AQUIDNECK ISLAND, R.I. — Farming on the Ocean State’s largest island presents a host of challenges, most notably finding affordable land.
The longhorned tick, native to Asia, was recently found for the first time in New England. Animal health experts say the longhorned tick poses a serious risk to the region’s livestock.
PROVIDENCE — Current news about oppressive conditions and discriminatory practices at farms and slaughterhouses stem from centuries of institutionalized farming and land-ownership practices.
PROVIDENCE — Brown University students affiliated with a farmworker rights group recently protested outside a Wendy’s restaurant as part of a nationwide boycott of the fast-food chain.
PROVIDENCE — Nestled between West Clifford and Providence streets is City Farm, a brimming oasis of fertile and manicured beds of savory greens and nutrient-rich compost.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has the most expensive farmland in the United States, at $13,800 per acre. The market price, however, is significantly higher, as developers pay as much as 10 times the agricultural value for open land.
Adams property is the second-largest protected farm in Rhode Island.
DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The Buzzards Bay Coalition and its partners recently celebrated the largest land conservation project ever completed along the coast of Buzzards Bay.
PROVIDENCE — Urban Greens, which began as a co-operative buying club, incorporated in 2007, has been working to develop a strategy to open a full-fledged grocery store on the West Side since 2010.
EXETER, R.I. — Ben Coerper had been told that running a farm is like being an orchestra conductor. The South Carolina native had worked and apprenticed at farms in California and on the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Saint Croix, but it wasn’t until he began running his own operation four years ago that the metaphor became apt.
PROVIDENCE — While Massachusetts just passed a law prohibiting cages for egg-laying chickens, Rhode Island is proposing regulations that would allow the livestock practice to endure, perhaps indefinitely.
PROVIDENCE — The first draft of Rhode Island’s all-encompassing food plan will be released in January.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — A program to buy local farmland is drawing both fear and hope among Rhode Island’s farm community, and has grabbed the attention of conservative activists, who call it a "government land grab."
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.