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On May 30, we hosted the ALT for an Herb Walk at Island Community Farms. The walk was a wonderful success, led by the lovely and knowledgeable Jessyloo Rodriguez and Daryl Ayala. We explored the many beneficial and edible herbs that abound in the hedgerow and in the food forest – nettles, dock, St John’s Wort, wild raspberries, red clover, mullein, evening primrose and honeysuckle, among others. Join us in the fall when we check out the new herbs available in that season!

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One of our neighbors has started this petition.  If you would like to see GMO labeling on products in Rhode Island, you might want to check it out.

Connecticut became the first state to pass a bill that would require food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients.  It’s our turn now.  We want to know what we are eating. GM products are unproven. We have a right to be informed.

That’s why I created a petition to The Rhode Island State House, The Rhode Island State Senate, and Governor Lincoln Chafee, which says:

“Rhode Island and Providence Plantations legislators: Please pass a bill like Connecticut’s that requires food manufacturers to label products containing genetically modified ingredients.”

If you’d like to sign the petition, click here:
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ri-join-ct-to-label-genetica?source=c.em.cp&r_by=8158391

Thanks!

 




Between Island Community Farms and our Composting incubation project, there are some items we could always use more of:

  • Garden tools – rakes, shovels, trowels, forks, hoes, watering cans, etc
  • Wheelbarrows or garden carts, or a trailer for compost pickups
  • Cardboard – we use this as sheet mulch to smother weeds before planting in areas we don’t want to till – we’re not always collecting, and don’t have a place to store large quantities, so please check before dropping it off that we’re in active gathering mode
  • Power tools – If you have a tiller, brush mower or other power equipment that you’re no longer using and would like to get rid of, please, let us know!
  • Planks or boards for raised beds – Untreated wood only, please. Cedar or other rot-resistant wood preferred!
  • Barn doors, decking, or windows for the shed – We would like to build our shed with reclaimed materials if possible, so we are looking for 3 small to medium sized barn doors, several windows and about 400 square feet of deck planking