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Events: October 2014

NOFA/RI CRAFT Workshop - FSMA-Compliant Produce Handling and Building a Cooler with a Coolbot

Thursday, October 2 | 5:00PM - 5:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions | website

Rain date: October 14, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Grower, Skip Paul of Wishing Stone Farm, will discuss his approach to the upcoming FSMA produce sanitation protocols. Learn when to introduce Sanidate and compliant techniques for greens processing.

CoolBots override an air conditioner’s temperature gauge and turns an insulated room and standard household air conditioner into a walk-in cooler. Learn how Wishing Stone Farm set up their second CoolBot cooler this season. Hear about the specs, budget and permitting process.

Learn more about this and other NOFA/RI workshops and farm hosts at our Events page: http://nofari.org/events/our-events.

The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop series shares farmer experiences and best practices between farmers, farm workers, apprentices and gardeners. Workshops are free thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture which seeks to enhance farmers’ ability to grow and market their crops. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Wishing Stone Farm: Wishing Stone Farm, 25 Shaw Road, Little Compton, RI.

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

FSMA-Compliant Produce Handling and Building a Cooler with a Coolbot

Thursday, October 2 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions | website

Rain date: October 16

Skip Paul will discuss his approach to the upcoming FSMA produce sanitation protocols. Sanidate will be introduced to wash water at critical stages of greens processing. University of Vermont Extension has produced this educational video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNmimUPoFCE.

Wishing Stone Farm has set up a second coolbot this season. Learn how to build a CoolBot cooler: the specs, budget and permitting process. CoolBots override an air conditioner’s temperature gauge and turns an insulated room and standard household air conditioner into a walk-in cooler.

Everyone is welcome. This workshop is free thanks to a generous Specialty Crop grant from the RI DEM, Division of Agriculture.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Wishing Stone Farm: 25 Shaw Road, Little Compton, RI.

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

The Wisdom of the Bees

Friday, October 3 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Richmond, RI | directions | website

The Wisdom of the Bees
October 3, 7 – 9 pm

Everyone should have an interest in beekeeping as our very lives depend on it. ~ Rudolf Steiner. Honeybees play an essential role in the production of 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you will eat today. Join world-renowned beekeeper Gunther Hauk– author of "Toward Saving the Honeybee" and co-founder of the Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary– to learn about the unique and complex life of the bee colony and what you can do to support the future of these fascinating creatures.
Admission: $10
Please pre-register by email: AdultEd@meadowbrookschool.com

Hosted by Meadowbrook School at the Meadowbrook School: 300 Kingstown Road, Richmond, RI.

Contact Staff at (401) 491-9570 or by e-mail for more information.

Biodynamic Beekeeping

Saturday, October 4 | 9:00AM - 3:30PM | Richmond, RI | directions | website

Saturday ~ Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop
October 4, 9 am – 3:30 pm

For advanced, beginning and aspiring beekeepers.
Learn organic practices that support and work in harmony bees. how the honeybee colony functions as a “super-organism” the difference between naturally and artificially raised queens natural honeycomb versus wax/plastic foundations swarming and the right or wrong time for making splits mite monitoring; biodynamic measures and treatments Light refreshments provided but please bring your own lunch.
Tuition: $60 (Sliding scale available on request) Please pre-register for these events by email: adultEd@meadowbrookschool.com

Hosted by Meadowbrook School at the Meadowbrook School: 300 Kingstown Road, Richmond, RI.

Contact Staff at (401) 491-9570 or by e-mail for more information.

Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair

Saturday, October 4 10:00AM - Sunday, October 5 5:00PM | Middletown, RI | directions | website

Help support environmental education and local craftspeople, farmers, and chefs around Rhode Island. On the 40th annual Harvest Fair you will be able to taste and view some of Rhode Island's best. With contests from the best apple pie to the most unusual vegetable there is something for everyone.

Hosted by The Norman Bird Sanctuary at the Norman Bird Sanctuary: 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI.

Contact Pat Galuska at (401) 847-7315 or by e-mail for more information.

Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo

Saturday, October 4 10:00AM - Sunday, October 5 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

This two day event allows you to hear talks from chefs, authors, and culinary experts. This year you will be able to try dishes from regions in the US and the world. On the last day there will be a scavenger hunt in downtown Providence, you and your team will look for clues in local restaurants. All in all this is a good event for anyone who is curious about food.

