What We Do

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

FIRST ISLAND-WIDE FOOD SCRAP COLLECTION AND COMPOSTING PROGRAM

Turning food ‘waste’ into compost for soil to grow local food, Sustainable Aquidneck collects food scraps at the farmers markets and from cafes and restaurants.  Many of these restaurants buy local foods, so by collecting their compostable scraps and returning them to the soil, we are able to close the loop.

Partners: Aquidneck Growers Market and ecoRI, Inc.
Current sponsorship: Open!
Past Sponsors: Newport Restaurant Group, A Market

ISLAND COMMUNITY FARMS @ GREEN END

Our community farms and gardens on 8.3 acres off Green End Avenue in Middletown demonstrates the viability and joy of small-scale sustainable agriculture while engaging local students and volunteers in hands-on learning.

The project includes:
• ¼ to 3 acre micro-farms with tenant growers
• ¾ of an acre of Community Gardens
• ½ acre Francis Paul Silvia Permaculture Food Forest
• The John C. Clark Heirloom and Children’s Gardens
• Community-supported Apiary
• Perimeter trail open for public recreation

ISLAND COMMONS

Sustainable Aquidneck is a collaborating partner in the development of a sustainability center at the Old Parish House on 70 acres of preserved land surrounding St. Mary’s Church in Portsmouth.

Partners: Aquidneck Land Trust, ecoRI News, Aquidneck Growers Market, St. Mary’s Church, Sarah Gibbs Trust

FUTURE PROJECTS

  • Farm Equipment/Tool Co-op & Rental Facility
  • Aquidneck Seed Bank: Seed Saving & Exchange
  • Aquidneck Community Food Center
  • Garden set-up teams for hire
  • Sustainable Social Venture Fund Micro-Lending/Micro-Grant Facility
  • Mobile Farmer’s Market: Deliver fresh local produce to more people
  • Educate with printed and video information
  • Nursery for vegetable starts and permaculture plants
  • Certified commercial kitchen
  • Food Processing Facility
  • Local Food Venture Incubation

 

If any of these future projects look like something that you would like to help turn into reality, please contact us at: