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SWEET GIG: Beekeepers James Cook and Samantha Jones stand in front of some of their hives at one of their bee yards near Iola, Wis. The couple has worked with honeybees for several years but started their own business this year.  / AP PHOTO/CARRIE ANTLFINGER

Pandemic’s sting fails to stop beekeepers

IOLA, Wis. – They wrote it right into their business plan – an expectation that, each year, at least half the stock on which...
ALL IN ONE BASKET: Heather Retberg collects eggs at the Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot, Maine, in this 2016 file photo. Debate is heating up in Maine over state legislation that requires cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption.  / AP FILE PHOTO/ROBERT F. BUKATY

Maine mulls legislation mandating cage-free eggs

Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption, but some industry advocates...
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

JAYNE MERNER SENECAL, 38

40 Under Forty 2019 winner: JAYNE MERNER SENECAL | 38 OWNER/MANAGER, EARTH CARE FARM What is the best advice you have ever received? Do what you love...
SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

PBN on WJAR-TV, May 14, 2018

Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the newspaper’s most recent cover story and other...
SHOPPERS BROWSE at the Fisherman’s Memorial State Park Farmers Market in Narragansett. / COURTESY DEM

DEM announces opening of state park farmers markets

PROVIDENCE – Three weekly farmers markets are now open in Rhode Island state parks, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced Friday. The three markets...
FINLAYS celebrated a ribbon cutting for its new R&D and manufacturing facility in the Quonset Business Park. From left, Steven J. King, managing director of Quonset Development Corp., Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, Steve Olyha, CEO of Finlay Extracts & Ingredients USA, Stefan Pryor, R.I. commerce secretary, and Richard A. Welch, president, North Kingstown Town Council. / COURTESY FINLAYS

Finlays celebrates ribbon cutting at new Quonset Park facility

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Finlay Extracts & Ingredients USA Inc. celebrated the ribbon cutting for its 28,800-square-foot global research and development, and manufacturing center at...
The flagship urban greenhouse of Gotham Greens was built in 2011 in Brooklyn, atop the Greenpoint Wood Exchange building./COURTESY GOTHAM GREENS HOLDINGS.

Gotham Greens awarded $2.2M in economic incentives for urban greenhouse development

PROVIDENCE – A company that grows and distributes pesticide-free vegetables and herbs from rooftop urban greenhouses plans to build a 95,000-square-foot facility in Providence,...
MATT TORTORA, founder and CEO of WhatsGood, won the Cox Business and Inc. Magazine pitch competition at September's Get Started Rhode Island challenge./COURTESY MATT TORTORA

Five Questions With: Matt Tortora

Matt Tortora is the founder and CEO of WhatsGood, a Providence-based online marketplace that uses web and mobile apps to connect wholesale food purchasers...

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