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Events: March 2015

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Sunday, March 1 | 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

Sunday, March 1 | 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.

Pancakes at the Farm

Saturday, March 7 8:00AM - Sunday, March 15 1:00PM | Rutland, MA | directions | website

Reserve a seat for Heifer Farm’s annual Pancakes at the Farm the first two weekends in March. The meal includes pancakes covered in Heifer Farm’s maple syrup and pork sausage with coffee and juice. After breakfast, tour the farm to view the maple sugaring operation, meet the newly born lambs, and explore Heifer’s Global Village. Reservations are required for the popular breakfast feast. The meal is $12.00 per adult, $6.00 per child (ages 3-10) and free for children 2 and under. To make reservations, call 508-886-2221.

Hosted by Heifer Farm at the Heifer Farm: 216 Wachusett Street, Rutland, MA.

Contact Chris Wychorski at (508) 886-2221 or by e-mail for more information.

Critters, Containers and Native Plants

Saturday, March 7 | 9:00AM - 3:00PM | Kignston, RI | directions | website

This one-day annual symposium includes keynote speakers, a panel discussion, an open marketplace, and great food. Beginning gardeners will have the chance to enter a raffle for a garden consultation with a URI Master Gardener.
Early bird tickets are $65. After January 1, the fee will increase to $75.

Doug Tallamy, "A Case for Native Plants"

Doug Tallamy is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. His extensive publications include his most recent textbook, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke and published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation, and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence. His presentation titled "A Case for Native Plants" will focus on the importance of including sustainable, native plants in our gardens.


Colleen Plimpton, "Not Tonight, Deer"
Colleen Plimpton is a professional garden communicator who has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, and penned a prize-winning newspaper column & book titled Mentors in the Garden of Life. She will entertain us with her presentation titled, "Not Tonight, Deer". Gardening in deer country demands a multifaceted approach. Included is the recipe for her never-fail deer repellent, along with other strategies for outwitting the dratted deer. She also discusses what to do about voracious voles, bodacious bunnies, greedy groundhogs, and other nefarious nabobs of the garden.



Louis Raymond, "Potted! Gardening on the Edge"

Louis Raymond combines his talents as a former opera and concert singer, his flamboyant stage presence, free-lance writing skills, and years as a landscape designer to both educate and entertain in the field he loves best - to plant, grow and nourish all things green. Louis's lecture is titled, "Potted! Gardening on the Edge." He has nearly six decades of expanding the limits of gardening in pots, pools, pans, tubs, troughs, contractor bags and garbage cans! Don't miss his very lively and informative presentation

Hosted by URI Master Gardeners at the URI Center for Biotechnology and life Siences: 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, March 7 | 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, March 7 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | 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, March 8 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | 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, March 8 | 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.

2015 Compost Conference

Monday, March 16 | 9:00AM - 3:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

This year's event is jointly sponsored by the URI Outreach Center and the Environment Council of Rhode Island. Attendees will see the state-of-the-art in composting technology and collection practices, will hear about how the hospitality industries are getting ready for full-scale composting, and will help to work together to see if we can find a way to speed up the development of the compost industry in Rhode Island.

More has happened this year in Rhode Island for the compost industry than any year since these conferences began. The Legislature passed a mandatory collection bill for large organic scrap producers. The Compost Plant has started a service collecting compostables from the food industry demonstrating the industry is ready if more providers were available and there were close-by places to compost. RIDEM has promulgated new regulations that will open up community composting to many more communities. And the Providence compost pilot project has been perking along, pulling tons of food scrap out of the trash stream, creating compost for the people. The people involved in these endeavors will be there, along with an interesting mix of speakers and exhibitors from beyond Little Rhody.

We are nearing the completion of our lineup of speakers. Currently, they include:

Dr. Robert Rafka to speak on the chemistry of compost.
Michael Bradlee, an urban compost innovator and President of Earth Appliance, Providence, RI.
Students from The Greene School discussing their school’s compost program.
Anwar Shareef of Orbit Energy Rhode Island, a corporation preparing to build an Anaerobic Digester in Johnston, RI.
Joe Carney, a food-scrap recycling leader and Catering Manager for Bon Appetit at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI.
Christine Beling from USEPA and Krystal Noiseux from RIRRC on "Food Too Good To Waste" program.
John Barth and Sam Fox from EarthCare Farm.
The day will end with a panel discussion re: implementing the new compost laws & regulations and where do we go from here. Panelists include:

State Senator V. Susan Sosnowksi, (District 37, New Shoreham, South Kingstown)
A Representative of RIDEM Office of Waste Management
A Surprise Guest
Collection of our collective food scrap has been coordinated by our partners in spreading the word on compost, ecoRI news.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $35.00 per person.

To register and arrange payment, complete the form here.

To learn about Conference sponsorship, to have a table/booth at the Trade show and more, go here.

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI Center for Biotechnology and life Siences: 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Saturday, March 21 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | 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, March 21 | 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

Sunday, March 22 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | 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, March 22 | 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, March 28 | 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

Saturday, March 28 | 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.

Winter Conference: Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants & Healthy Ecosystems

Sunday, March 29 | 8:30AM - 4:30PM | Warren, RI | directions | website

Keynote Speakers:
Jeff Lowenfels, author, lecturer and founder of Plant a Row for the Hungry
- Teaming With Microbes: The Soil Food Web
- Teaming With Nutrients, Horton Heard a Who and You Should Too

Elizabeth Henderson, experienced organic farmer and advocate of Peacework Farm and the Agricultural Justice Project.
- Five Steps to a Food Justice Farm

Other workshop topics include
- Improving Soil Health on Vegetable Farms
- Managing for Soil Health
- Welcoming Pollinators
- Woodlot and Forest Management
- How I Got Started in Farming
- GMO & Food Policy issues
- Stories from Community Gardens

Learn more about these and other events at nofari.org/events.

Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/RI) at the Hope & Main: 691 Main Street, Warren, RI.

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

Save the Bay Seal Cruise

Sunday, March 29 | 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

Sunday, March 29 | 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.