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Events: December 2014

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Impacts RI’s Farms

Tuesday, December 2 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM | Providence, RI | directions

Dr. Richard Bonanno, experienced farmer and business leader will explain how the proposed FSMA’s Produce and Preventive Control Rules will affect local farmers. This event is free and open to everyone.

Presenter:
Dr. Richard Bonanno, farmer and President of Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation. Dr. Bonanno owns and manages his family farm, Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen, MA and is an Adjunct Professor at UMass/Amherst with responsibilities in food safety issues. Dr. Bonanno is also a UMass Senior Extension Specialist responsible for vegetable and small fruit weed management.

FSMA’s Produce and Preventive Control Rules will affect small farms across New England as it is phased in over the next two years. RI farmers, processors, handlers and distributors will face increased costs and documentation requirements under FSMA rules.

Many farmers incorrectly assume they could be “exempt” from the regulations. Some farmers may be forced out of business under FSMA’s potential burdens.

Farmers, producers and consumers can help make the new rules more manageable and less burdensome for RI’s family farmers. NOFA/RI urges everyone to educate themselves on FSMA issues. The second draft of the proposed regulations was released in mid-September. Farmers will be encouraged to send comments to the FDA before the comment deadline of December 15, 2014.

The high costs of compliance (money, equipment and time) may force some small farms out of business.

Learn more about FSMA at sustainableagriculture.net/fsma and newenglandfarmersunion.org/legislation/food-safety-modernization-act. Learn how to submit comments at sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/speak-out-today. Learn more about the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation at mfbf.net.

Hosted by NOFA/RI at the Watson Institute, Brown University: 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI.

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

Farm Business Planning – Farming Smarter, Not Harder

Saturday, December 6 | 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Tune-up your business and increase your net profit with Richard Wiswall. In this workshop, you will identify your farm’s profit centers—which parts of your farm make the most money, and which may be losing money. Learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, employee management, and financial tips for success. Set aside the day to finally work on these and other important farm business concerns. The workshop will address:

- Planning for Profit: a step by step guide to increase your net profit
- Making a Profit on YOUR farm: what is making money and what isn’t
- Your marketing strategies
- The Efficient Farm Office: humorous skits and demos outline best practices
- Key farm financial statements: what they are, why they are important, and how they relate to each
- Employee management
- Quick business fixes

Learn more and register at YoungFarmerNetwork.org/Events.

Hosted by Young Farmer Network, URI, The Carrot Project, NOFA/RI, Agricultural Justice Project at the URI: 80 Washington St., Providence, RI.

Contact tess.brown.lavoie@gmail.com at (617) 599-8491 or by e-mail for more information.

Christmas on the Farm

Saturday, December 6 | 10:00AM - 4:00PM | Sutton, MA | directions | website

Join us Saturday December 6th, 2014 to celebrate Christmas on the Farm as part of the annual Sutton Chain of Lights. We will have wagon-ride tours of the farm, pony rides, and the petting zoo. Join Jake the Lion from the Worcester Bravehearts for lunch with the Sutton Lion's Club. Take your picture with our Reinstein's and tractor display. Experience Mrs. Claus' Bake Shop and her sweet Christmas treats. New this year, come meet Cabot Dairy Farmers from all throughout New England.

Hosted by Whittier Farms at the Whittier Farms: 90 Douglas, Sutton, MA.

Contact Sam Whittier at (508) 865-1096 or by e-mail for more information.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, December 6 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, December 6 | 11:30AM - 1:00PM | 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, December 6 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, December 6 | 1:30PM - 3:00PM | 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.

RI Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training

Wednesday, December 10 | 9:00AM - 3:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

RI GAP training offers important food safety information even for those not planning to become RI GAP certified. Hear about resources related to on-farm food safety practices. Refreshments, including coffee/muffins and a lunch, will be served.

RI GAP training is free.

Register or send questions to Lori Pivarnik at lpivarnik@mail.uri.edu or call (401) 874-2972 by December 1.

Hosted by University of Rhode Island at the URI East Farm: Building 75, Kingston, RI.

Contact Lori Pivarnik at (401) 874-2972 or by e-mail for more information.

Writing a Food Safety Plan (Advanced Training)

Thursday, December 11 | 9:00AM - 3:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Hear about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Produce Standards Rule, Prevention/Controls Rule, Harmonization Audit and how to writing a Food Safety Plan. Open to attendees of GAP training on Dec 10 above, whether RI GAP certified or not. Training is free.

Register or send questions to Lori Pivarnik at lpivarnik@mail.uri.edu or call (401) 874-2972 by December 1.

Hosted by University of Rhode Island at the URI East Farm: Building 75, Kingston, RI.

Contact Lori Pivarnik at (401) 874-2972 or by e-mail for more information.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, December 13 | 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, December 13 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, December 20 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, December 20 | 11:00AM - 12:30PM | 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, December 20 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, December 20 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM | 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, December 27 | 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, December 27 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, December 27 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Sunday, December 28 | 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

Monday, December 29 | 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

Monday, December 29 | 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.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Tuesday, December 30 | 10:00AM - 11:30AM | Newport, 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, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Tuesday, December 30 | 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.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Wednesday, December 31 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Wednesday, December 31 | 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

Wednesday, December 31 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM | Newport, RI | directions | website

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free parking! For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-SEAL or visit www.savebay.org/seals.

Hosted by Save the Bay at the Newport: 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Wednesday, December 31 | 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 at (401) 203-7325 or by e-mail for more information.