POINT JUDITH, R.I. — David Blaney is making the switch from fisherman to farmer, and he’s banking on bringing an old New England sea vegetable back into favor: kelp.
PROVIDENCE — Eat Drink RI recently hosted a market preview at the site that two years, many studies and thousands of dollars later has been chosen for the Central Market. These things don’t happen fast — it took more than a decade for Boston’s new market to open — but the founder and the Rhode Island food community at large is committed to seeing the project through.
Fifty years ago, Charlie Yarish was fishing on Long Island when he first took an interest in seaweed. Where the fishing was good, he found certain types of seaweed, and where it wasn’t so great, other types of seaweed gathered.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Harvest Kitchen Project is one of the many arms of Farm Fresh Rhode Island that keeps local food circulating in our communities. The program takes area youth, ages 16-19 who are involved with juvenile corrections, and puts them to work making sauces, pickles and other preserves.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Curt Spalding visited the city June 15 to applaud the commencement of a workshop to help the North Shore community promote the use of underutilized fish species as a way to support the local economy.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Festival Pier, with its attractively landscaped open space, canoe-and-kayak launch site and boat landing on the east bank of the Seekonk River, was the perfect place to announce the awarding of $1.2 million in Environmental Protection Agency brownfield funding to Rhode Island.
WAKEFIELD, R.I. — Planting milkweed in your garden may save a Mexican forest. Migrating monarch butterflies rely on milkweed plants for cover and nutrition on their annual 2,500-mile migration from the oyamel fir forests along Central Mexico’s Transverse Neovolcanic Mountain range to the United States and Canada.
Rhode Island’s coastal salt ponds are among the most treasured resourcesin the state. Ask anyone who frequents the ponds and they will tell you they are special. Point Judith, Potters, Winnapaug, Ninigret, Green Hill and Quonochontaug ponds run along the southern coast of the state from Point Judith to Westerly, and into Connecticut.
Southern New England is betting on a build up of casinos to the grow economy and create jobs, but is this gamble going to pay off for the region?
PROVIDENCE — Healthy soil is the basis for food production. Soil also stores and filters water, improving the planet’s resilience to floods and droughts. But we’ve been abusing it for centuries, and now it needs some help. One way to do that is to make better use of our resources.
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Worm Farmers Cooperative is operated by worm farmer members. The organization’s mission is to improve the local environment by using worms to compost organic matter that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Members say they are dedicated to creating healthy soil and economic opportunities.
PROVIDENCE — On March 3, business leaders, officials, policy analysts and others gathered at Brown University for a conversation about innovation and opportunity in the Rhode Island local economy.
WAKEFIELD, R.I. — The Education Exchange has begun recruiting for its new workforce development training program in aquaculture. The program is a five-week, hands-on training aimed at preparing Rhode Islanders with the skills they need to acquire entry-level jobs in the rapidly growing field of aquaculture and hospitality.
Dams and culverts exist in abundance across Massachusetts, and many of these structures, according to the state Department of Fish & Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, are in poor condition and have outlived their design life.