About Meredith Spitalnik

Ever wonder if your home is a good fit for solar? This week you’ll have a good chance to find out! The Solarize Rhode Island program helps communities install solar panels from a reputable installer with flexible financing. And now Solarize is in the Aquidneck area!

Solarize Aquidneck is hosting three free community events to help residents learn about the program in your area. During the events you will meet the selected solar installers for Solarize Aquidneck and be able to ask them questions. These events are open to the public.

  • Middletown – Tuesday, December 8, 7PM in the Town Hall Council Chambers
  • Portsmouth – Wednesday, December 9, 7PM in the Town Hall Council Chambers
  • Newport – Thursday, December 10, 6:30PM in the Newport Library

For more information visit SolarizeAquidneck

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!






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:



A Forest Garden YearPresented by Sustainable Aquidneck in partnership with the Newport Tree Society and Newport Arboretum Week.

Film Synopsis: A snapshot of the quiet revolution of Permaculture as seen through a forest garden in the UK’s temperate clime–an example of what can be done with a minimum of effort to produce an diverse and abundant crop of unusual edible trees, plants, shrubs and ground cover.

Special Guest Panelists:

Scott Wheeler
ISA Certified Arborist; Newport Tree Warden and Tree & Parks Supervisor. Newport Tree Society Advisor.

Dr. Paul Kile
Aquidneck Island’s only rice grower & Permaculture pioneer. Middletown resident.

Chris English
Certified Permaculturist and advocate of localism, bio-regionalism and sustainability. Co-founder of Revive the Roots in Smithfield, RI.