CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Jayne Merner Senecal returned to the hive last July, although, truth be told, she never truly left. After all, she’s a farmer’s daughter. She grew up on Earth Care Farm.
FALL RIVER, Mass. — Some 12.5 million boats are registered in the United States, and a growing number — about 5 percent now — run on electric propulsion. A pair of Rhode Islanders has started a business to meet the energy demands of boaters without their having to rely on fossil fuels.
WEST GREENWICH, R.I. — Rob Swanson has a sawmill on wheels, and if you have a favorite tree that must be felled, it doesn’t have to be sawed into firewood. He can come to your property and mill it into boards.
PROVIDENCE — Jo-Anna Cassino comes from a long family history of farming, and she has been a practicing herbalist for 12 years, so naturally she operates a beauty salon.
PROVIDENCE — Visiting the Commerce RI website will give you a more detailed overview of what it does. But the website can be a bit overwhelming. This isn’t, however, because Early got snookered by a shoddy web designer. It’s because the whole undertaking is simply a bit overwhelming. There’s plenty going on.
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?