Wild Harmony Farm 2019 Apprenticeship
Wild Harmony Farm is a diverse, certified organic livestock farm in Exeter, RI focused on environmental stewardship, utilizing regenerative farming practices. We raise 100% grass-fed beef cattle, organic pigs, organic layers, organic meat chickens, organic turkeys. We graze our animals in an intensive rotational system to maximize benefits to the animals’ health and the land, moving fences every day. We grow vegetables on 1/10 of an acre, manage a 2-acre apple orchard, keep honeybees, and tap maple trees for syrup. We sell meat and eggs through a 20-member CSA, our farm store, farmer’s market, wholesale accounts with restaurants and butcher shops, and a retail app WhatsGood Marketplace.
Check out more info HERE
SCLT is Hiring!
Southside Community Land Trust builds a fair and accessible local food system in Rhode Island by offering access to land, training, resources and support to community and backyard gardeners, beginning farmers and young people. SCLT was founded in 1981 when residents of South Providence and newly arrived Hmong refugees worked with three Brown University graduates to grow culturally familiar, nutritious food in the area’s first community garden. Somerset Garden not only improved residents’ diets and economic self-reliance, it stabilized a neighborhood weakened by arson, neglect and crime.
SCLT is looking for a full-time support professional who can work comfortably in two realms: Youth Education and Garden Facilities Management.
Check out more info HERE
Pat’s Pastured Seeks Assistant Livestock Manager
Pat's Pastured was founded in 2002 and provides the highest quality pasture-raised and grass-fed meats. Our goal is to provide our livestock with a life that allows them to express their natural instincts fully in a pasture environment. That means that pigs get to root, run and play; chickens get to peck, scratch and crow; turkeys goggle and strut; cows eat grass outside, NOT corn in confinement.
For more info on about Pat’s Pastured, job specifications/requirements, click HERE
Robin Hollow Farm seeking Farm worker(s) for 2019 season
Robin Hollow Farm is a fast-paced, diverse flower farm. The farm uses sustainable and/or organic methods on about five acres in Saunderstown, RI. We grow in the field, in high tunnels and utilize three heated greenhouses. We produce a wide variety of cut flowers and plants for three farmers’ markets, on-farm sales and floral design for weddings and events. Our family farm is successful, with well developed systems for all aspects of production. We focus on being very efficient while maintaining a high quality product. The opportunity to learn the skills to run your own farm is available to motivated employees. Cut flowers are a complex and exciting niche for a small-scale farm.
Check out more info (Duties, Qualifications, etc) HERE
The next Produce Safety Regulations-RI GAP training will be held on March 27-28 at the Coastal Institute, Narragansett Bay Campus. As always, the class will be 2 full days -8:30-4:00. Full registration info coming soon.
Produce Safety On-Farm Readiness Reviews to assist growers:
The RI Division of Agriculture joins 46 other states in beginning their On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) to help producers prepare for the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) portion of the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA was signed into law in 2011, and went into effect January 26, 2018. A one-year grace period was granted by FDA for compliance inspections; with inspections on large farms starting Spring 2019 and smaller farms in subsequent years.
Before RI begins their compliance inspections, we are offering producers several opportunities to ensure they are prepared. The OFRRs are a component of a concerted educational and awareness effort by the Division of Agriculture that builds upon the principles of the long standing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Program in RI.
Is your farm exempt? This is a no-cost opportunity to determine if your farm qualifies for an exemption. The Division of Agriculture’s Produce Safety Team will arrange a visit to your farm where they can review the FSMA regulations and make suggestions for your specific operation. OFRR visits must be made during the growing season. Upon request, the Produce Safety Team will schedule a face-to-face meeting to go over PSR requirements prior to a walk-around. These can be scheduled year-round. No records will be kept of these non-regulatory, voluntary visits. Any recommendations and/or notes taken will be left on-site to offer guidance in potential PSR improvements to the operation.
John Kenny’s Annual Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course
The eighth annual (2019) spring course for farmers, gardeners, and others interested in the world of soil and plant health and function. This course covers foundational and current soil science, crop science, and soil maintenance principles with a focus on organic-farming methodology.
For Who? This material will be accessible and stimulating for any kind of grower from any background (farming, gardening, etc). Although the material may be challenging for the beginner it will be presented with an introductory focus.
Where Abouts? Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell Street Providence RI
What Days and Time? Two consecutive Saturdays: March 30th and April 6th. Two classes will be presented each day. We will begin promptly at 3pm. Each class will be 1.5 – 2 hours with a break in between. To summarize: each day begins at 3pm and wraps up around 7 or 7:30pm.
What’s the Charge? Course is $75-150, please pay what you can afford. Payment is due before or at the first class session. Apply for a subsidy through NOFA/RI by emailing email@example.com. Make sure you also register with us (see below)
Checks (made to Big Train Farm) and cash can be collected at the first day of class.
