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NRCS Outreach Calendar

Contact:
Walter Marshall
(401) 822-8816


PDF of 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:

 

Spring Workshops for Farm and Forest Land Owners: Learn About NRCS and the RI Conservation Districts 2018 Program Funding-Environmental Quality Incentives Generous Financial Assistance Available! April 20 Deadline for Application Submissions: Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island?  Join Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts for a free workshop on generous technical and financial assistance available for practices such as forest management plans, seasonal high tunnels, soil health improvements and more!  Also information will be provided about RI Conservation District’s other programs and projects in Providence, Kent, and Washington counties as well as the Farm, Forest, and Open Space tax program.

Monday, April 9, 2018 at 6 PM, Ashaway Fire Dept. - Community Room,213 Main Street, Ashaway, RI 02804
This program is free, but please visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422 to RSVP.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6 PM, Greenville Public Library - Recital Room 573 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI 02828
This program is free, but please visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840 to RSVP.

Rhode Island Raised Livestock Annual Meeting and Ag Exhibitor Trade Show: Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Coventry-West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Road (Route 3) West Greenwich, RI, More information is available at www.rirla.org.

Spring High Tunnel Tour: Join Us at Skinny Dip Farm and Learn How Seasonal High Tunnels Improve Soil Health and Extend the Growing Season-April 20 Deadline for Application Submissions: Join Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts for a free high tunnel workshop which will showcase benefits of high tunnels, and highlight generous technical and financial assistance available for practices such as forest management plans, seasonal high tunnels, soil health improvements and more!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM, Skinny Dip Farm, 85 Willow Avenue, Little Compton, RI 02837
This program is free, but please visit sricd.org or call 401-934-0842 to RSVP.

RI Envirothon Competition: Friday, May 18, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Goddard Memorial Park, Ives Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818.  The one-day event marks the culmination of a year of dedicated, hard work for high school students from around the State who will compete in teams to address environmental issues in four subject areas which include aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils and land use, plus one special environmental issue which changes annually. More information is available at:  http://www.rienvirothon.org/

Rhode Island Agriculture Day at RI State House: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 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.

For more information, please visit the NRCS Outreach Calendar located under In the News on the NRCS Web Site: www.ri.nrcs.usda.gov.

Additional outreach events will be added as information becomes available.

 

Completed Events:

Woods and Water: A Fall Forestry Tour: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Rittling’s Tree Farm, 252 Tomaquag Road, Hopkinton, RI.  Join RI Tree Farm, NRCS, RIRC&D, and RI Conservation Districts where local experts will provide a free tour to learn about: Wetlands in your woods, why they matter and what they mean for you; Protecting streams in your woods; Creating a forest management plan for your property; The RI Tree Farm Program; and Federal funding opportunities available for your property.  To register, call (401) 500-0399 or visit www.rircd.org.

2015 Government & Non-Profit Career Fair: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Johnson and Wales University, Pepsi Forum Auditorium, 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903. The Government & Non-Profit Career 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. 

Healthy Soils, Clean Water: Techniques to Improve Your Farm’s Soil Health and Water Resources: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (Refreshments to follow.), Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.  Join us for this special event at historic Greenvale Vineyards to meet with other Eastern RI producers as well as representatives from state and federal agencies and RI’s Conservation Districts to learn about programs and techniques that will benefit your business and land’s resources.  To register, please visit EasternRIConservation.org or call (401) 934-0840.

URI 2015 Fall Internship and Job Fair: Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston, RI. The Fall Internship and 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.

The Challenge of Habitat Restoration - Salt Marshes: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Audubon Environmental Education Center (parking lot), 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI.  Join the RI Wild Plant Society for a tour led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s District Conservationists John Richard and Melissa Hayden.  See the results of culverts installed and channels redefined to help water flow and to aid fish passage where the area was cleared of invasives and is one of the only spots in RI with native phragmities.  To register, please visit www.riwps.org/event/habitat-restoration-salt-marsh/. ($10 fee, $5 fee for RIWPS members.)

