AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY
In Providence County, farmers and forest land owners care about the quality of our water and soil resources. The Northern Conservation District (NRICD) provides assistance to them through the Farm, Forest and Open Space Program, and financial and technical assistance through our partners at the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Many farmers and forest land owners are eligible for USDA-NRCS programs that provide free technical assistance and funding for implementing conservation practices on their land. If you are interested in more information, please check out the Healthy Lands RI website, or contact Kate Sayles or Cassius Spears.
- Kate Sayles, Agriculture and Forestry Program Manager
- Cassius Spears, District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
Farm Conservation Planning
Are you interested in placing your farm in the Farm, Forest, and Open Space current use tax program? NRICD currently has funding to write farm conservation plans for eligible land owners free of charge. We can also answer your questions about the farm portion of the program, and walk you through the process of completing an application.
To learn more or start the process, contact Gina DeMarco:
Open Space Mapping Services
If you are applying for the Open Space portion of the Farm, Forest, and Open Space current use tax program, your tax assessor will require a set of maps showing the various soil types you have on your property. NRICD is able to provide these maps on a fee-for-service basis. Mapping services cost $60/hour, with typical properties taking 1-2 hours to complete.
For more information to request this service, please contact Kate Sayles:
Below you will find the links to several resources that will help you with your Agriculture or Forestry needs. Please email Kate Sayles at NRICD if you would like more information on any of your resource needs.
- FFOS — Farms, Forest and Open Space Program: A Citizen's Guide (application for FFOS)
- A Farmer’s Guide to Employment Laws in Rhode Island
- A Guide to Farming in Rhode Island
A wealth of information on finding land, zoning, insurance, taxes, business plans, soil testing, water conservation, and much more!
- Agricultural Producer Survey
If you are a farmer, please take our survey so that we can better serve you!
- Composting Workshop
The Northern RI Conservation District led a composting workshop at a Scituate Conservation Commission Annual Meeting. Below are links to the resources provided at the workshop. For any questions, please contact Kate Sayles.
- Farm Equipment Needs & Solutions for Southern New England
- Extending The Growing Season Workshop
- Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Guidance Documents and Planning Tools
- Conservation Farming in the Scituate Reservoir Watershed Bulletins
The 2012 theme for the Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program is, "Conservation Farmers are Good Neighbors." We are providing farmers with some new information on farming resources, the Scituate Reservoir Watershed, and the benefits of conservation farming. We are bringing our message to farmers, students, new residents to the Scituate Reservoir Watershed community, homeowners, businesses, legislators, community leaders and churches within the watershed. If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact Gina Demarco at (401) 934-0840, or email@example.com.
If you are interested in checking out our "Conservation Farming in the Scituate Watershed" newsletters, please see the links below:
- Winter Workshop Presentations
- Keeping Livestock: Protecting Water Resources and Health
Livestock Fact Sheets and Self-Assessment Worksheets
- USDA-NRCS Programs
- RI Department of Environmental Management's Division of Agriculture
- RI Department of Environmental Management's Division of Forest Environment
- Rhode Island Forest Conservators Organization (RIFCO)