Bristol’s Mount Hope Farm has 127 acres of fields, woods, streams and ponds for walking, hiking and exploring. It has a year-round farmers market. Executive Director Jennifer Bristol, pictured above, came onboard a year ago, tasked with developing a five-year plan for the nonprofit farm. “I’ve talked to hundreds of people and they all have in their mind this picture of what the farm is to them,” Bristol said. “Marrying the visions of all those people to allow them to maintain the experience and support the future and health of [the farm] is what has to happen on our end.”
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced that $150,000 in farm-viability grant funds will be available to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. The funds are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $205,000 in grants to Rhode Island projects that promote “specialty crops” last October. This month the department concluded another round of 16 applications for an additional $150,000 in grants that will be awarded in the fall.
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