Commercial farmers and beginning farmers interested in learning or transitioning to organic methods may benefit from professional and FREE technical assistance available through the NOFA/RI Farm Advisor program.


    Vegetable, greens, herbsSmall fruit/fruit treesSoil fertilityCrop rotationPest or disease controlWeed controlPost harvestingCrop CoverFarm /business planningOrganic CertificationFood SafetyRecord KeepingMarketing

    Complete the on-line form to be contacted with no obligation.

    This program assists farmers with the goal of producing specialty crops (as defined by the USDA) intended for commercial use / sale or in support of local food systems.  There are no requirements related to the size of the farm and both small-scale and large-scale farms can qualify.  Please allow our staff at least two weeks to review your request and respond.

    A Sampling of Possible Program 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 or crop

    Additional questions can be sent to an Organic Farm Advisor via email to or call (401) 523-2653. Advisors will answer your questions and may write up information to share with other farmers and ranchers. Organic Farm or Livestock Advisors may meet with Advisees in-person, tour Advisees’ farms or visit other sites together.

    View a list of Organic Farm and their skills here.

    View a list of technical assistance topics available here.

    Send questions to NOFA/RI at