FSA Youth Loans!

Our May 21 workshop on FSA Youth Loans was very successful!  FSA Youth loans provide up to $5,000 to help youth between the ages of 10 and 20 finance small ag-related and income producing projects.  If you missed the workshop, but would be interested in one of the follow-up workshops, please email rifarm@rifb.org or call the office at 401-385-3339 to get on the list.    Check out our page for more information on Youth Loans.

RI DEM Produce Safety Portal

RIDEM  Produce Safety Portal

The Division of Agriculture aims to aid growers in navigating the Produce Safety Rule. Use the above link to go to the RI DEM Produce Safety Portal, or start at our FSMA Links page.

2019 RIFB Farm Products Raffle!

2019 RIFB Farm Products Raffle

For our 2019 Raffle to benefit our RIFB Scholarship program, we will offer 3 chances to win for each $5 ticket! Our three prizes will be $500, $300 and $200 in RIFB Member Farm’s Gift Certificates. To buy tickets, come visit our booth at SRI 4-H Fair June 28-30, Foster Old Home Days July 26-28, ERI 4-H Fair August 3 & 4 or Washington County Fair August 14-18.  You can also stop by our office and purchase tickets.  For more details, click to visit the raffle page or contact the office at 401-385-3339.

Harvesting Rhode Island

Harvesting RI Season Two

Season 2 of Harvesting Rhode Island will begin airing Sunday night, August 5 at 7 pm.  Two episodes will run back-to-back each Sunday night. 

Ep #1 Oysters / Mussels / Quahogs

Allen Harbor Oyster
American Mussel Harvesters / Salt Water Farms LLC,

Ep #2 Bees / Flowers

Don Joslin Beekeeper
Wicked Tulips

Ep #3 Historic Farms

Sunset Farm
Pezza Farm

Ep #4 Farm Stand / Historic Topiary

Walker’s Roadside Stand
Green Animals

Ep #5 Hops / Vines

Tilted Barn Brewery
Newport Vineyards

Ep #6 Young Farmer / Seasoned Farmer

Luckyfoot Ranch
Confreda Greenhouses and Farms

Ep #7 Flowers / Tomatoes

Robin Hollow Farm
Manfredi Farms

Ep #8 Sheep / Cattle 

Hopkins Southdowns
Windmist Farm

Ep #9 Micro Greens / Hydroponics

Farming Turtles
Acopia Harvest

Ep 10 Beef / Cows / Cheese

Carpenter’s Farm
Simmons Farm

Ep 11 Sod Farm / Christmas Trees 

SODCO Farm
Pachet Brook Tree Farm

 

Harvesting RI Season Three!

Starting in July, four more RI Farm Bureau member farms will be featured in two new episodes of Harvesting RI. In Episode 1, Executive Producer Alex Caserta takes us to Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield and EMMA Acres in Exeter to explore two different methods farmers are utilizing to market their milk in Rhode Island.

Episode 2 brings us to Blackbird Farm in Smithfield where the Bouthillette family raises Purebred Angus and Berskshire hogs, and then drops us down to North Kingstown where the Greniers operate Narrow Lane Orchards.

Episodes 1 and 2 will be run back to back at the following times. Set your DVR or mark it on the calendar. Harvesting RI is a wonderful way to catch some beautiful stories about farming in RI today.

Harvesting RI Season 3 is on a brief hiatus.  Look for it to run again after Season 2 finishes its run.