute them to people in need. This workshop will provide details on how growers can take advantage of Hope's Harvest services, including what we manage and provide (insurance, equipment, volunteer supervision) and an overview of how farmers can receive stipends for participation/contract with Hope's Harvest to grow specifically for hunger relief agencies. The workshop will also include an open discussion about long-term planning for utilizing b-grade products to serve low-income and institutional markets locally and regionally.

How To Start A Farmer’s Market In Your Neighborhood

Grace Feisthamel, Farmers Market Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA at Farm Fresh RI and João Filipe Tavares-Carreiro, Farmers Market Associate, Farm Fresh RI

Join Farm Fresh RI staff for a workshop where we will be exploring the ins and outs of planning and managing a new Farmers Market! We will cover several key topics including: (1) Market Research (Determining customer base, site location, supply/demand for locally grown products, etc.), (2) Legal Requirements (site permits, liability insurance etc.), (3) Vendor Recruitment and Retention (identifying # of vendors, types of vendors, and whether or not potential vendors meet a price point that is appropriate for your customers), (4) Operational and Management requirements and (5) Marketing (promotion and advertising) strategies for Farmers Markets.

Scaling Up! From Urban Backyards to Rural Farms

SCLT Farmers

Over the last 40 years, in a somewhat ad-hoc way, SCLT has developed a suite of programs that educate gardeners, provide them access to land, and then help them to become commercial growers by moving them through ever larger parcels of land and often onto their own farms on land outside of the SCLT network. In this workshop, SCLT staff and growers will present two case studies of growers who began with small plots of land for their families, and are now managing multi-acre, commercial enterprises with sophisticated marketing and product development strategies. The holistic approach that SCLT has developed over time, that considers all aspects of grower’s history and lifestyle in finding the right home(s) for their operation over time is one which relies on deep relationships and common respect between the organization and the farmers. Even while SCLT staff is constantly changing, the service programs are constantly strengthening, so this looks to us a good model to share for others interested in developing communal growing systems.

Small Urban Greenhouses for NRCS Pilot

Sebastian Interlandi, Director of Farmland Access and Education at Southside Community Land Trust, NOFA RI Board Member

NRCS funding is available to rural farmers for the construction of high tunnels, with payments often covering the full cost of materials and installation when the farmer does construction themselves. For urban farmers, however, there are no approved structures small enough, so NRCS support is not accessible to these farmers, putting them at an unfair disadvantage to their rural competitors. URI’s John Taylor proposed that SCLT partner with him to trial new small raised-bed greenhouse systems with urban farmers. He got the support for the project through USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants Program. We are currently working with three urban farmers from socially disadvantaged backgrounds in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls to conduct field trials and collect the data needed to prove these systems to NRCS. Once NRCS approves the structures, urban farmers all over the US will be able to access funding to construct these systems. It will be a game changer for small urban growers allowing them to see up to $25K in gross sales from a footprint of less than 750 square feet. In other words, nearly every homeowner with a sunny yard could become a cash farmer relatively quickly with this development.

Plus

How to Prepare Your Farm or Garden for Optimal Insect Control with Andy Radin, URI Extension Agent

Growing Farm Families with Michael Roberts of Roots Farm

Healthy Soils with Alby Brandon of Brandon Family Farm

How to Optimize Your Sales at Markey with Camille Abdel-Nabi, Little River Farm

Grafting Tomatoes For Commercial & Home Use, Skip Paul, Wishing Stone Farm

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