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Updated: URI East Farm Open House 10-2 and SK Farmer's Market 8-12

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KINGSTON, R.I. – August 4, 2014 – University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners will hold a free open house at their Demonstration Garden at East Farm on Aug. 16 to highlight new gardening techniques for growing produce and to showcase recipes for cooking them.

The biennial event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, the Ask A Master Gardener booth, soil testing and informal tours of the East Farm complex.

In the 5,000-square foot garden, Master Gardeners will demonstrate different growing techniques and new trends in growing vegetables and herbs. Information will be available on preventing plant diseases and pest damage. Irrigation experts will explain the garden’s unique drip irrigation system that saves water and helps prevent diseases.

The vegetable garden includes children’s stations where they can observe a rainbow garden, vegetables growing in a glass display, and enjoy garden related games.

Three professional chefs, Normand Leclair, founder of the Red Rooster Tavern, cookbook author, caterer and culinary instructor; Branden Read, chef and part-owner of The Celestial Café in Exeter; and John Sweeney, chef at the University Club on the URI Campus, will each give one-hour demonstrations that will include sample tastings.

Tours will also be available of a Giving Garden focused on producing high volume vegetables for local food pantries.

Unlike other gardening events at East Farm, there will be no plant sales. The only items to be on sale are URI Master Gardener cookbooks in a booth that will feature samples of foods prepared by Master Gardeners using the recipes in the book. The books, now in limited supply, will sell for $20.00

Admission and parking are FREE and open to the public. Rain or shine.

Visit the South Kingstown Farmers' Market on site from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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  • Sue

    Farmer's market and open house great! Lots of delicious food and experienced people from cooks to gardeners

    August 16, 2014

  • Nicole O.

    I'm coming with another member of the group, Sue, who told me about the meetup!

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've posted additional info and am waiting to hear if there is a schedule of events posted on-line anywhere.

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does everyone need to be there 10am? Is it allowed and what would I miss if I came at 11:30?

    August 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Gina, please see my reply above.

      August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gina, I'm not anticipating everyone is going to be there at the same time, the event window is just too big, plus we may all be interested in different activities. I've never been to this site so I don't have any idea where we could meet. If anyone else does then we can propose a meetup, otherwise I think everyone is on their own.
    I have very white hair (long) and will be there with a big white dog if they let us take him in.

    If anyone has a better idea about meeting, especially if you've been to this event or events at this location before, please post it!

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    That's fine, this is an open meetup without a fixed agenda!

    August 3, 2014

  • emberon

    I am going to try to attend this. My life is more then chaotic right now for a def rsvp. Is that ok? I hope so!

    August 3, 2014

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