Climate Change and Rhode Island Forests: Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, 2015, Audubon Society of Rhode Island Headquarters, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 02917.  Join the RI Woodland Partnership, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub for one or two workshops that will help foresters, land trusts, woodland owners, and conservation professionals integrate information related to climate change and forests into their stewardship and conservation activities.  For additional information and to register for the free workshops, please visit www.forestadaptation.org/RI.

An Introduction to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts: Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island?  Join us for a free workshop to learn how to apply for NRCS federal funding in December for your best chance to secure funding in 2016.  Funding is available for forest management plans, farm conservation plans, high tunnels, soil nutrient management, trail creation for forestry activities, and much more!

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Jesse M. Smith Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, RI 02830.  To register, visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Sandywoods 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0840

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Crandall House Main Floor, 188 Main Street, Ashaway, RI 02804.  To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of RI Winter Conference: Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People: Sunday, February 28, 2016 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Hope and Main, 691 Hope Street, Warren, RI.  Our 2016 Winter Conference will feature a full day of workshops with regionally and nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture as well as influential speakers from across southeast New England. For more information, please visit http://nofari.org/events/winter-conference.

Women in Agriculture Conference: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Alpine Country Club, 251 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI 02921. An exciting conference just for women involved in agriculture.  The 2016 Rhode Island Women in Agriculture Conference will bring together farmers, educators, agricultural service providers and others to build production and business skills, share educational and organizational strategies, and forge new connections all aimed at expanding the success of women in sustainable agriculture. To learn more and register for this event, please visit the following Web site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-ri-women-in-ag-conference-tickets-20866155232?aff=ebrowse.

URI 2016 Summer and Internship Job Fair: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 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.

Scituate Conservation Commission and Scituate Land Trust 14th Annual Meeting: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 7:00 -9:00 PM, Chopmist Hill Center, Chopmist Hill Road (Route 102), North Scituate, RI. Gary Casabona, RI NRCS State Biologist will present “The Birds and The Bees” to highlight which plant species are best for attracting pollinators to your property and how you go about planting them.

13th Annual Land and Water Conservation Summit: Saturday, March 19, 2016 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

Urban Farming, Scrub/Shrub Habitat, Monarch Butterfly/Native Bee Habitat Workshop: Learn About New 2016 Initiatives: Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island?  Join Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts for a free workshop on new initiatives and how to apply for NRCS federal funding.  Also learn about applying for the Farm, Forest, and Open Space tax program which can reduce property taxes liability for many qualifying ag and forest land owners.  Funding is available for forest management plans, farm conservation plans, high tunnels, soil nutrient management, trail creation for forestry activities, and much more!

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Hope Associates’ Howland Barn, 1 Ryefield Road, Hope (Scituate), RI 02831. To register, visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0842.

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879.  To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.

For more information, please visit the Events page on the NRCS Web Site: www.ri.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

Rhode Island Raised Livestock Annual Meeting and Ag Exhibitor Trade Show: Monday, April 4, 2016 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Coventry-West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Road (Route 3) West Greenwich, RI, More information is available at www.rirla.org.

URI Spring Career and Job Fair: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, URI Ryan Center Kingston, RI. The event 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.

Earth Day - Roger Williams Park Zoo Party for the Planet: Friday, April 22, 2016 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI. More information is available at: http://www.rwpzoo.org/calendar-event/party-planet

RI Coverts Cooperator Class: Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016 Camp Canonicus Exeter, RI, (May 11, 2016 evening session-optional).  The RI Coverts Project is an educational program designed to help forest landowners promote the development of critical wildlife habitats using sound forest management practices that can make wildlife healthier, more diverse, and abundant.  More information is available at http://www.rircd.org or by contacting Paul Dolan at 401- 500-0399 or rircd228@gmail.com.

Rhode Island Agriculture Day at RI State House: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 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.

RI Envirothon Competition: Friday, May 20, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Kent County YMCA, 900 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI 02886.  The one-day event marks the culmination of a year of dedicated, hard work for high school students from around the State who will compete in teams to address environmental issues in four subject areas which include aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils and land use, plus one special environmental issue which changes annually.

