HARVESTING RHODE ISLAND - SEASON THREE

WELCOME TO “HARVESTING RHODE ISLAND”, A TELEVISION SERIES WITH RHODE ISLAND PBS – TV THAT PROMOTES PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT AGRICULTURE BY INTERPRETING HOW THIS HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT WAY OF LIFE ON THE FARM WILL MANAGE TO SURVIVE.  THE TELEVISION SERIES  EXPLORES HOW TRADITIONAL SYSTEMS ON THE FARM CAN BE CREATIVELY MAINTAINED AND BECOME MORE OF A DYNAMIC MARKETPLACE.  INTRODUCING THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO THE FARMERS OF RHODE ISLAND  PROVIDES INSIGHTS INTO THE COMPLEX BUT EASILY TAKEN-FOR-GRANTED PROCESS BEHIND PRODUCTS THEY CONSUME. 

THE SHOW SHARES THE CENTRAL STORY OF HOW THE FARMERS HAVE RESPONDED TO CHANGING TECHNOLOGY AND MARKETS SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO SUCCEED AS A BUSINESS.  GROWERS LEARNED HOW TO BALANCE 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 MARKETS BEGAN TO SHRINK DUE TO LARGE RETAILERS’ AND NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS. AS A RESULT FARMERS 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" TAKES 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 2019

EXECUTIVE  PRODUCER              DIRECTOR / EDITOR                   DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY                      RHODE ISLAND PBS


LOCATIONS:

WRIGHTS DAIRY FARM

Location: 200 Woonsocket Hill Rd. N. Smithfield, RI 02896                       Bakery: Paul Dulude

Owner: Elizabeth Dulude, Ellen Puccetti, 5th generation                          Dairy: Cathryn Puccetti, 6th. generation           

Farmed by Steve Puccetti, Clayton Wright (5th generation)                     Retail bakery store on location. 100 - 120 cows

Established: Circa 1800's.   Migration: Canada                                             Crops: Hay & corn for cows

EMMA ACRES

Location: 143 Ten Rod Road, Exeter, RI 02822                                            Products: Dairy Farm

Owners: Edwin and Cynthia Prise, daughters Maggie & Alex                  70 cows Mostly Jersey & some Holsteins           

Established: 1990

 

 

BLACKBIRD FARM

Location: 122 Limerock Rd. Smithfield, RI 02917                                 Products: Scotland 100% Black Angus Beef &

Owner: Ann Marie Bouthillette, 2nd. generation                                English 100% Berkshire pigs

Son - Brandan, wife - Sarah & Assistant - Kevin Hunband                         

Established: 1979                                                                                      Retail Store

 

NARROW LANE ORCHARD

Location: 213 Narrow Lane, North Kingstown, RI 02852                      Products: Apples, Peaches, Blueberries,

Owners: Sharon and Stephen Grenier                                                   and Blackberries. Ten acres/3500 trees.

Established: 2004                                                                                     Retail shop on location.  

BRANDON FAMILY FARM                                            Crops: Thirty-five varieties of vegetables and fruit,

 Location: 592 Fairground Rd.  West Kingston, RI                              cantaloupes, watermelon, tomatoes, etc.

Owner: Albert Brandon                                                   

 Certified Organic

 Established: 1st. Generation Farmer

 

JOHN LEYDEN                                                               Crops: Ten varieties of Christmas trees.

 Location: 179 Plain Meeting House Rd. West Greenwich, RI             Largest tree farm in southern New England.

Owner: John Leyden - 3rd. generation.                                              Solar Farm, Seasonal entertainment on farm.

 Established: 197280 acres of growing, 120 acres total

MORRIS FARM                                                              Crops: Vegetables, herbs and flowers. Famous for

Location: 2779 Warwick Ave. Warwick, RI                                       sweet corn and tomatoes.

Owner: John Morris - 3rd. generation.   Co-worker Paul Sullivan.         Farm stand on location.

Established: 1915       42 Acres in Warwick, 140 acres in Exeter.

SANCTUARY HERBS of PROVIDENCE                                               Crops: A large variety of herbs, some with

 Location: Urban Edge Farm, 35 Pipin Orchard Rd. Cranston, RI          health benefits. Herbs are dried and made

 Owners: Christina Dedora and Eliza Sutton                                       into local herbal teas.

 Established: 2016

GARMAN FARM                                                           Crops: Growing garlic, beans, long pie

 Location: 20-56 Elizabeth Ln. Middletown, RI                                  pumpkins, beans, tomatoes, fresh flowers, etc.

 Owners: Jim and Michele Garman

 Established: 20115.6 acres

YOUNG FARM                                                              Crops: Potatoes, butternut squash, sweetcorn, and

 Location: 260 W Main Rd. Little Compton, RI                                   assorted vegetables. Orchard with apples,

 Owners: Tyler and Karla Young                                                     peaches, nectarines, cherries, strawberries.

 Established: 1997   Total 350 acres                                                  Large assortment of flowers and plants.

    Farm stand on location.

SWEET BERRY FARM                                                   Crops: Famous for large assortment of berries.

 Location: 915 Mitchell’s Lane Middletown, RI                                 Sunflowers, corn, tomatoes. Apple orchard,

 Owners: Jan and Michelle Eckhart                                                  and Christmas trees. Large farm retail

 Established: 1996   100 acres and farming 80.                                 building with kitchen. Weddings and concerts

on location.

LITTLE STATE FLOWERS                                              Crops: Over 120 varieties of flowers.

Portsmouth, RI                        Organic farm, non - certified.

 Owner: Anna Jane Kocon                                                 Flowers for weddings and events.

 Established: 2014   1st. generation farmer   5 acres

VERDE VINEYARDS    

 Location: Rt. 6 and Rt. 101 Hopkins Ave. off Hartford Ave. Johnston, RI         Crops: Vineyard with 8 varieties of

 Owner: Jim Verde                                                                                                    both red and white wine.

 Established: 2013    1st. generation farmer                                                          Beautiful tasting room on

 Vineyard produces electricity from PV cells and heat and cool air                vineyard.    

 from geo-thermal energy.

ELWOOD ORCHARD                                                    Crops: Apple Orchard with additional fruit trees

Location: 58 Snake Hill Road North Scituate, RI 02857               including Asian and European pears.

 Owners: Jean and Al Fuoroli                                                          Selection of vegetables, flowers, plants,

 Established: 1979   13 acres with 3 farmed.                                   and honey. Partial organic.

DIAMOND HILL VINEYARDS                                                       Crops: Vineyard growing Pinot noir.                                  

Location: 3145 Diamond Hill Rd. Rt. 114 Cumberland, RI                               Producing Table wines: Fruit

 Owners: Claire Berntson & Peter    Allen: Son 2nd. generation                   wines: cranberry apple, spiced apple,             

 Chantelle: daughter & husband Stephen Rogers 2nd. generation             cherry, blackberry, blueberry.                      

 Established: 1976            34 acres             Bio dynamic farm                        Tasting room & shop on location.

PHANTOM FARM                                                                     Crops: Apple orchard. grows blueberries,

 Location: 2920 Diamond Hill Rd. Cumberland, RI   Rt. 114                      mums, pumpkins, bubble gum plums.

 Owner: Kerri Stenovitch                                                                           Produces apple cider. Twenty                                                

Established: 1930 purchased by Kerri in 2012   6 acres with                     varieties of apples. Large country store

tore over 1000 trees.                                                                                      on location selling products with coffee shop.

Newport Vineyards                                                                      Crops: Vineyard with large tasting room

 Location: 909 E Main Rd. Middletown, RI 02842                                          for wine. Produces Wild Coyote

  Owners: John and Paul Nunes.                                                                    Hard Apple Cider. Tap Root

 Established: First planting 1977 and under Nunes ownership in 1995.     Brewing Co. with tasting room.

 Over 100 acres.                                                                                       Two restaurants and a large store

                        with products. Weddings and events on location.

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