How Do I Register? Please make sure you are available for both days of class before registering. They are complementary. Then contact us and we will register you for the course!
2019 Tri-State SARE Workshop Series: NUTRITION’S ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION PRACTICES
A new workshop series on pasture management, infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture! Dates below:
Improving Existing Pastures and Establishing New Pasture
Monday, February 11th (Snow Date 2.13), 8:30am-1:00pm
Properly Managing Your Existing Pasture
Monday, March 11th (Snow Date 3.13.), 8:30am-1:00pm
Nutritional Management of Pasture-raised Animals
Monday, April 29th, 8:30am-1:00pm
To register, sign-up via this form or email Jean here; for more info, click here or contact our Project Director, Rachel Bespuda. Informational flyer with information is also available here.
NOFA Cost of Production Project Results
Three NOFA chapters- VT, NH, and MA- worked with 30 organic vegetable farmers to determine the cost of production of vegetable crops commonly grown in the Northeast. The project developed tools, provided technical assistance, and aggregated data into factsheets to support farmers’ production planning and assist them in increasing the profitability of their farm businesses.
The results from participating farms were then aggregated into five crop-specific fact sheets that present key metrics such as net income, average price/case, cultivation hours/acre, wash and pack hours/acre, and many other data points related to the production of winter squash, potatoes, onions, head lettuce, and carrots. Supplemental factsheets present crop profitability comparisons, whole farm financial ratios, and tips for success when undertaking cost of production analysis. You can access these resources by visiting NOFA’s site.
Check in with the events schedule at NOFA/RI on their website!
Eastern Mass CRAFT tour schedule is located here.
If you have job postings, land available, events to share... submit them to the form below and we'll post them here on the Announcements page.
Most farmers qualify for FREE legal services through the non-profit Legal Food Hub, www.legalfoodhub.org!
Do you have workers or plan to have help on your farm this year? Thinking about an apprentice or intern? Planning to buy or sell to other businesses? Have questions about leasing land, even a handshake kind of agreement? Do you have any current or possible lease agreements?
For these things and more, you may want to get some advice from a lawyer.
The Rhode Island Legal Food Hub coordinator, Erica Kyzmir-McKeon, will be happy to speak with you, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 401-351-1102, ext 2017. You can also try Scott at email@example.com, or call 1-844-LAW-GROW.
For Massachusetts, contact Sara Dewey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Legal Food Hub matches eligible farmers with lawyers in private practice who have agreed to provide FREE legal help for many of your farm needs!
Hope’s Harvest RI is mobilizing volunteers to rescue surplus fruits and veggies from local farms for distribution to food pantries across the state.
Many farms see a shocking amount of edible food going in the compost because of leftovers after harvest, no market for a bumper crop, no time for maintenance picking, or seconds left after sorting. Lack of time and labor to get those crops out of the field or packhouse and donated to people in need results in a lot of your time and energy going to waste.
Hope’s Harvest can help! We will:
Recruit and train volunteers to harvest safely, and make sure they show up ready to work
Be available for contact with you by phone, email, or text, to schedule a convenient time to get product out the field or packhouse
Come prepared with our own refrigerated truck, sterilized tools & gloves, harvest bins, and hand wash stations
Manage and supervise volunteers at all times
Fully insure all on-farm volunteer activities with multiple levels of coverage
Make sure product gets distributed quickly and safely, with full traceability, to charitable organizations
Provide detailed harvest receipts for your records and tax purposes
The RI Conservation Districts are actively looking for board and associate board members. Young farmers are encouraged to inquire!! One meeting a month. Contact Richard Went, email@example.com
Did you know that both Rhode Island and Massachusetts have organizations offering FREE professional mediation services for farmers?
The Center for Mediation and Collaboration in Rhode Island, and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, both offer an Agricultural Mediation Program. Mediation provides confidential assistance to help resolve agriculture-related issues in a productive environment. Potential topics include agricultural loans, farm program compliance, easement and access issues, farm family/estate transition, pesticide use, farmer/landlord disputes, farmer-to-farmer situations, and more.
If you have a situation that is not covered by USDA funding, CMCRI will work with you to find other funding or offer you mediation for a sliding-scale affordable fee.
Through mediation, both parties are empowered to devise creative solutions that are mutually acceptable.
Contact your state's organization for a free consultation if you are in need of mediation or guidance!
Rhode Island - Rhonda Bergeron, firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts - Courtney Breese, email@example.com
Are you looking for farmland?
YFN is collaborating with partners throughout RI to help connect farm-seekers with landowners leasing or selling their land. Our project partners include Southside Community Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island, RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Land Trust Council, Northern RI Conservation District, and Land For Good.
Please help us help you by filling out this form to be added to our database of farm seekers. We will be in touch with you to move forward!