Five farmers share their stories - the urgent need to protect Rhode Island’s remaining working farms is complicated by challenges that farmers face: finding land to farm and sustaining the economic viability of farms.
Protecting Rhode Island's Working Farms
Go to the Farm Conservation page for the Council's other videos and reports about farm conservation in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Land Trust Council
The Rhode Island Land Trust Council is a coalition of the state’s land trusts - community-based organizations formed to protect our special places: the scenic open spaces, natural areas, farms, forests, historic sites, watersheds, and drinking water supplies that define the character of our communities and our state. Land trusts are protecting our heritage so that it will be a legacy for future generations.
Photo credit: David Thalmann, Aquidneck Land Trust
Land Trusts in Rhode Island are grass roots organizations that reflect the unique priorities of their communities. Rhode Island’s first land trusts were formed in 1972. Today there are over 45 land trusts in the state.
Only 11 Rhode Island land trusts have staff - the others are volunteer organizations. Dozens of people across the state volunteer 100's of hours to preserve and manage our communities' most valued open space lands. You can help by joining and volunteering for the land trust in your community.
Check out the special events for everyone, at every age - guided hikes, full moon walks, farm tours, hot dog roasts, community festivals,and a whole lot more.
Join us on the Rhode Island Land Trust Days Meetup. There’s no cost to sign up for Meetup. Go to meetup.com and sign up. Click on “Find a Meetup Group” and type in Rhode Island Land Trust Days. Once you sign up, you will get notified about any land trust events we post on Meetup. And “like” the Land Trust Days Facebook page.
$35 Million Green Economy Bond — Vote YES on Question 6 in November
It’s good for land conservation, our environment, our communities and the economy!
The Green Economy Bond invests $35 million to protect Rhode Island’s land and waters and enhance the quality of life in our communities. The Green Economy Bond funds programs with a demonstrated track record: open space conservation, parks, bike paths, stormwater management, and brownfield cleanup.
The bond includes $8 million for land conservation: $4 million for the state’s Local Open Space Grants Program; and $4 million for RIDEM’s land protection program. Local Open Space Grants have been essential to land trusts’ work protecting the special places in our communities for 30 years. The 2014 bond referendum had no funding for land conservation. Without this bond, the Local Open Space Grants Program will be without funding for the first time since it was started in 1985.
Green Economy BondFact sheet — with details about all the elements of the bond referendum.
Talk to your family, friends and neighbors about the importance of this bond to protecting Rhode Island's special places. Ask them to Vote YES for Question 6 - the Green Economy Bond.
Bond funding for open space conservation and parks is a good investment. State funds are critical “seed funding.” Each state $1 is matched by $2-3 in additional investments from local governments, federal programs, foundations, and private contributions. And... land conservation is a true investment - this is one of the few uses of state bond funding that does not depreciate ... it actually increases in value over time.