Short Course: Moving Onto Your Own Land
Co-hosted with Southside Community Land Trust

This course will be in three sessions: Land (3/15), Composting (3/26), and Infrastructure (4/2). The sessions are independent from each other - you don’t need to be able to attend all three to participate. Events are free but registration through Eventbrite is required.

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The course is geared towards farmers who have experience working on farms but are either considering, in the process of, or recently started a new farming operation. We’ll tackle many of the questions that come up when making decisions about a new piece of land, but the issues addressed are also relevant to any farmers who are active learners!

March 15th, 5:30-830 pm  Assessing and Preparing Land for Farming
At The Met's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 325 Public Street, Providence, RI

  • Tess Brown-Lavoie from Land for Good will cover assessing land for it's potential farm-ability, snags and issues to anticipate when selecting land for lease or purchase, negotiating a farm lease, a tutorial for using the Web Soil Survey, & more.
  • John Kenny from Big Train Farm will present two different strategies for preparing raw land for vegetable crops, including mechanized and no-till processes.


March 26th, 10am - 2pm  Composting to Build Soil and Fertility on Your Scale
At Urban Edge Farm, 35 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston RI

  • Rich Pederson from City Farm will discuss the intensive food scrap composting system he has perfected over his 15 years as an urban farmer in Providence. City Farm is the #1 food waste composter in Providence, #2 in the state of RI!
  • Bryan O’Hara of Tobacco Road Farm will present his best practices for building compost in a quantity that serves a handful of acres of intensive vegetable production. His no-till year-round vegetable farm has grown famous in our region for its success for more than two decades.
  • This event is *outside*, please dress for the weather!


April 2nd, 10am - 2pm   Infrastructure Development
At Urban Edge Farm, 35 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston RI

  • Chuck Currie from Freedom Food Farm will discuss how to determine what machinery is appropriate to your operation and your scale
  • Other topics of the day include NRCS EQIP program, composting toilets and urine diversion, and more!
  • This event is *outside*, please dress for the weather!