Event Schedule

Upcoming Winter 2019 Classes

A Conversation with the Agricultural Community!

We’ve partnered with RIEEA (Rhode Island Environmental Education Association) and are conducting a 2-hour brainstorming conversation to find out what farmers want K-12 students to learn about Agriculture. Hosted by the Audubon Society of RI, this session is primarily for generating ideas, forming relationships amongst different sectors, and a way to inform leadership about your community’s values and priorities. Join us in discussing the advancement of environmental literacy & education efforts in RI!

Friday, March 8th - 10am-12pm
Free - snacks provided!

Audubon Society of RI
12 Sanderson Rd, Smithfield RI


Tool Sharpening for Farmers

 A big hit last winter, we're doing this again! Bring your clippers, hoes, broken shovels, and whatever else you have that needs repair or regular maintenance. Wright, from Cluck!, will walk us through best practices and strategies for farm tool maintenance, and then we'll all use the workshop to get to work on our items. Participants will go home with a file to use for future sharpening.

Saturday, March 9th - 12pm-3pm

Cluck! Home & Garden
684 Natick Ave, Cranston RI

Stories of the Land - a presentation and workshop

co-hosted by the Justice & Agriculture Working Group

The Justice and Agriculture working group of the Young Farmer Network is putting together a day of storytelling at the Southside Cultural Center, focused on the history of the land we are farming. The central question we ask is: "Why does it matter for people who work + live on this land to know and tell its history?” And we seek the courage and the practical skills to dig deeper for the truths of how we got here.

The morning portion will be a panel of storytellers from a few perspectives— Lorèn Spears, a Narragansett educator from the Tomaquag Museum, local historian Tim Cranston, who writes in the South County Independent newspaper about his studies of history here, and Prof. Christy Clark-Pujara, author of Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island. The conversation will be moderated by the organizing farmers, and will focus on how these histories overlap, and how they reverberate in our daily lives on and off “the land,” and how we can actively share them. The afternoon portion will be a workshop led by Tim and the moderators— participants will break up into small groups aimed at helping people practice telling their own land stories (familial, national, personal, ancestral), plus learning research techniques so that we can become better educators for when people visit our farms, homes, and neighborhoods.

Storytelling is our most ancient art— it is a sacred way for histories to be maintained and passed along. Telling the histories we hold in our bodies, and the histories held in the land, is vital to the preservation and passing along of wisdom and forms of resilience, and to healing from past trauma. Our hope is that everyone present will leave this day with a sense of themselves as history holders, and with an inner mandate to learn more about the story of their specific farms, ecosystem, homes, and families.

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We are grateful to our sponsors and collaborators for helping to bring this event into reality: the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, a Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Grant (made possible through RI state funding and generous contributions from the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Henry P. Kendall Foundation, and Rhode Island Foundation, with matching funds from the State of Rhode Island) and the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island.

Midway through the day will be a GF/DF potluck lunch prepared by the organizing farmers.

Saturday, March 16th - 9am-3:30pm
The event is open to the public— if you're able to support this event financially, please consider making a donation of $1-$40. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Southside Cultural Center of RI
393 Broad Street, Providence RI

Finished this winter already -

Welding for Farmers at The Steel Yard, Nov 2018
A two day intensive course with hands on learning and an opportunity to create or mend something from your farm.

Seed Sovereignty Day, Feb 2019
Our second annual Seed Sovereignty event - a three-way partnership between NOFA/Mass, Freed Seed Federation, and Young Farmer Network - is a day-long intensive designed to restore the farmer’s role as participant in the breeding process.

Coming soon!

We're still ironing out the details for more upcoming events:

Should I Add a New Product to my Farm Business? -
co-hosted by YFN, Southside Community Land Trust and The Carrot Project - dates TBA in early April

Young Farmer Nights 2019

We are in the midst of organizing future Young Farmer Nights with prospective host farms; If you and/or your farm is interested in hosting a YFN, reach out to us and we’ll get back to you with some possible dates!