Hosted by Taste Trekkers at the Providence Biltmore: 11 Dorrance St, Providence, RI.

Contact http://tastetrekkers.com/contac for more information.

Good Earth Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 4 | 10:00AM - 4:00PM | Cranston, RI | directions | website

Join us for the 2nd annual Harvest Festival to celebrate the gifts of the growing season! Listen to live music, dine on delicious food, browse creations from local artists, and sharpen your storage skills at each of our food preservation stations:

Canning • Fermenting • Dehydrating • Pickling • Preserving Herbs • Freezing

ON-SITE SCREENPRINTING
Bring a t-shirt, tote bag or clothing item and get it screenprinted by a local artist with a Good Earth Harvest Festival design!

It will be a fun and educational event, allowing you to leave with a bounty of knowledge on the many modes of food preservation! There will be free raffles and crafts for kids too- don't miss it!

FREE Admission & FREE Parking

Hosted by The Good Earth at the The Good Earth Organic Gardening Center: 1800 Scituate Ave., Cranston, RI.

Contact John at (401) 826-3130 or by e-mail for more information.

Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 5 | 10:00AM - 4:00PM | Cranston, RI | directions | website

Join us for the 2nd annual Harvest Festival to celebrate the gifts of the growing season! This is a FREE event, open to the public.

Listen to live music, dine on delicious food, browse creations from local artists, and sharpen your food storage skills! Learn at each of our food preservation stations about canning, fermenting, pickling, freezing, preserving herbs, and dehydrating.

There will be on-site screen printing too! So bring a t-shirt, tote bag or clothing item and get it screenprinted by a local artist with a Good Earth Harvest Festival design!

It will be a fun and educational event, allowing you to leave with a bounty of knowledge on the many modes of food preservation. There will be free raffles and crafts for kids too- don't miss it!

Hosted by The Good Earth at the Good Earth Organic Farm: 1800 Scituate Ave, Cranston, RI.

Contact Molly Hagan at (401) 497-2355 or by e-mail for more information.

Farm-to-Table

Sunday, October 5 | 3:00PM - 7:00PM | North Smithfield, RI | directions | website

FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER EVENT

When: Sunday, October 5th from 3-7pm
What: Farm-to-Table community dinner event
What this looks like: we harvest the vegetables from the farm, help prepare the meal, and then enjoy it together (vegetarian and gluten free options available)
Where: Green Acres Farm in North Smithfield, RI
Who: YOU, friends, family, other farmers and community members, allied health community members, etc
How much: $30 donation for a ticket ONLY sold prior to the event (limited tickets available; cash or checks made out to the RIANP) Contact Marcy (see info below) to purchase ticket(s).

All donations will be going to the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and our efforts to raise awareness about naturopathic medicine as well as towards our lobbying efforts at the legislative level.

If you have any questions, please contact Marcy via email at marcy@leavesofchangemedicine.com or via phone at 508-343-0580.

Hosted by Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians at the Green Acres Farm: 51 Farm Street, North Smithfield, RI.

Contact Marcy Feibelman at (508) 343-0580 for more information.

Sid Wainer & Son 100th Anniversary Party

Saturday, October 11 | 9:00AM - 5:00PM | New Bedford, MA | directions

Sid Wainer & Son is proud to invite food lovers to join them in celebrating their 100th anniversary. The celebration will take place at the Gourmet Outlet at 2301 Purchase St. in New Bedford on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events will include a book signing by Karen Covey, author of “The Coastal Table: Recipes Inspired by the Farmlands and Seaside of Southern New England”. There will also be opportunities to meet the Sid Wainer chefs and to learn recipes that incorporate Sid Wainer & Son’s exclusive Jansal Valley® products. No registration or ticket required.

“As we hit our 100th anniversary, we wanted to express our thanks to the community and to our employees,” said Allie Wainer, the fourth generation to join the company. “They are really why we are here today.” According to Allie, 20 percent of Sid Wainer & Son employees have been with the company for more than 10 years. The Gourmet Outlet was started by Sid Wainer & Son to make fresh produce and specialty food items available to the public. The company views the Gourmet Outlet as a way to support the community, interact directly with family and friends, and to test market new items. Local chefs can often be found at the Gourmet Outlet, shopping and tasting new food.

Sid Wainer & Son, a family owned business, is an important piece of New Bedford history. The company was started by Henry Wainer in 1914. In those days, product was sourced from the South Coast of New England and was delivered to customers using a horse and buggy. Today, Sid Wainer & Son procures the finest specialty items from around the world and delivers to customers nationwide. Additionally, Sid Wainer & Son works closely with local farms to be able to supply locally grown fruits and vegetables. This includes their own Jansal Valley Farm located in Dartmouth and their own greenhouses in New Bedford.

Hosted by Sid Wainer & Son at the The Gourmet Outlet: 2301 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA.

Contact Gourmet Outlet at (508) 999-6408 for more information.

Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 11 10:00AM - Sunday, October 12 5:00PM | Stockbridge, MA | directions | website

Celebrate autumn with popular family activities, continuous live entertainment, 113 food and craft vendors, educational workshops, a farmers market, silent auction and numerous tag sales, a spectacular plant and bulb sale, Hall of Pumpkins and a Haunted House. Garden parking is free. Adults $5, children under 12 Free

Hosted by Berkshire Botanical Garden at the Berkshire Botanical Garden: Intersection of Rtes 102-183, Stockbridge, MA.

Contact Amy Colter at (413) 298-3926 or by e-mail for more information.

2014 Apple Festival

Saturday, October 11 11:00AM - Sunday, October 12 4:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions

Saturday October 11th
Charlie Santo’s Bluegrass Band 11-2pm
Crossfire 2-4 pm

Sunday October 12th
Patty and Buster’s Bluegrass Band 11-12 pm
Polly’s Spindle Rock River Rats band 12-2 pm
Otis Reed’s Oldies Rock-n-roll 2-4 pm

Fun activities $$$
Apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin picking and painting, face-painting $5.00 Parking

Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Road, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Karla Young by e-mail for more information.

URI Sustainability Week: Celebrating 100 years of Cooperative Extension

Tuesday, October 14 8:00AM - Thursday, October 16 6:00PM | Kignston, RI | directions

The Human Battery
Time: 10:30-11:30AM
Hosted by URI Energy Fellows
Location: URI Quad, Ending in the Memorial Union
Put into perspective the amount of energy you create each day. We’ll show the electric output of human activity in the form of a one mile run on campus. Prizes awarded to the highest output!


Carpool Networking Event
Time: 11:30-12:30PM
Hosted by URI Energy Fellows
Location: Memorial Union Atrium 2
Supporting sustainable transportation and bringing students together to reduce carbon emissions. Meet people in your area over lunch and find your carpool match.


Rhody Goes Green Workshop
Hosted by the URI Sustainability Office and URI Student Action for Sustainability
Location: Memorial Union Atrium 2
Learn about URI’s sustainability efforts and understand daily choices you can make on campus to become more green!
Evening Activities

Creating a Functional Landscape for Pollinators
Time: 5:30-6:30PM
Hosted by Vanessa Venturini, URI Outreach Center
Location: Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) Room 452
Transform your yard into a haven for pollinators, beneficial insects and other organisms using a few basic principles and a colorful array of plants. Whether you’re planting a butterfly, shade or edible garden, we’ll show you how to use the new, online Rhode Island Native Plant Guide to find the right plant for the right place for a variety of functions.


4-H Science Night
Time: 6:00-8:00PM
Hosted by Heidi Wright and Marcia Morreira, 4-H Program
Location: Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) Atrium, Room 152, and Room 252
Youth ages 9 and up are invited to take part in the 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment: Rockets to the Rescue, the world’s largest, youth-led science experiment. Youth will work in teams to design and build a prototype aerodynamic craft designed to deliver a payload of food to natural disaster victims. Youth will also enjoy the sweet science of ice cream, a tasty experiment that demonstrates energy transfer within an endothermic reaction.


Film Screening: “Plastic Paradise”
Time: 6:30-9:30PM
Hosted by the URI Sustainability Office & URI Recycling Department
Location: Swan Hall Auditorium
“Plastic Paradise”, an award-winning documentary focused on the impacts of our waste, plastic use, and sustainability. Enjoy some snacks and talk trash with us after the film!