RI Fiber Fest and Craft Fair-Coggeshall Farm and Museum:  Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 AM – 5:00 PM, Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI.  The art of producing and working with natural fibers and traditional craft skills will take center stage at the 9th Annual Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair at Coggeshall Farm Museum.  Against a backdrop of a working 18th-century farm, artisans and craftspeople from across the Northeast will come together for a day of public celebration and exhibition.

Rhode Island Farm Energy Program Farm Tour: Knight Farm and Restaurant, Friday, June 10, 2016, 2:00 to 3:00 PM, 1 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857 Are you a Rhode Island farmer curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices for your farm?  This tour will highlight renewable energy and energy practices implemented on the farm.  Learn about energy program funding and incentives provided from several sources including USDA’s Rural Development, Commerce RI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.  E-mail info@rifarmenergy.org or call (401) 500-0399 to register and NOTE WHICH workshop you plan to attend!

Rhode Island Farm Energy Program Workshops: Are you a Rhode Island farmer curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices for your farm?  These workshops provide information on the new RI Ag-Energy Grant along with energy program funding and incentives from USDA’s Rural Development, Commerce RI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.  E-mail info@rifarmenergy.org or call (401) 500-0399 to register and NOTE WHICH workshop you plan to attend!

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, West Greenwich Community Center (behind Louttit Library) 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02842.

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Tiverton Library, 35 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI 02878.

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, North Scituate Library, 606 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, RI 02857.

 

Caring for Your Woods: A Workshop and Tour: Saturday, June 25, 2016, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Stone Laurel Farm, Preservation Way, Tiverton, RI 02878.   Join NRCS, RIRC&D, and RI Conservation Districts where local experts will provide a free tour to learn about caring for your wetlands, chainsaw safety, firewood markings, trails layout, and federal funding and assistance available to you!.  To register, e-mail rircd2283@gmail.com or call (401) 500-0399 or visit www.rircd.org

PDF of Flyer

Summer Farm Tours-Farm Energy Programs: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts: Join us to visit one of three successful Rhode Island farm businesses with a focus on farm energy programs.  Learn how to apply for funding and technical assistance for farm energy improvements through NRCS.  Also meet with representatives from various organizations to learn about farm energy programs including grants and financial assistance available through Rural Development, RI Resource Conservation and Development Council, (RI RC&D), Commerce RI, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.  PDF of Flyer

 

Monday, July 18, 2016, 5:00 PM, Wishing Stone Farm, 25 Shaw Road, Little Compton, RI 02837.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call (401) 934-0842.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 5:30 PM, Confreda Greenhouses and Farms, 2150 Scituate Avenue, Hope, RI 02831.  To register, visit www.nricd.org or call 401-934-0840

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 5:30 PM, Breene Hollow Farm, 21 D Victory Highway, West Greenwich RI 02817.  To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.

Habitat Forestry Tour at Audubon Society’s Eppley Preserve: A Workshop and Tour: Saturday, July 23, 2016, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Audobon’s Eppley Preserve, 255 Kingston Road, Exeter, RI 02892.  Join the Wildlife Management Institute, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, NRCS, and other conservation partners where local experts will provide a free tour to learn about the importance of young forest habitat in beautiful Eppley Preserve.  To register, please contact Kathryn Zuromski by July 22 at (401) 688-6876 or via E-mail at kat.zuromski@gmail.com. For more information, please visit http://youngforest.orgPDF of Flyer

Save the Date for the Small Scale Forestry Program’s Fall Workshop! Thursday, September 8, 2016. 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.  Topics will include wildlife habitat, forest insects and disease, invasive species, and alternative forest products.  Registration information coming soon!

A Walk in the Woods: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts:PDF of Flyer Join us to visit the woodlots of two private landowners who are using active forest management to improve the health of their woodlots and increase their enjoyment of their properties.  Topics will include forest management plans, managing for wildlife, federal funding opportunities, forest health challenges and how to approach them, creation of trails, thinning, and many more!  Tours are free but please register to reserve your spot today!

