HARVESTING RHODE ISLAND - SEASON TWO

“HARVESTING RHODE ISLAND” IS A TELEVISION SERIES WITH RHODE ISLAND PBS – TV AND WILL PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS THROUGH FOLK LIFE STUDIES BY INTERPRETING HOW THIS HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT WAY OF LIFE ON THE FARM WILL MANAGE TO SURVIVE.  THE PILOT WILL EXPLORE HOW TRADITIONAL SYSTEMS CAN BE CREATIVELY MAINTAINED AND BECOME MORE OF A DYNAMIC MARKETPLACE.  INTRODUCING THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO THE FARMERS OF RHODE ISLAND WILL PROVIDE INSIGHTS INTO THE COMPLEX BUT EASILY TAKEN-FOR-GRANTED PROCESS BEHIND PRODUCTS THEY CONSUME. 

IT WILL TELL THE CENTRAL STORY OF HOW THE FARMERS HAVE RESPONDED TO CHANGING TECHNOLOGY AND MARKETS SO THAT THEY CANCONTINUE TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS.  GROWERS HAVE HAD TO BALANCE THE TRADITIONAL APPROACHES THAT WERE HANDED DOWN TO THEM WITH THE VARIABLE REALITIES OF TODAY’S BUSINESS CLIMATE.  IN THE LATTER PART OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY LOCAL WHOLESALE MARKETSBEGAN TO SHRINK DUE TO LARGE RETAILERS’ AND NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS. AS A RESULT GROWERS INCREASED THEIR DIRECT MARKETING THROUGH ON-SITE RETAIL STANDS, PICK YOUR OWN PROGRAMS, FARMERS MARKETS AND SELLING THROUGH FARM FRESH TO LOCAL RETAILERS. THIS DIRECT APPROACH HAS IN TURN STIMULATED DIVERSIFICATION TO SATISFY THE ECLECTIC TASTES OF INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED CONSUMERS. . A LARGE NUMBER OF CONSUMERS IN RHODE ISLAND ARE UNAWARE OF THE LOCATIONS AND VARIETY OF CROPS THAT ARE GROWN IN THE STATE AND WHERE TO PURCHASE THEM. "HARVESTING RHODE ISLAND" WILL RING THEM ON LOCATION SO THEY CAN SEE THE FARMS AND LISTEN TO THE FARMER'S STORIES.

THE EDUCATED CONSUMER WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY OF THE FARMS IN RHODE ISLAND.

      ALEX CASERTA                          SOREN SORRENSEN                                 JASON ROSSI                                       PREMIERS SUMMER 2017

EXECUTIVE  PRODUCER              DIRECTOR / EDITOR                   DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY                      RHODE ISLAND PBS

 

“Young Farmer/Seasoned Farmer”

“Hops & Vines”

“Farm Stand & Historic Topiary”

“Oysters, Mussels, Quahogs”

“Bees & Flowers”


LOCATIONS:

SUNSET FARM

Location: 505 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI 02882                        Products: Tomatoes, sweetcorn, squash, peppers

Owner: Town of Narragansett Circa 1989-90                                               herbs, eggplant, pumpkins, potatoes strawberries.

Farmed by Jeff and Ethan Farrell / 5th & 6th. generation                        Retail & wholesale black angus beef on location.

Established: Circa late 1800's.

PEZZA FARM

Location: 2279 Plainfield Pike, Johnston, RI 02919                                                          Products: Flowers, plants, vegetables,

Owners: Doreen & Mike Pezza 2nd. generation, daughter & son 3rd. generation      pumpkins, herbs, fresh eggs, petting zoo.

Established: 1947

Migrated: Father from Italy

 

HOPKINS SOUTHDOWN

Location: 1125 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI                                  Product: Sheep, brood ewe & coming yearling ewe.

Owners: Debbie & Don Hopkins                                                               Retail shop on location for the purchase of fresh meat.

Established: 1983

 

WINDMIST FARM

Location: 71 Weeden Lane, Jamestown, RI                                                              Products: Sheep, cattle, vegetables, honey.

Owners: Martha & George Neal                                                                               Fresh meat and products sold at farm. 

Established: 1960  History of farm from 1678 when town was incorporated

Farmed by eight different families over the years

SODCO FARM

Location: 264 Exeter Road, North Kingston, RI 02877                                              Products: Corn, Harmony brand

Owner: Linda Tucker   3rd. generation                                                                         and Black Beauty sod.

Established: 1950

Migrated: Grandfather from Norway

PACHET BROOK TREE FARM

Location: 4484 Main Road, Tiverton, RI                                                  Eleven varieties of Christmas trees. Choose and cut

Owners: Jean and Jay Bento                                                                     farm and tagging. Trees travel as far as Washington, DC

Established: 1973  Farmland dates back to late 1600"s.                       and some as high as twenty feet and hand trimmed.

DON JOSLIN BEEKEEPER

Location: 535 Main Street, Hopkinton, RI                                                                                        Joslin Hill Apiary: Honey can be

Owner: Don Joslin                                                                                                                                purchased as various locations.

Established: 2010                                                                                                                                  Teaches courses on bee keeping.

Migrated: Family came over from England many generations ago                                              History: Honey dates back to the

and worked as farmers.                                                                                                                        Egyptians and never goes bad.

ROBIN HOLLOW FARM

Location: 1057 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown,RI                                                     Over 70 different varieties of flowers.

Owners: Polly and Mike Hutchison                                                                                      Sell at farmers markets. Flowers for

Established: 2005                                                                                                                   weddings.

