Skip and Silas Paul have been grafting tomatoes for over ten years at Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton, RI. Like other greenhouse growers who graft tomatoes, Skip started because of production problems – largely due to growing tomatoes in the same greenhouses year after year. Diseases like Corky Root Rot eventually reduced their yields and shortened the productive lifetime of the farm’s tomato plants. Wishing Stone Farm now routinely grafts tomatoes for their own use. The farm sells about 4,500 grafted tomato plants to greenhouse growers. [Learn how to graft tomatoes here.]
Three young women earn a living with their love of growing food. Fay Strongin and Laura Brown-Lavoie and Tess Brown-Lavoie, have been friends since early childhood. They started in 2011 on an abandoned lot just minutes from busy downtown Providence, RI.
Sidewalk Ends Farm partners with Front Step Farm in a collaboration called Backyard Farms Urban CSA to supply a 20-member CSA. Each farm grows complementary produce on a formerly abandoned city lot. Both also sell produce through the Little City Growers Coop. CSA shares are comparable to half shares from other farms; this fits city dwellers’ needs and their small kitchens, refrigerators and families.
Sidewalk Ends farmers have an opportunity to buy the land they farm. The urban lot is appraised at $63,000 but they hope to pay a fraction of that price. Learn more about their fundraising efforts or make a donation here.