Protecting Rhode Island's Working Farms
Agriculture in Rhode Island (25 minute video)
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.
FarmRI 2.0: Crafting the Next Generation of Initiatives for
Saving Rhode Island's Working Farms
A day-long forum where farmers, land trust leaders and agriculture leaders discussed Rhode Island's farm conservation issues and identified the best strategies for protecting working farms.
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Download the 35 page full report of the day long forum: Farm RI 2.0: Crafting the next generation of initiatives for saving Rhode Island’s working farms (Adobe Acrobat format)
Leasing Land for Farming
Handbook for Land Trusts, Municipalities & Institutions on Leasing Land for Farming (Adobe Acrobat format)
Handbook for individual property owners on Leasing Land for Farming (Adobe Acrobat format)
The following videos are persentations from FarmRI 2.0.
Introductory Remarks - Framing the day's discussions (7 minute video)
Barbara van Beuren welcomes participants and introduces the days discussion.
RI Farmland Trends and Farm Conservation Issues (22 minute video)
Rupert Friday outlines the urgent need to conserve RI's remaining farms. The state lost most of its farmland, many farmers will retire soon, and remaining farmland could be lost to development. The state needs to improve its farmland protection program.
Keeping Protected Farms Affordable & In Production (15 minute video)
Rich Hubbard explains how Massachusetts' Farmland Protection Program ensures that the farmland they protect stays in production and affordable for farmers.
Farm Succession/Transition Planning Helps Protect Working Farms (15 minute video)
Kathy Ruhf shares strategies for helping existing farmers transfer their farm to the next generation and helping new farmers get access to farmland help keep farms in agriculture.
Farmland Affordability, Equity and Land Tenure Strategies (15 minute video)
Ellie Kastanopolous dicusses how innovative strategies help new farmers get access to farmland and help them to build equity when they lease farmland. Ellie shares an inspiring story about a retiring farmer transferring his farm to a new farmer.
Agricultural Commissions Improve Communications (15 minute video)
Peter Westover explains how Agricultural Commissions in Massachusetts ensure that farmers’ interests and perspectives are included in town decisions.
FarmRI 2.0 Wrap-up and Reflections (10 minute video)
Ken Ayars gives closing remarks about the forum’s discussions and promising ideas for improving Rhode Island’s farm protection programs.