 

            Thursday, October 13, 2016, 5:00 PM, 19 Biscuit Hill Road, Foster, RI 02858.  To register,visit www.nricd.org or call 401-934-0840.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5:00 PM, 66 Shannock Hill Road, Carolina, RI 02812.  To register, visit www.sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.

An Autumn Farm Tour at Sandywoods Farm: Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts:PDF of Flyer  Learn how voluntary conservation works and benefits Rhode Island’s farmers.  Sandywoods has an extensive community garden and has worked with NRCS to install a seasonal high tunnel and other voluntary conservation measures that increase crop yields and help preserve Rhode Island’s environment.  This event will also include a soil health demonstration from Jim Turenne of NRCS and plenty of time to have your questions answered.  To see a similar soil health rainfall simulator demonstration, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGzIZSX7fbQ

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5:00 PM, Sandywoods 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0842

Rhode Island Farm Energy Program "Ask the Installer" Workshop: PDF of Flyer Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, West Greenwich Community Center (behind Louttit Library) 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817.  Are you a Rhode Island farmer curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices for your farm?  Stop by and ask the installer's your questions.  This workshop provide information on the various renewable energy technologies available and the various grants assistance programs available.  Sources include the new RI Ag-Energy Grant along with energy program funding and incentives from USDA’s Rural Development, Commerce RI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.  For more information E-mail info@rifarmenergy.org or call (401) 500-0399!

2016 Government & Non-Profit Career Fair: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Johnson and Wales University, Pepsi Forum Auditorium, 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903. The Government & Non-Profit Career 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.

URI 2016 Fall Internship and Job Fair: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston, RI. The Fall Internship and 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.

Preparing Your Land For the New Year With USDA NRCS and RI’s Conservation Districts!: (PDF of Flyer) Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island?  Join us for a free workshop to learn about programs for farm and forest land owners and operators.  Funding is available for forest management plans, farm conservation plans, high tunnels, soil nutrient management, trail creation for forestry activities, and much more! You’ll also learn about the newly revised Conservation Stewardship Program and Conservation Client Gateway, a new way to interact with USDA NRCS online.

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 5:45 Presentation, 6:00 to 7:00 PM Open House, Cumberland Public Library, Hayden Center, Meeting Room 2, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI 02864.  To register, visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:45 Presentation, 6:00 to 7:00 PM Open House, Portsmouth Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0842.

Winter Workshops for Farm and Forest land Owners: Learn About New 2017 CSP Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Programs: Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island?  Join Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts for a free workshop on new initiatives and how to apply for NRCS federal funding.  Funding is available for forest management plans, farm conservation plans, high tunnels, soil nutrient management, trail creation for forestry activities, and much more!

 

Monday, January 9, 2017, 5:30 to 6:30 PM, North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, RI 02857. To register, visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 5:30 to 6:30 PM, Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI 02878.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0842.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:00 to 6:30 PM, Narragansett Indian Longhouse, 4375 South County trail, Charlestown, RI 02813.  To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.

           Register for these free events and stay posted on possible snow dates!

 

Northeast Aquaculture 2017 Conference and Exposition: January 11-13, 2017 Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI.

Rhode Island Farm Energy Program Workshops: (PDF of Flyer) Are you a Rhode Island farmer curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices for your farm?  These workshops provide information on the new RI Ag-Energy Grant Program along with energy program funding and incentives from USDA’s Rural Development, Commerce RI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.  E-mail info@rifarmenergy.org or call (401) 500-0399 to register and NOTE WHICH workshop you plan to attend!

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, West Greenwich Community Center (behind Louttit Library) 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02842.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, North Scituate Library, 606 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, RI 02857.

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Tiverton Library, 35 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI 02878.

