Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association

Workshops & Educational Opportunities

Young Farmer Network


Young Farmer Network aims to support farmers developing socially, ecologically and economically sustainable farm businesses and happy lives by cultivating personal and professional relationships across state borders between people of all ages and backgrounds.

Come to Young Farmer Nights to connect with farmers, aspiring farmers and farm allies from all backgrounds. YFN fosters community and cooperation, building strong local food systems and economies, and enduring farm businesses. We are inspired by the agrarian tradition of neighborly collaboration, knowledge sharing, socializing, and community building.

About Young Farmer Nights
Young Farmer Nights are open to ANYONE and EVERYONE, all ages and backgrounds and farming experience levels are welcome.  Children are welcome!

Each YFN is structured as a tour followed by a potluck and hang time.  By popular demand, this season we're pushing back start time to 6 pm. If you're running late it's still worthwhile to come! We will try to wait for stragglers, but if we have to get moving we'll leave a note of where you can find us on the tour.  If you're REALLY late after getting caught up at the farm or in your life, you can still come partake in socializing and potluck-ing after the tour.

Re: the potluck --- if you're farming all day and are busy and manage to tear yourself away but can't bring a potluck item, you are still welcome! We understand!

YFN Schedule 2017

  • Mon June 12 - Ivory Silo Farm / Westport, MA
  • Wed June 28 - Spring Rain Farm / Taunton, MA
  • Tues July 11 - Robin Hollow Farm / Saunderstow,n RI
  • Wed July 26 - Big Train Farm / Glocester, RI
  • Mon Aug 7 - Wishing Stone Farm / Little Compton, RI
  • Wed Aug 23 - Movement Ground Farm / Berkley, MA
  • Mon Sept 4 - Natural Creola Farm / Portsmouth, RI
  • Wed Sept 20 - Sweet and Salty Farm / Little Compton, RI
  • Mon Oct 2 - Parcel Apothecary / Providence, RI
  • Wed Oct 18 - Farmer - to - Farmer Climate ChangeRroundtable / Freedom Food Farm / Taunton. MA

Website: www.youngfarmernetwork.org


The Livestock Institute of Southern New England

To be posted

The Livestock Institute of Southern New England


NE Farmways & RICAPE

To be posted.


NESARE/USDA & NRCS Professional Development Program

These workshops are part of a 2014-2017 USDA/NESARE Professional Development Program grant: Health Care Practices for our Food Animals, a joint project among the Universities of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

To be posted.


New England Meat Conference

To be posted.


Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island


To be posted.



NRCS Farm Tours and Open Houses

NRCS and the Rhode Island Conservation Districts (Eastern, Northern and Southern) will be holding informative farm tours/open houses. These events provide a great educational opportunity to learn how NCRS technical and financial assistance can benefit you on your farm or your woodlands. These tours will assist you in understanding and applying for funding.

Attention: Farmers, Woodland Owners & Agricultural Producers!
Join us for an Open House to learn about federal funding for conservation practices through NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Separate stations will be set up to allow for specialized focus on programs and practices. Stop by at your convenience to speak to NRCS representatives about your own individual needs/concerns.

Upcoming Programs and Workshops:
Check back for new events.


NRCS Workshop Series: Conservation Plans & Practices

In partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Rhode Island, URI is developing and conducting field and classroom training sessions that focus on the planning and adoption of conservation plans and practices. The goal is to improve the knowledge and skills required of farmers and landowners to engage in and benefit from the USDA NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Specific Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs) are being addressed with an upcoming workshop series. All interested citizens are welcome to participate; you do not need to be enrolled in a NRCS Program. Workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Holly Burdett, URI Cooperative Extension, at (401) 874-2249 or hburdett@uri.edu.

For more information about this education program, contact Dr. W. Michael Sullivan, URI Dept. Plant Sciences, (401) 874-4540, wmichaelsullivan@uri.edu or Holly Burdett, URI Cooperative Extension, (401) 874-2249, hburdett@uri.edu.

Click here to visit their website for more information about the workshops, the USDA NRCS EQIP, and to sign up to receive regular email updates.

  • To be posted.


RI 4-H


To be posted.



RI Agricultural Partnership

To be posted.


RI Farm Energy Program & USDA-Rural Development

To be posted.


Southside Community Land Trust

To be posted.


SVF Lecture Series & Events

Lecture Series
The SVF Lecture Series features topics pertaining to local farming systems, sustainable agriculture and conservation. Lectures are held at Swiss Village Farm, Newport, RI unless otherwise specified. These events are free to the public. For more information visit www.svffoundation.org.

Please check back soon for additional dates and topics to be presented in this ongoing series.

More Info:
(401) 848-7229


URI Agriculture Club


To be posted.


URI Cooperative Extension


To be posted.



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