New Farmers Without Connections Face Growing Pains

New Farmers Without Connections Face Growing Pains

PROVIDENCE — When first-generation farmer Tess Brown-Lavoie tried to buy a vacant lot on the city’s West Side in 2011, to start growing her own produce, she was astounded by the difficulty of the process. The land was costly, and unexpected additional expenses, such as raised beds to protect produce from the city’s lead-contaminated soil, put a further dent in her budget.

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