NRCS and Xerces Society One-Day Workshop - Conservation Planning for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects-Select One of Two Dates: Tuesday, February 28th, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM OR Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI

The Xerces Society's Pollinator Program is pleased to announce one upcoming short course in South Kingstown, RI, in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  This full day workshop, instructed by Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society and Gary Casabona of the NRCS, will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in ag landscapes.  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edr0f8f757e30728&llr=tnjebhdab

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of RI Winter Conference: Sunday, March 5, 2017 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Hope and Main, 691 Hope Street, Warren, RI.  Our 2017 Winter Conference will feature a full day of workshops with regionally and nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture as well as influential speakers from across southeast New England. For more information, please visit http://nofari.org/events/winter-conference

URI 2016 Summer and Internship Job Fair: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 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.

Annual Land and Water Conservation SummitSaturday, March 11, 2017 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

High Tunnel Tours and Workshops: Learn How to Extend Your Growing Season with a High Tunnel! PDF of Flyer Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts: Join us to visit one of three successful Rhode Island farms where high tunnels successfully extended their growing season.  You will learn about federal funding opportunities, how conservation practices can benefit your land or business, and where you can get help with applying for federal programs.

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 PM, Brandon Family Farm, 592 Fairgrounds Road, West Kingston, RI 02892.  To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Blue Skys Farm located at Urban Edge Farm, 35 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI 02921.  To register, visit www.nricd.org or call 401-934-0840.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 5:30 – 7;00 PM, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 3rd Beach Road, Middletown, RI 02842.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call (401) 934-0842.

 

URI Spring Career and Job Fair: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, URI Ryan Center Kingston, RI. The event 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.

Rhode Island Raised Livestock Annual Meeting and Ag Exhibitor Trade ShowMonday, April 10, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Coventry-West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Road (Route 3) West Greenwich, RI, More information is available at www.rirla.org.

Earth Day - Roger Williams Park Zoo Party for the Planet: Friday, April 18, 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI. More information is available at: http://www.rwpzoo.org/calendar-event/party-planet

Save the Lakes Meeting: So Your Lake Has Issues?  Now What?: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Johnston Senior Center, 1291 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919.  Join us and lake association members from around Rhode Island to learn how lakes function and discuss how we all can work to protect them.  More information is available at:  http://stlri.org

Rhode Island Agriculture Day at RI State House: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 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.

RI Envirothon Competition: Friday, May 19, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM, URI East Farm, 2095 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879.  The one-day event marks the culmination of a year of dedicated, hard work for high school students from around the State who will compete in teams to address environmental issues in four subject areas which include aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils and land use, plus one special environmental issue which changes annually. More information is available at:  http://www.rienvirothon.org/

Environment Council of Rhode Island Annual Meeting: Nature-Based Solutions for Stormwater Runoff, Monday, June 5, 2017, Tour at 3:00 PM, Dinner from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street, Newport, RI 02840.  This year’s annual meeting will include a bus tour of green infrastructure sites to address stormwater runoff on Aquidneck Island followed by a business meeting and dinner.  Attendees will be able to talk with environmental leaders and activists about what must be done to protect the local environment.  More information is available at:  http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/

Pollinators and Your Land Workshop Thursday, June 29, 2017 5:30 PM, Godena Farm 891 North Main Road, Jamestown, RI 02835.  PDF of Flyer  Join us at historic Godena Farm to learn how you can create beautiful, functional pollinator habitat on your farm or forest land.  Speak to staff about site preparation, planting techniques, choosing an appropriate seed mix, how to support RI’s native pollinators, and federal funding opportunities.  The tour is free but please register to reserve your spot today.  The event is geared toward farm and forest land owners, but all are welcome to attend.  Call 401-934-0842 or visit easternriconservation.org to register.  PDF of Flyer

Eastern RI 4-H Country Fair, Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, 2017 2017 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Glen Park, Glen Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.  NRCS and the RI Association of Conservation Districts will have an exhibit booth at the country fair.

A Walk in the Woods: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts: Join us to visit the woodlots of two private landowners who are using active forest management to improve the health of their woodlots and increase their enjoyment of their properties.  Topics will include forest management plans, managing for wildlife, federal funding opportunities, forest health challenges and how to approach them, creation of trails, thinning, and many more!  Tours are free but please register to reserve your spot today!

