We are always looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts. Opportunities are varied and may be ongoing or adhoc.
COMPOSTABLE FOOD SCRAP COLLECTION
Host food scrap collection at farmers markets. Currently, there are 2 hour shifts at the Saturday Market at Newport Vineyards: 9-11 or 11-1, and on Wednesdays at the market on Memorial Blvd: 2-4 and 4-6. • Having your own transporation at the summer markets would make it easy for you to bring the food scraps to Island Community Farms. We can make other arrangement if you don’t have your own transportation. • You can take a time slot on a regular basis or just help out once in a while. To volunteer at the markets, contact Jason Spitalnik at
COMPOSTABLE COLLECTION AT AREA RESTAURANTS/COFFEE SHOPS
To service local restaurants and coffee shops, we need to make collections at least twice a week. This keeps their accumulated compostables down to a manageable size and avoids undesirable odors or sanitation issues. On collection days, you’ll deliver clean, empty buckets to the businesses, trading them out for full buckets. You’ll bring the full buckets out to the farm, add their contents to the compost pile, and cover them from the pile of “brown/carbon” materials. Then you’ll rinse out the buckets so they’re ready to be used again. We want each pickup site to have a team of two or three people. That way each person will normally do only one pickup a week, and the job can be done even if someone is ill or away. To arrange to collect scraps from your favorite eatery, or to be given a place to pick up from, contact: Jeff Heimiller at
WORKING AT THE FARM
There is always work to do around the farm. In particular, we are looking for a volunteer to manage the Heirloom Garden. We don’t currently have an organized way to indicate what needs to be done on a given day (we’re working on that!), but weeding is always welcome! It’s probably best to get an orientation with one of us before diving in, unless you’ve got a lot of gardening experience. For more information, contact Meredith Spitalnik at
UPCOMING SPECIAL SKILLED NEEDS:
We are looking for a welder to help us reconfigure and re-assemble the end walls of our hoophouse. Not only does it need to be welded back together, but we also need to make some modifications. If you are or know a welder please contact Kyle Hence at
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: