Sunday, November 14, 2010

After century-long decline, Farming is growth industry in RI

This article was front page ProJo on Saturday November 13 written by Providence Journal Environmental Journalist Peter Lord. It is really exciting to see this industry expanding leaps and bounds.
The number of farms in RI is up 42% from 858 in 2002 to 1219 in 2010 BUT RI agriculture produces less than ONE PERCENT of the food consumed in the state. "We have learned to rely on other states and other countries to grow our food." said Ken Ayars, chief of agriculture for the state DEM. The article states that what they need is more affordable land for young farmers, access to certified kitchens, better marketing and more farm laborers.
For a new universal website on RI agriculture go to:
Below is a link to the full article with other RI agriculture websites.

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