NOFA RI and SCLT host Advanced Growers Series Workshop

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Rhode Island and Southside Community Land Trust invites farmers and growers to its Advanced Grower Workshop series on Sunday, February 5th at Smith-Buonanno Hall (Room 106) at Brown University. Eliot Coleman, owner of Four Seasons Farm in, long-time organic advocate, and author of The New Organic Grower, will be teaching a workshop on high tunnel production.

• 12:00 – 4:00 PM:  Advanced Growers Workshop on High Tunnel Production. Taught by Eliot Coleman, the workshop will teach RI Farmers to maximize high tunnel vegetable production throughout the year.

• 4:30 – 6:00:  NOFA/RI Annual Meeting & Potluck (Bring a dish and your own utensils).

• 6:00 PM:  Keynote talk by Eliot Coleman and discussion “Organic Farming: The Next Steps.” This is open to the public and costs $10.

The cost for the workshop and keynote is $35. The keynote is open to the public and costs $10 (or free for NOFA members). For info, contact NOFA/RI at nofari@live.com, 401-835-2346, or 401-523-2653.

Coleman is known for producing year-long farming on his farm in Maine. Under harsh winter conditions, he uses unheated and minimally heated greenhouse structures to grow vegetables year-round. He is an advocate of small-scale organic farming and fostering strong relationships with customers.

This workshop and keynote event is brought to you by NOFA RI, the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Brown University, and Southside Community Land Trust. NOFA RI is an organization of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and environmentalists working to promote organic farming and organic land care practices. NOFA RI aims to foster a healthy relationship to the natural world through advocacy and education. Their goal is to increase the acreage of certified organic land in RI while also increasing the access of local organic food to all Rhode Islanders. NOFA RI is affiliated with the other NOFA chapters through the NOFA Interstate Council.

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