Last year, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributed more than 2.2 million pounds of fresh produce to people in need of food assistance in Rhode Island. Local farm businesses and our network of community farms produced 278,000 pounds of that total.
Our network of four 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. In total, these farms produce more than 80,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables that are distributed through our network of member agencies.
To get a sense of how community farms contribute to the Food Bank:
Each spring, our community farms begin accepting 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:
Charlestown Community Garden
100 Park Lane, Ninigret Park Charlestown
Coordinators: Susie Fehrmann and Steve Symonds (845) 559-4561 or (401) 742-7625
East Bay Food Pantry Community Farm
192 Poppasquash Rd, Bristol
Coordinator: Nicki Ann Tyska (401) 396-9490
God’s Little Acre
622 Putnam Pike, Smithfield
Coordinator: Paul Santucci (401) 286-5854