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 PM, Addieville East Farm, Mapleville, RI.  PDF of Flyer To register and receive directions to the meeting point, call NRICD at 401-934-0840 or visit www.nricd.org.

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM, South Kingstown Land Trust Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown, RI.  PDF of Flyer To register and receive directions to the meeting point, call RI Resource Conservation and Development Council at 401-500-0399 or visit sricd.org.

 

Rhode Island Farm Energy Program Farm Tours: Baby Greens Farm and Robin Hollow Farm, Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 12:00 to 12:30 PM Baby Greens 686 Hamilton Allen Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852, 1:00 to 1:30 PM Robin Hollow 1057 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874.  PDF fo Flyer Are you a Rhode Island farmer curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices for your farm?  This tours will highlight renewable energy and energy practices implemented on the farms.  Learn about energy program funding and incentives provided from several sources including USDA’s Rural Development, Commerce RI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.  E-mail info@rifarmenergy.org or call (401) 500-0399 to register

Small Scale Forestry Workshop:  Learn About Tree Identification, Young Forest Programs, Forest Management Plans, and Forest Management Practices: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 AM South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879.  Join the RI Resources Conservation and Development Council and the Southern RI Conservation District for a workshop tailored to small scale forestry topics.  Tours are free but please register to reserve your spot today!  To register, call RI Resource Conservation and Development Council at 401-500-0399 or visit sricd.org.

Soil Health and Water Quality Workshop at Crandall Minacommuck Farm, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 4:30 to 6:30 PM 130 Pound Road, Westerly, RI 02891.  Are you a Rhode Island farmer curious about soil health and water quality on your farm?  The Narragansett Indian Tribe is hosting this free event to showcase the work accomplished with USDA NRCS to protect soil health and water quality at Crandall Minacommuck Farm. Join us to learn about federal funding and technical assistance programs available to agricultural producers in Rhode Island for this work. This workshop and tour will also feature information about local soils and a demonstration with the NRCS Rainfall Simulator, which shows how different land uses and soil coverages are affected by rainfall and ultimately impact soil quality and health.  We hope you will be able to attend this free event to learn more about maximizing soil health and water quality on your property! To register for this workshop, visit sricd.org or call 401-934-0840. Use 130 Pound Road as a GPS Address, but pass 130 and continue approximately 1/2 mile to the farm entrance Westerly, RI 02891.

Attention Livestock Producers: Tour and Workshop at Cloverbud Ranch, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:00 PM, Jepson Lane, Portsmouth, RI. PDF of Flyer Conservation For Livestock Producers Cloverbud Ranch is a collaborative group of small farm producers in Portsmouth, RI envisioned and organized by Martin Beck of New England Grass Fed LLC. Cloverbud is working with USDA NRCS on several conservation projects including planning for a controlled burn in Spring 2018. Join us to learn more about Cloverbud as well as about financial and technical assistance programs available to agricultural producers through USDA NRCS. This program is free and open to the public, but please reserve your spot by calling 401-934-0842 or visit easternriconservation.org to register!

2017 Government & Non-Profit Career Fair: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Johnson and Wales University, Pepsi Forum Auditorium, 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903. The Government & Non-Profit Career 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.

 

Farm Tour at Stonehenge Farm: PDF of Flyer Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:00 AM, Stonehenge Farm, 63 Moroney Road, Pascoag, RI 02859. Join us at 90-acre Stonehenge Farm, a family-owned farm in Pascoag, to see conservation in action in Northern Rhode Island! This tour has something for everybody; Stonehenge produces vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and a variety of livestock, and much of the property is also actively managed woodland. We will learn more about Stonehenge Farm as well as federally-funded voluntary conservation programs available to producers through USDA NRCS.  This tour will include walking over uneven terrain, and will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. Visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840 to register!

