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.
AQUIDNECK ISLAND, R.I. — The second Aquidneck Food Challenge will be held Sept. 23-29. Aquidneck Community Table is again challenging Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport residents to explore a new diet: seven days of hyper-local eating.
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.
CRANSTON, R.I. — It was there that Jamhal Latimer learned about the Southside Community Land Trust’s apprentice program. He filled out the application, but decided he would start showing up at Urban Edge Farm in early April before the application was even due. Latimer was eventually accepted into the program, but he was already a part of the crew.
SEEKONK, Mass. — From Aug. 8-13, the all-female crew at Sidewalk Ends Farm will host its first summer farm camp. The one-week session is designed for eight high-school girls from Providence public schools.
PROVIDENCE — The “Rhode Island Food Assessment: 2011-2016 and Beyond” reviews the current food landscape in Rhode Island, highlighting significant growth in local agriculture since the council’s 2011 assessment and citing the need to focus on food security and other gaps to increase the state’s economic vitality.
CRANSTON, R.I. — David Kuma set out to grow more of his own food as he learned about industrial agriculture and all of its poisons. His father, a biologist, always had a garden growing up, so an innate knowledge of plants followed his curiosity.