Community Farms

Fresh Produce Keeps Us Healthy

Last year, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributed more than 2.5 million pounds of fresh produce to people in need of food assistance in Rhode Island. Over 600,000 pounds of that fresh produce was donated from local farms, Hope’s Harvest, and our network of community farms.

Our network of community farms grow fresh produce for hungry Rhode Islanders while preserving valuable land. Each farm is managed by a volunteer coordinator who works with the Food Bank.

To get a sense of how community farms contribute to the Food Bank:

Read stories about our community farms here.

Volunteer at a Farm

Every spring and summer, our community farms accept volunteers to help prepare the land, plant and harvest. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. It’s a great activity for families, schools, businesses and civic groups!

To volunteer at any of our community farms, contact the coordinators listed below:

Franklin Farm
142 Abbot Run Valley Road, Cumberland
Email the Volunteer Coordinator
Visit the Franklin Farm Website

Jonnycake Center Giving Garden
100 Park Lane, Ninigret Park Charlestown
To volunteer, email here, or call 401-377-8069 ext 114
For information about the garden, email here.

McCoy Community Farm
106 Birch Swamp Road (Farm at end of Robbins Lane), Warren
Coordinator is Jen Mysak
Email McCoy Community Farm
Join McCoy Community Farm on Facebook 

Wesy Bay Farm
1351 Centreville Road, Warwick
Coordinator is Steve Stycos
Email West Bay Farm or call (401) 461-2618

Harvest Surplus Food from Farms with Hope’s Harvest RI

Hope’s Harvest RI mobilizes volunteers to harvest surplus food from farms in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts and distributes it to hunger relief agencies in RI, including to the RI Community Food Bank. They are now a part of Farm Fresh RI. 

No agricultural experience is necessary, and all training and equipment is provided. Hope’s Harvest RI follows strict safety protocols and all activities take place outside unless specifically noted.

To learn more and register to volunteer from June to December, click here and sign up for their mailing list to receive updates.