Don’t miss out on these great summer events!

Monday, July 10, 6:00 PM -8 PM
Watson Farm Grasslands Management Forage Production for Grass Based Livestock.  Free.  Register Here.

Livestock On-Farm Workshop Host: Watson Farm
455 North Rd, Jamestown, RI 02835
This twilight Pasture Walk at Historic New England’s Watson Farm in Jamestown will be led by Don Minto and Chris Dvorak, Farm Managers, who have been managing Red Devon Cattle and sheep on these Historic grasslands for well over 35 years.
This discussion and tour will feature forage management practices that have evolved and been implemented on Watson Farm’s extensive grasslands.

Thursday, July 20th, 5:30 PM
Earth Care Farm Compost Tour: Soil Fertility and Garlic Harvesting/Curing

Craft On-Farm Workshop Location: Earth Care Farm 89 A Country Drive Charlestown, RI 02813

This on-farm workshop will focus on soil fertility and garlic harvesting and curing at Earth Care Farm. We’ll see the farm itself and learn about Earth Care’s 17 years of garlic seed saving, as well as their composting operation.

For more 40 years Earth Care Farm has been producing high quality farm-made compost that gardeners and landscapers, big & small have come to rely upon to enrich their soil naturally.

This on-farm workshop made possible thanks to a generous Farm Viability grant though the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture.

Everyone is welcome.  Registration is not required, but encouraged.  Please, Register FREE Here.

Thursday August 3.  5:30 PM -7:30 PM
Growing Medicinal Herbs for Value Added Products

Harvesting herbs at Farmacy Herbs

Harvesting herbs at Farmacy Herb Farm

Craft On-Farm Workshop Location: Farmacy Herbs,
28 Cemetery Street Providence, RI 02904
Directions here.

Join Mary Blue and Glen Cory of Farmacy Herbs on their medicinal herb farm for a presentation about developing high quality value added herbal products. From harvest methods to drying to packaging and distribution, this presentation will cover the in’s and out’s of a small scale value added herbal company.

Farmacy Herbs cultivates and wildcrafts herbs on local farms and on their 5 acre farm in Southern Rhode Island.

Register to hold your spot.  Event is free.

NOFA Summer Conference, Aug. 11 – 13, 2017, New Site: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Spotlight on RI Farms

 Farmer to Farmer

Our Farm and Livestock Advisor programs put you in touch with local experienced farmers and ranchers to address your questions. Our Advisors are compensated and are there for you. Contact us via email to or a call to (401) 523-2653.  For more information and details see our Farm Advisor Program or Livestock Advisor Program.

Congratulations to 2017 LASA Grant Recipients!

Great news for our organic farms and all the Ag businesses! DEM and its partners awarded over $200,000 as part of its annual Agriculture “Ag” Day celebration at the State House. The awards, funded under the Local Agriculture & Seafood Act (LASA) grant program, help new and existing food initiatives prosper in Rhode Island.

“LASA continues to be an important catalyst in growing our food and agricultural businesses in Rhode Island,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “It’s fitting to celebrate these awards and the initiatives they help fund during the annual Ag Day celebration, which shines a bright light on our state’s vibrant food scene and rich agricultural and fishing heritage. Kudos to all grant recipients! I look forward to celebrating the success of these initiatives.”

See the more on the 2017 LASA grants and the recipients here.

Lt. Governor’s 39 Farm Tour highlights Organic Farms

RI Lt. Governor McKee has launched a statewide tour of farms or farm-related small business in all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island.  The 39 Farm Tour includes, Hillandale Farm and Wishing Stone Farm both certified organic.  When setting up the tour, the Lt. Governor’s office noted “We tried very hard to include a wide variety of farms, making sure we had some certified organic farms was on the top of the list!”  You can follow the Lt. Governor on the 39 Farms Tour on Twitter and Facebook using #39Farms.

TV Series “Harvesting Rhode Island” spotlights state’s farms

Greenhouse at Farming Turtles

Greenhouse at Farming Turtles

TV series ‘Harvesting Rhode Island’ spotlights state’s farms begins its second season on PBS.  Lauri Roberts of Farming Turtles is among the 22 farmers profiled.  Farming Turtles, a certified organic farm in Exeter produces sprouts and micro greens for salads.  Tune into Harvesting Rhode Island on Rhode Island PBS Thursdays at 7 pm.  Read more here.

NRCS Financial & Technical Assistance Available –
Deadline June 16

Do you own or manage farmland or forest land?  You could qualify for financial assistance as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) still has funding available and has announced a second sign-up round.  Deadline is June 16, 2017.  For more information check here.
The financial and technical assistance is available to assist private land owners and managers in addressing farm, field, forest, wildlife, water, and/or plant management issues including:

  • Erosion Control
  • Irrigation Systems and Water Wells
  • Fencing
  • Grazing Plans
  • Pasture and Hayland Planting
  • Pollinator Habitat
  • Woodland Thinning
  • Protection of Heavy Use Areas for Livestock
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Seasonal High Tunnels

Practical Advise, CSAs and More

Looking for a CSA?

Many farms are signing up for CSAs. CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”.  When you choose a CSA you show support of local & sustainable agriculture. CSA membership can be very cost effective, especially when you consider the freshness and quality of the products.  Check out one of these Organic Farms offering CSA options:
Big Train Farm, Cranston
Cedar Edge Farm, Saunderstown
Greenview Farm, Wakefield
Garman Farms, Middletown
Little River, Exeter
Roots Farm, Tiverton
Stearns Farm, Jamestown
The Good Earth, Cranston
Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton
Wild Harmony, Exeter

Tools for a Profitable Livestock Business

Unleashing the Power in Your Numbers: Tools for a Profitable Livestock Business

 Sunday, June 4, 10am-12pm, followed by lunch
Blackbird Farm, 660 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI

Rick Hermonot, Farm Credit East Vice President and owner of the Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, will lead this practical workshop on how to build a profitable livestock farm business. Learn some basic tools to organize and simplify your records that help you make sound strategic decisions. The “toolbox” includes: Five Keys to Focus; Five Keys to Profit; Five-Line Income Statement; Five-Year Averages; and “DIRTI Five.” The workshop is followed by a free lunch provided by Blackbird Farm.  The workshop is free but pre-registration is required. Please, pre-register here.

This program brought to you by USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant,
NOFA/RI in partnership with Southside Community Land Trust.  Our thanks to Rick Hermonot, of Farm Credit East and host Blackbird Farms.