Livestock Program: Workshops & Advisors

Thanks to a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant,
NOFA/RI 10988557_10152720488056943_2213617722942244607_oannounces its partnership with Southside Community Land Trust to offer livestock trainings and technical assistance beginning in 2017.

This will expand NOFA/RI’s advisor program to cover livestock- related technical assistance, with the addition of a NOFA/RI’s Organic Livestock Program Manager, Ben Coerper, of Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter Rhode Island.

The NOFA/RI Organic Farm and Livestock Advisor program provides FREE technical guidance to commercial farmers wishing to implement organic methods on their farms and in their marketing efforts. Experienced organic farmers and ranchers are paired with aspiring, new or transitioning farmers and ranchers and provide assistance in many areas.

Anyone interested can find the Organic Livestock Assistance Application here.
Send the completed application or questions to NOFA/RI at or mail to NOFA/RI 247 Evans Road, Chepachet, RI 02814.

Ben Coerper Wild Harmony Farm, RI

Ben Coerper Wild Harmony Farm, RI

Ben has worked on farms all over the world and began his own farm so that he could uphold the highest standards of food production. He experienced first hand the health and lifestyle benefits of eating pure natural food and his farm focuses on healthy land, healthy animals, healthy people. Over the past 3 years the farm has grown and maintained Ben’s initial vision and has become a platform from which to educate about the food system. Wild Harmony Farm is the only USDA accredited organic livestock farm in RI.

Look for Advisors profiles and areas of expertise to be published soon along with our upcoming workshops in the Spring of 2017.

Our Winter Conference March 5, 2017 features two livestock workshops:

  • Regenerative farming: How a diverse group of livestock can improve your farm’s eco-system.
    Ben Coerper & Rachael Slattery, Owners, Wild Harmony Farm, Exeter, RI  We will take a look at the relationships between various livestock species, including poultry, cattle, pigs, sheep, & horse and the land they manage, and what farm work is accomplished by putting specific animals in specific places at specific times.
  • Pastured Poultry – How to improve your land while making a profit with laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, and ducks.  Pat McNiff of Pat’s Pastured Farms, RI.
Pat McNiff, Pat's Pastured Farms, RI

Pat McNiff, Pat’s Pastured Farms, RI


Pat raises pork, beef, lamb and chicken, plus eggs on leased farmland scattered between North Kingstown and Jamestown. Patrick is still looking for additional land, something that has been a challenge for him and many other farmers in Rhode Island.  Pat was awarded the 2010 Farmer of the Year in Edible Rhody’s Local Heros.




  • What to look for when buying livestock
    Date/Time: Sunday April 9, 1–3PM
    Location: Wild Harmony Farm, 366 Victory Hwy, Exeter, RI
    Hosted by Ben Coerper & Rachael Slattery of Wild Harmony Farm, this workshop will cover important aspects of an animal’s physical characteristics, management practices, breed selections & relative value while purchasing poultry, sheep, pigs, & cattle.

Workshop is FREE.  Please register here to hold your spot.