The NOFA/RI Organic Farm 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 are paired with aspiring, new or transitioning farmers to provide assistance in many areas.
Farmers seeking FREE organic farming technical assistance may view & print the Organic Farm Assistance Application here, or call (401) 523-2653.
Send the completed application or questions to NOFA/RI at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: NOFA/RI
247 Evans Road,
Chepachet, RI 02814.
Reasons to Sign up for the Advisor Program
“I have gained a view into the inter workings of a for profit vegetable farm.”
“There are always people around who will answer questions, but it is good to have the formal relationship with someone who you know you can call, especially during the busy time of year.” –
“We talk about the nitty gritty sort of details”
“Even though it is a loose structure, it is a structure. So, I don’t have to feel apologetic about sending him emails.”
Additional questions can be sent to an Organic Farm Advisor via email to email@example.com or call (401) 523-2653.
A Sampling of Possible Program Topics or Goals:
Develop a season extension plan for your farm
Deepen understanding of soil fertility management
Improved seedling production and greenhouse management
Develop a business plan for a new farm
Explore the farm set up of their mentor farmer
- Farm and/or ranch planning
- Marketing, business planning, or record keeping
- Soil health
- Raised bed production
- Cover crops and crop rotation
- Pest and disease management
- Greenhouse and high tunnel growing
- Safe tractor, tool and implement use
- Salad green production
- Cut flower production
- Growing herbs and producing herbal products
- Livestock production and marketing
- Fencing, rotational grazing
- Pasture, forage health
- Weed control
- Post-harvest handling and marketing
- Value added production and marketing
- Marketing at Farmer’s Markets
- Organic certification and NRCS assistance applications
Farmers receiving assistance may be working towards organic certification, or they may wish to produce their crops in a more sustainable manner. Organic Farm Advisors may meet with Advisees in-person, tour Advisees’ farms or visit other sites together. On Call Organic Farm Advisors are also available via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a call to (401) 523-2653.
NOFA/RI Organic Farm Advisors
Camille Abdel-Nabi, Little River Farm, Exeter
Camille is owner / manager on a 3 acre certified organic vegetable farm in Exeter, RI. She and co-owner Bob Payne use organic and sustainable practices to grow a variety of greens herbs and vegetables and sell through a 40-member CSA, farmers markets and wholesale to food cooperatives and restaurants. Within their first year of business, they met their financial goals.
Camille trained in organic production, marketing and sales as an apprentice at Greenview Farm before branching out in 2013 to start Little River Farm, where they use conservation tillage, high tunnels and other season extension practices that allow for harvest and selling throughout the winter. Camille can advise on whole farming planning, cover crops, post harvest handling and seedling production.
Christina Dedora, Blue Skys Farm, Cranston
Christina has experience growing and selling vegetables, herbs, and ornamental crops.
Favorite crops: vegetables, cut flowers and herbs
Special skills: seedling production and field growing of cut flowers and herbs; marketing at Farmer’s Markets.
Al Fuoroli. Elwood Orchard, N. Scituate. Elwood Orchard is RI’s only organically certified orchard. Currently Al grows nectarines, asian pears, apples, gourmet garlic, pumpkins, winter squash, flowers for cutting and more. He also tends honey bees and sells honey. As, of 2012 most of the orchard is certified organic including our apples, garlic, shallots, tomatoes and winter squash.
John Kenny, Big Train Farm, North Scituate
John has been owner and manager of Big Train Farm since 2009 and the farm has been certified organic for several years now. John has over 15 years of experience as an organic farmer as well as an academic background in biology and chemistry. When not farming, or advising for NOFA/RI, John periodically teaches a Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology course. John has experience working with antique and modern tractors. He teaches tractor operations to farmers.
Special Skills: soil test interpretation and field planning
Diana Kushner, Arcadian Fields, Hopkinton
Diana’s farm is meticulously tended. She helps farmers navigate the organic certification process.
Favorite crops: heirloom tomatoes, basil, teenage lettuce, carrots
Special skills: weed control, cover crops and organic certification.
Steve Ramos, Steve’s Organic Produce, Bristol
Steve is one of RI’s first organic farmers. He earns his living on a small farm under 2 acres.
Favorite crops: specialty vegetables, herbs and small fruits
Special skills: intensive growing, season extension, restaurant marketing.
Jason Valcourt. Jason has managed crop production for several farms and specializes in crop planning and pest and disease control. He focuses on efficiency and optimizing resources.
NOFA/RI welcomes Livestock Advisors to our program.
Farmers seeking FREE organic farming or livestock technical assistance may view and print the Organic Farm Advisee application here or the Organic Livestock Advisee application here. Send the completed application or questions to NOFA/RI at email@example.com or call (401) 523-2653.
Specialty Crops Training, as defined by this USDA-supported program, includes fruits, dried fruit, tree nuts, vegetables, nursery crops, Christmas trees, floriculture, cut flowers, honey, hops and turf grass production. Program participants learn how to enhance their market competitiveness with their specialty crops through: research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education,