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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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.


On May 4, 2013, we will be out at Island Community Farms planting vegetables on Sustainable Aquidneck’s plot.  Come out and enjoy the beautiful spring ritual of planting seeds and plants into the earth to nourish us all.  We will start at 10am and continue until we are done, rain or shine.  In case only of torrential downpour, hail and nasty, lashing wind, we will plant on Sunday, May 5th.  Some tools are available, but if you have them, please bring your own hand rakes, trowels and kneelers. For more information, contact Meredith Spitalnik at .


On May 18, 2013, we will be out at Island Community Farms planting the herb layer in the Food Forest.  Come out and learn about Food Forests, Permaculture, edible landscaping and planting for native pollinators.  We will start at 10am and continue until we are done, rain or shine.  In case only of torrential downpour, hail and nasty, lashing wind, we will plant on Sunday, May 5th.  Some tools are available, but if you have them, please bring your own shovels, rakes, trowels and kneelers. For more information, contact Meredith Spitalnik at .