Botanical Garden & Campus Tree Identification Tour
Time: 11:00-12:00PM
Hosted by Heather Faubert and Larry Englander, URI Department of Plant Sciences

Starting location: URI Quad

What’s up with trees? These remarkable solar cells provide us with the oxygen we breathe, the evaporative cooling and soothing shade we seek in summer. Our campus is replete with trees which were planted as lasting, trans-generational commemorations of historic events and noteworthy people. Trees represent the pinnacle of successful succession and adaptation. What’s not to love about trees? Come learn about URI's trees with Plant Sciences Professor Larry Englander.


Modern Mapping in RI and the URI Cooperative Extension Connection
Time: 1:30-2:30PM
Hosted by URI Environmental Data Center & Cooperative Extension’s Geospatial Program
Location: Weaver Auditorium, Kingston Coastal Institute
Did you know that Rhode Island has one of the most extensive digital databases in the country for mapping? Learn about the tools and data available for mapping Rhode Island and how to access them in this lively one-hour presentation.


Distinguished Visiting Artist Martin Keil
Time: 12:00-2:00PM
Hosted by Norbert Mundorf, Harrington School of Communication
Location: Center of Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) Atrium and Room 452
Dr. Mundorf's COM/SUS315 students and the new Sustainability LLC will display materials related to waste on campus and demonstrate initial ideas for this year's Distinguished Visiting Artist Project REUSE. Pizza with local ingredients will be available and donated by URI Food Services.


Inspire the Change You Want to See
Time: 2:00-3:00PM
Hosted by Amy Cabaniss, URI Outreach Center
Location: Center of Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) 252
Sustainability depends on behavior change. Learn how to effectively motivate environmentally responsible behavior through community-based social marketing.
Evening Activities

History of Apple Growing in RI
Time: 5:30-6:00PM
Hosted by Heather Faubert, Plant Sciences Department
Location: Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) Room 152
Come learn about apple growing in Rhode Island since William Blackstone planted the first orchard to the present celebration of 100 years of the RI Fruit Growers Association.


Food Preservation Demonstration
Time: 6:00-8:00PM
Hosted by Sejal Lanterman and Nicole Richard, Food Safety Education Program
Location: Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) Room 152
Growing food and supporting local farmers is on the rise. Learn how you can safely preserve the bounty to enjoy year round!


Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
Time: 5:00-6:30PM
Hosted by URI Energy Fellows & Ocean State Clean Cities
Location: URI Outreach Center
Get a chance to ride shotgun in an electric vehicle. We’re collaborating with Ocean State Clean Cities to support sustainable transportation and educate about the benefits and impacts of electric vehicles.


Putting the Garden to Bed: Fall Gardening Activities
Time: 6:00-7:30PM
Hosted by Rosanne Sherry, URI Outreach Center
Location: Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS) Room 452
It’s never too late to be planting your fall ornamentals and preparing for next year. Learn some new sustainable techniques for your fall garden and future gardening endeavors!
Celebrating Sustainability Week and Cooperative Extension
Time: 11:00-3:00PM
Hosted by URI Cooperative Extension in the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences and the URI Sustainability Office
Location: URI Quad (Rain Location: Memorial Union Ballroom)
Check out what URI’s Cooperative Extension departments, the URI Sustainability Office, URI student groups, and various University departments have to offer to celebrate Sustainability Week and honor Cooperative Extension’s 100th Anniversary. Chat with department representatives to learn how to become a part of their team, enter a solar sprint car race, exchange your light bulbs for new efficient versions, carve a pumpkin to display in the Botanical Gardens, sign up for URI Zip Car, enter contests, taste some local food, and so much more!


Open House at URI Botanical Gardens
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Hosted by the URI Outreach Center
Location: URI Botanical Gardens (behind the URI Outreach Center)
Join us as we conclude Sustainability Week. Help us light up the Botanical Gardens and meet the faculty, staff, and students that contributed to the week’s events. Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI: Upper College Rd, Kignston, RI.

Contact Mamie Chen at (401) 874-2900 or by e-mail for more information.

URI Master Composter Training

Saturday, October 18 8:00AM - Saturday, October 25 3:30PM | Kignston, RI | directions | website

The URI Master Composter Program trains volunteers to compost and to become advocates for composting and recycling within their local community and around the state. To earn the title 'URI Master Composter,' participants must complete both days of training and a volunteer commitment of at least 30 hours.

Lecture Topics
This two-day training will be a combination of lectures and field trips throughout Rhode Island.
Compost fundamentals
Vermicomposting
Science of composting
Waste & resource management in RI

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI Pharmacy Building: 7 Greenhouse Road, Kignston, RI.

Contact Mamie Chen at (401) 874-2900 or by e-mail for more information.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, October 18 | 10:00AM - 11:30AM | Westerly, RI | directions | website

Join Save The Bay and Stonington Historial Society for a 90-minute naturecruise aboard our education vessel. We'll venture down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay to learn about the history, winter wildlife, and environmental issues in our region. For more information, please call 401.203.SEAL (7325) or visit savebay.org/seal

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Viking Marina: 19 Margin Street, Westerly, RI.

Contact Save the Bay by e-mail for more information.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, October 18 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | Westerly, RI | directions | website

Join Save The Bay and Stonington Historial Society for a 90-minute naturecruise aboard our education vessel. We'll venture down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay to learn about the history, winter wildlife, and environmental issues in our region. For more information, please call 401.203.SEAL (7325) or visit savebay.org/seal

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Viking Marina: 19 Margin Street, Westerly, RI.

Contact Save the Bay by e-mail for more information.

2014 Food Truck Festival

Saturday, October 25 | 11:00AM - 4:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

The Food Truck Festival is an annual event that travels around the region. This year they have events in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and their last stop is Rhode Island. There will be 20+ food trucks at the Yachting Center, so come hungry! Tickets are $5 and children under 12 can go for free.

Hosted by Food Truck Festivals of New England at the Newport Yachting Center: 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI.

Contact Anne Marie for more information.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, October 25 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM | Westerly, RI | directions | website

Join Save The Bay and Stonington Historial Society for a 90-minute naturecruise aboard our education vessel. We'll venture down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay to learn about the history, winter wildlife, and environmental issues in our region. For more information, please call 401.203.SEAL (7325) or visit savebay.org/seal

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Viking Marina: 19 Margin Street, Westerly, RI.

Contact Save the Bay by e-mail for more information.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, October 25 | 4:00PM - 5:30PM | Westerly, RI | directions | website

Join Save The Bay and Stonington Historial Society for a 90-minute naturecruise aboard our education vessel. We'll venture down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay to learn about the history, winter wildlife, and environmental issues in our region. For more information, please call 401.203.SEAL (7325) or visit savebay.org/seal

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Viking Marina: 19 Margin Street, Westerly, RI.

Contact Save the Bay by e-mail for more information.

Fishermen's Community Seafood Dinner

Saturday, October 25 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM | South Kingston, RI | directions

Join fishermen and community members to celebrate the variety of seafood caught by Rhode Island boats. This won't be your typical seafood feast: we're focusing on abundant yet underappreciate species. Once you taste them, you'll wonder why they're so often overlooked!
Led by Point Judith fisherman Rodman Sykes of the F/V Virginia Marise, this event will feature an array of the following: dogfish, sea robins, skate, scup, bluefish, whiting, butterfish, squid, and mussels. Rodman and his friends will donate their catch, prepare the meal, and be present to answer all your questions about where your seafood comes from!

Incorporating a greater variety of species into the seafood market is critical to the wellbeing of marine ecosystems and community fishermen. At this event, you will learn how to become a more engaged local seafood consumer -- and what a sea robin tastes like!

Proceeds will benefit Eating with the Ecosystem, a small nonprofit that endeavors to create a place-based approach to sustainable seafood through collaboration with fishermen, scientists, consumers, and chefs.

The dinner will be buffet-style and seating will be rotational, so arrive anytime -- as long as tickets last. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door or for $17 through this link. There will be a cash bar.

To contact by email - sarah@eatingwiththeecosystem.org

Hosted by Eating with the Ecosystem at the South Kingstown Elks Lodge: 60 Belmont Ave, South Kingston, RI.

Contact Sarah Schumann at (401) 297-6273 for more information.