2017 Meetings

RIFGA Annual Meeting
March 22, 2017
6:00 at RI Farm Bureau office
16 Nooseneck Hill Rd., West Greenwich

Speakers:Brian Maynard – Greenjobsne.org
FSA representative – Tree Assistance Program
Tyler Young – FSMA
Annie Ratanasim, RI Commerce Corporation – Energy Programs
Jo-Anne Pacheco, RI Farm Energy Program
Peggy Siligato – Worker Protection Standards
Heather Faubert – Gypsy moth scouting & control

Meeting is free with annual dues payment of $40, or $20 for non-RIFGA members.

A light dinner will be served. Please email or call your reservation by March 17th so we have enough food.          hhf@uri.edu; 874-2967.

RIFGA Twilight Meeting
April 20, 2017 at 5:30

Phantom Farm
2920 Diamond Hill Rd
Cumberland, RI

Guest speaker: Terry Bradshaw, University of Vermont
Terry will speak about controlling weeds without using herbicides, especially for trellised apple trees.

Meeting is free with annual dues payment of $40, or $20 for non-RIFGA members.

RIFGA Small Fruit Twilight Meeting
May 11, 2017

Dame Farm & Orchard
91B Brown Ave.
Johnston, RI

Guest speaker: Heather Faubert, University of Rhode Island
Managing winter moth and gypsy moth in blueberries.

Meeting is free with annual dues payment of $40, or $20 for non-RIFGA members.
Registration is not necessary.

RIFGA Respirator Fit Test
June 15, 2017

Building 75, East Farm
Kingston, RI


Massachusetts Fruit Growers’ Association Summer Meeting
July 11, 2017

Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Ave., Amesbury, MA

10:00 AM Welcome to Cider Hill Farm and the morning tour — Glenn Cook, President, MFGA

10:15 AM Orchard Tour

  • Blueberry and raspberry plantings
  • Primocane blackberry patch
  • Seedless grape planting
  • Fruit-tree spacings and preferences
  • New planting of cider apples
  • Renewable energy program (solar, small turbines, and high efficiency wood boilers)
  • Tomato greenhouses
  • Day neutral strawberry high tunnel trial

NOON Lunch by Goody Coles BBQ provided with the registration charge

1:15 PM Welcome to the afternoon tour — Glenn Cook, President, MFGA

1:20 PM Facilities Tour

  • Brand new hard cider venture
  • CSA, food truck, and fledgling jam factory
  • Labor profile

2:30 PM Adjourn

Registration for this meeting will be $25 for Mass. Fruit Growers’ Association members ($35 for non-members) per person and will include the tour, educational program, pesticide recertification credits, and lunch.

To ensure the availability of the meal, please pre-register by adding the appropriate number and type (member or non-member) registrations to your shopping cart and paying with a credit card.

We must receive pre-registrations by Friday, July 7 to assure availability of the lunch.

PDF version of this announcement — print and register via US Mail.

Register on-line by July 7 using PayPal and a credit card

Or download PDF and mail form