NRCS Information Session and Open House: PDF of Flyer November 30, 2017, 5:30 pm Burrillville Middle School Cafeteria, 2220 Bronco Highway, Harrisville, RI 02830

USDA NRCS offers financial and technical assistance for Rhode Island’s farm and forest land owners to implement voluntary conservation work on their properties. Popular conservation practices in Rhode Island include forest management plans, seasonal high tunnels for vegetable growers, and heavy use areas for livestock. Join us for a brief presentation to learn more, followed by an open house where you can have your questions answered by representatives from NRCS and Northern Rhode Island Conservation District.
This event is free, but please RSVP by calling 401-934-0840 or visiting nricd.org!

Rhode Island Farm Energy Program Workshops: PDF of Flyer Are you a Rhode Island farmer curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices for your farm? These workshops provide information on the new RI Ag-Energy Grant Program along with energy program funding and incentives from USDA’s Rural Development, Commerce RI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.  E-mail info@rifarmenergy.org or call (401) 500-0399 to register and NOTE WHICH workshop you plan to attend!

 

Farm Energy Workshops

November 2, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM Tiverton Library 35 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI

 

"Ask the Installer" Workshop:

Stop by to speak with installers about your questions on renewable energy and/or energy efficiency as it relates to your agricultural operation.

 

November 28, 2017 5:30 to 7:30 PM West Greenwich Community Center (behind Louttit Library) 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI

 

URI 2017 Fall Internship and Job Fair: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston, RI. The Fall Internship and 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.

URI Foodx Summit 2018: Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM, URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CELS), 120 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI. Join local food growers, fishers, producers, distributors, brewers, retailers, eaters, drinkers, and other pioneers for our annual convening of the Rhode Island food system.  Please register at web.uri.edu/bec/urifoodx2018 .

Winter Workshops for Farm and Forest Land Owners: Learn About NRCS and the RI Conservation Districts 2018 Program Funding-Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Easement Program: Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island?  Join Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts for a free workshop on generous technical and financial assistance available for practices such as forest management plans, seasonal high tunnels, soil health improvements and more!  Also learn about the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP) to conserve agricultural lands and wetlands along with providing conservation benefits!

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:30 PM Presentation, 6:00 PM Open House, Hope Associates Howland Barn, 1 Ryefield Road (GPS address, follow signs to barn), Hope, RI 02831. To register, visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:30 PM Presentation, 6:00 PM Open House, Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI 02878.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0842.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5:30 PM Presentation, 6:00 PM Open House, Exeter Public Library, 773 Ten Rod Road (Route 102), Exeter, RI 02822.  To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-934-0840.

           Register for these free events and call to be informed on weather cancellations!

Rhode Island Farm Energy Program Workshops: PDF of Flyer Are you a Rhode Island farmer curious about the potential of renewable energy or energy efficiency practices for your farm? These workshops provide information on the new RI Ag-Energy Grant Program along with energy program funding and incentives from USDA’s Rural Development, Commerce RI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.  E-mail info@rifarmenergy.org or call (401) 500-0399 to register and NOTE WHICH workshop you plan to attend!

Farm Energy Workshops

January 25, 2018 2 PM to 4 PM West Greenwich Community Center (behind Louttit Library) 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI

February 7, 2018 5:30 to 7:30 PM North Scituate Library 606 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, RI

 

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of RI Winter Conference: Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People: Sunday, March 4, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Hope and Main, 691 Hope Street, Warren, RI.  Our 2018 Winter Conference will feature a full day of workshops with regionally and nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture as well as influential speakers from across southeast New England. For more information, please visit http://nofari.org/events/winter-conference/2018-winter-conference/#.WhMLY7Y-Ick

Women in Agriculture Conference: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886. An exciting conference just for women involved in agriculture.  The 2018 Rhode Island Women in Agriculture Conference will bring together farmers, educators, agricultural service providers and others to build production and business skills, share educational and organizational strategies, and forge new connections all aimed at expanding the success of women in sustainable agriculture. To learn more and register for this event, please visit the following Web site:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ri-women-in-agriculture-2018-conference-tickets-40115435347 or https://www.facebook.com/RIWomeninAg/

URI 2018 Career and Internship Job Fair: Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston, RI. The Career 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.

Annual Land and Water Conservation SummitSaturday, March 10, 2018 from 7:45 AM – 4:00 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 32 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