WICKET TULIPS

Location: 90 Brown Avenue, Johnston, RI                                                Pick your own tulip farm. 250,000 bulbs planted.

Owners: Keriann and Jeroen Koeman                                                        Bulbs can be purchased. 

Established: 2015

Migrated: Jeroen is from Holland

TILTED BARN

Location: 1 Hemsley Place, Exeter, RI                               Growing hops and Christmas trees.

Owner: Matt Richardson                                                      Hops are used to brew on location.

Established: 2014 Brewery opened.                                   Crafted beer can be purchased in tasting rom.

NEWPORT VINEYARDS

Location: 909 Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842                                                       Active vineyard with tasting room, wine shop,

Owners: John and Paul Nunes                                                                                       two indoor restaurants and a cafeteria. Serving

Established: 1995                                                                                                              outdoors in good weather.

Farm dates back to 1701 as Bailey Farm. Purchased Perry Farm for growing

in addition. Listed on National Historic Register

ALLEN HARBOR OYSTERS

Location: 13 Lakeview Avenue, Johnston, RI                                           Oyster farm in the west bay of North Kingston.

Owner: Steve Dipetrillo and Andrew Smiley.                                           Growing Virginia Oysters. Company  conducts research    

Established: 2007                                                                                          on the development of an oyster reef in Narragansett      

Ethnic Heritage: Italian                                                                                 bay.

 

AMERICAN MUSSEL HARVESTERS / SALT WATER FARMS LLC.

Location: 165 Tidal Drive, North Kingston, RI 02852                                      Ships across country as a fresh restaurant ready

Owner: Greg Silkes 2nd. generation. Works with two brothers.                  product. Company conducts research on deep water

Established: 1980                                                                                                  growing of mussels and oysters in Narragansett Bay.

Migrated: Grandparents from Hungry & Norway.

FARMING TURTLES

Location: 174 South Road, Exeter, RI 0282                                                          Large assortment of micro greens growing in      

OwnerLori Roberts                                                                                              greenhouses. Sells products to distributors and

Established: 2006                                                                                                  can be found in local markets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                    

ACOPIA HARVEST

Location: 712 Brood Street, Central Falls, RI 02863                         Hydroponic growing with 30,000 plants.

Owner:  Ameth Alzate                                              Developed a Green Machine for growing.

Established: 2012                                                                                   Green Machine School Program

                                                                                                                  Teacher training program in 60 schools in 6 states.                                                                                                   

MANFREDI FARMS

Location: 77 Dunn's Corner Road, Westerly, RI                               139 Acres. 1938-54 grew potatoes, raised pigs, chickens,

Owner: Richard Manfredi                                                                     and dairy cows. 1954-64 grew potatoes. Current products

Established: 1938 land purchased by grandfather and father.      include corn, tomatoes, eggs. Experiments with varieties

Migrated: Father came from Italy                                                      of tomatoes.

COLE WALKER FARM

Location: 261 Main Road, Little Compton, RI                                     Walkers Farm Stand selling a variety of fresh products

Owner: Cole Walker                                                                                 and includes tomatoes, corn, squash, lettuce and flowers.

Established: 1964

Migrated: Grandfather and father farmers from Scotland.

GREEN ANIMALS/THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY

Location: 380 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth, RI 0287                                                              Vegetable and herb gardens, flowers            

Owner: Preservation Society of Newport                                                                           and orchard trees with victorian house

History: Country estate purchased in 1872. Left to Preservation Society in 1972.      overlooking Narragansett Bay. 

Oldest topiary garden in the United States with over 80 topiaries.                              Edible School Yard program for children.

 

LUCKYFOOT RANCH

Location: 1337 Gilbert Stuart Road, North Kingstown, RI                                   Products include tomatoes, cherry peppers,

Owner: Matt Thibodeaux                                                                                          eggplant, squash, string beans, cucumbers,

Established: 2009                                                                                                      flat beans, garlic, beets, kale, cabbage, 

History: Farm started by Grandfather & father raising cattle & rabbits.          watermelon and cantaloupe. Farmers markets.

CONFREDA FARMS

Location: 2150 Scituate Avenue, Hope, RI 02831                               Total of over 400 acres. Signature crop hybrid corn,                

Owner: Vincent Confreda 3rd. generation.                                         tomatoes, Rose Bianca eggplant, flowers, plants, herbs,

 Father was 2nd. generation and sons are 4th.                                   assorted vegetables and christmas trees in winter. Large

Migrated: Grandparents came from Italy where they farmed.        retail shop and greenhouses.

CARPENTERS FARM

Location: 520 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI                  Early 1900's harvested potatoes and corn. Current

Owners: Ben and Mary Carpenter4th. generation                                   harvest includes garden vegetables and corn. Average

Cody works on farm as 5th. generation.                                                    80 head of cattle, and pigs, chickens, and fresh turkeys  

Established: Over 100 years old.                                                                 for the holidays. Retail stand sells fresh beef.

SIMMONS FARM

Location: 1942 West Main road, Middletown, RI                               Beef, cows,lamb, gat, chickens, ducks, pigs, and vegetables.

Owners: Karla and Brian Simmons 5th. generation.                         Retail shop sells beef. Karla makes 8 varieties of goat cheese.

Established: Mr. Coggeshall came to RI with Roger Williams         Fresh yoghurt and butter. Petting zoo on location.

in 1632. Coggeshall family married into Simmon's family & in

1878 became Simmons farm.