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Walter Marshall

(401) 822-8816


NRCS Outreach Calendar

 

The following information lists planned outreach events in Rhode Island where the Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to provide information on technical and financial assistance available.  In addition, information is also provided on recruitment efforts.

Upcoming Events:

Roger Williams Park Zoo Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration: Friday April 25, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907.  NRCS will have an exhibit table at the Environmental Fair with conservation related materials and temporary tattoos with a conservation theme for children.  Additional information on the event is available at:  http://rwpzoo.org/58/plan-your-visit/calendar-events

High Tunnel Tour-NRCS and Eastern RI Conservation District Workshop: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM, Stone Croppe Farm, 333 East Road, Tiverton, RI 02878.  Join us for an open house to learn how high tunnels can extend your growing season and control crop quality.   Also learn about funding available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other programs for agriculture, forestry, wildlife, and easements.  Call the Eastern Conservation District at (401) 816-5667 to register for this free workshop.

Rhode Island Agriculture Day at RI State House: Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 11:30 AM -5:00 PM, RI State House, Smith Street, Providence, RI.  To recognize the state’s $1.7 billion agriculture and green industries, the Department of Environmental Management will host the annual event showcasing Rhode Island’s agriculture industry with over 50 exhibitors.  There will be a large variety of locally grown foods available for sampling and speaking program at 2:00 PM in the Governor’s State Room.

High Tunnel Tour- NRCS and Southern RI Conservation District Workshop: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM, 305 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI.  Join us for an open house to learn how high tunnels can extend your growing season and control crop quality.   The high tunnel tour starts at 5:00 PM.  Also learn about funding available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other programs for agriculture, forestry, wildlife, and easements.  Call the Southern Conservation District at (401) 500-0422 to register for this free workshop. (Rain Date: May 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.) 

Rhode Island Envirothon Competition:  Friday, May 16, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Snake Den Farm, Brown Avenue, Johnston, RI.  NRCS will volunteer staff to assist in the annual RI Envirothon competition where high school students from around the State compete in trials involving Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, and sustainable agriculture/locally grown food.  For more information, please visit www.rienvirothon.org

Native Pollinator Habitat Tour - NRCS and Northern RI Conservation District Workshop: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, 836 Old Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, RI.  Join us for an open house to tour where native pollination habitat has been implemented through NRCS to encourage pollination which increases crop yields.  Learn about funding available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other programs for agriculture, forestry, wildlife, and easements.  Call the Northern Conservation District at (401) 934-0840 to register for this free workshop. (Rain Date: June 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.) 

Additional outreach events will be added as information becomes available.

Recently Completed Events:

RI Farm Energy Program Grant Assistance Workshop:  Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842.  Learn how you can save energy and money on your farm through funding and incentives available through the RI Farm Energy Program.  Call (401) 500-0399 or E-mail info@rifarmenergy.orgto register at least one week prior to the free workshop and specify Middletown location. Web site: www.rifarmenergy.org  Project of USDA-Rural Development and RI Conservation and Development Area Council.

RI Farm Energy Program Grant Assistance Workshop:  Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, West Greenwich Community Center (behind Louttit Library), 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817.  Learn how you can save energy and money on your farm through funding and incentives available through the RI Farm Energy Program.  Call (401) 500-0399 or E-mail info@rifarmenergy.orgto register at least one week prior to the free workshop and specify West Greenwich location. Web site: www.rifarmenergy.org  Project of USDA-Rural Development and RI Conservation and Development Area Council.

Open House-Workshop-NRCS Program Funding-Eastern RI Conservation District: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Mount Hope Farm-The Barn, 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809. (This event was rescheduled from Jan. 22, 2014 due to inclement weather.)  Join us for an open house to learn about funding available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other programs for agriculture, forestry, wildlife, and easements.  Stop by at your convenience any time between 5:00 and 7:00 to speak to a representative about your needs and concerns.  Call the Eastern Conservation District at (401) 816-5667 to register for this free workshop. 

Open House-Workshop-NRCS Program Funding-Southern RI Conservation District: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Louttit Library-Community Center, 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817. Join us for an open house to learn about funding available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other programs for agriculture, forestry, wildlife, and easements.  Stop by at your convenience any time between 4:30 and 6:30 to speak to a representative about your needs and concerns.  Call the Southern Conservation District at (401) 500-0422 to register for this free workshop. 

Rhode Island Flower Show:Thursday, February 20, 2014 (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM) to Sunday, February 23, (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM) Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI.More information is available at: http://www.flowershow.com/

RI Farm Energy Program Grant Assistance Workshop:  Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, RI 02857.  Learn how you can save energy and money on your farm through funding and incentives available through the RI Farm Energy Program.  Call (401) 500-0399 or E-mail info@rifarmenergy.orgto register at least one week prior to the free workshop and specify North Scituate location. Web site: www.rifarmenergy.org  Project of USDA-Rural Development and RI Conservation and Development Area Council.

URI 2014 Summer and Internship Job Fair: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston, RI. The Summer and Internship Job Fair provides the opportunity to speak with NRCS representatives about employment opportunities with the agency and the Federal government.  The event will also include representatives from other governmental and private organizations.

11th Annual Land and Water Conservation Summit: Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston Campus, Kingston, RI. NRCS is a sponsor and will also have an exhibit booth. There are dedicated timeframes for attendees to visit the exhibits but the entire event is geared towards extensive networking and 30 workshops which provide valuable educational information on conservation and environmental related issues. For more information, please visit the following Web site: http://www.landandwaterpartnership.org/summit.php

Women in Agriculture Conference: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Building, 120 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI.More information is available athttps://www.facebook.com/RIWomeninAg.  To register, please visit https://www.regonline.com/riwomeninagconference.  

URI Spring Career and Job Fair: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, URI Ryan Center Kingston, RI.The eventprovides the opportunity to speak with NRCS representatives about employment opportunities with the agency and the Federal government.  The event will also include representatives from other governmental and private organizations.

RESCHEDULED EVENT: High Tunnel Tour - NRCS and Northern RI Conservation District Workshop: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Red Planet Vegetables, 544 Greenville Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919.Join us to learn from Matt Tracy and Catherine Mardosa on how to grow your business with high tunnels which can extend the growing season and control crop quality.  In addition, learn about funding available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other programs for agriculture, forestry, wildlife, and easements.  Stop by from 4:30 and 6:30 for a discussion and tour of the facility and to speak to a representative about your needs and concerns.  Call the Northern Conservation District at (401) 934-0840 to register for this free workshop.  (This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, 2014 but was postponed due to inclement weather.) 

Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association (RIRLA) Annual Meeting :Monday, April 7, 2014 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM, West Greenwich Elks Lodge 42 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817.-NRCS will have an exhibit table at the RIRLA annual meeting which includes the business meeting and trade show.  More information may be obtained at the RIRLA Web site: http://rirla.org/meetings-events.htm