HARVESTING RHODE ISLAND - SEASON THREE

“HARVESTING RHODE ISLAND” IS A TELEVISION SERIES WITH RHODE ISLAND PBS – TV AND AND PROMOTES PUBLIC AWARENESS THROUGH FOLK LIFE STUDIES BY INTERPRETING HOW THIS HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT WAY OF LIFE ON THE FARM WILL MANAGE TO SURVIVE.  THE TELEVISION SERIES  EXPLORES HOW TRADITIONAL SYSTEMS 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 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 MARKETS BEGAN 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" 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 2018

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.