Season Extension with Caterpillar Tunnels on Rhode Island Farms
require flat ground. This technology is widely used in other states, but little known or used in Rhode Island. The project is offering annual on-farm workshops for service providers and farmers that demonstrate how to construct caterpillar tunnels and providing training on crop production techniques for use in the tunnels.
Recently Completed Project
Rhode Island Urban Agriculture
Rhode Island is experiencing and increase in urban agriculture interest and activity due to the efforts of numerous community groups who are starting farms on vacant urban land parcels and working with immigrant refugees who wish to produce crops for market. However, there is a lack of agricultural knowledge and expertise among the people working to promote and support urban agricultural production.
This three year initiative, begun in 2014, offered a comprehensive curriculum in urban agriculture production via workshops to train personnel from community organizations and land trusts as well as more traditional ag service provider partners from NRCS and conservation districts. Participants increased knowledge and skills about soils; soil testing, health and management; crop selection and rotation; planting techniques; irrigation; pests and pests management; and more.