Northern Rhode Island Conservation District



Snake Den Farm

Check out the RFP below.





UPDATE: March 17, 2014



Applications for Snake Den Farm are due this Friday, March 21st, no later than 4:00pm.

For questions about the application, please contact Gina DeMarco at NRICD: 401.934.0840 or



Request for Proposal: Agricultural
Leaseholds at Snake Den Farm

Northern RI Conservation District is seeking agricultural producers to lease land at Snake Den Farm, a 150-acre farm in Northern Rhode Island.

Click here to read the Request for Proposal and read more about the Snake Den Farm project.

Proposals are due to the NRICD office by March 21st at 4pm.

For additional resources, including farm/business planning resources and Snake Den Farm Best Management Practices, click here.

In year one, we are opening two areas up to potential leaseholds. The first, named Historic Field, is 7.87 acres. The second, named Big Field, is 18.23 acres. For more information on the soils, please see this soil map table and refer to the 2012 RIGIS Soil SurveyAttribute Table Information. Click the links for more information on wetlands or topography.


NRICD and Snake Den Farm

In November 2013, the Northern RI Conservation District signed a lease with the RI Department of Environmental Management to oversee the management of historic Snake Den Farm, a 150–acre farm located on Brown Avenue in Johnston. The farm is located within the boundary of Snake Den Park, a 744-acre State Park that stretches from Hartford Avenue to Greenville Avenue, along the Brown Avenue Historic District. The farm was founded in 1789, and was maintained as a working farm for over 200 years. For more information on the history of the farm, click here.

It is the Northern RI Conservation District’s mission to use a sustainable, conservation-minded approach to bring historic Snake Den Farm back into agricultural production. Using this approach, we strive to:

  • Use Best Management Practices that enhance the integrity of Snake Den Farm’s natural resources
  • Foster a community bond between the farm and our neighbors
  • Provide land for successfully growing agricultural enterprises

While getting the land back into production is NRICD’s primary goal, in time we are working on developing a program to create a center for agricultural education, re-open the historic farm museum to the public, and make Snake Den a community attraction. We are looking forward to community involvement in our project and want to make it a place for the public to learn and enjoy.

Wish List

We have some start up needs that we are hoping our community of partners, friends, neighbors and those who have invested in the property in the past and have a fondness for this farm may be able to assist with.

We need:

  • 2 refrigerators
  • 2 electric stoves
  • 1 dishwasher
  • 1 washing machine
  • 1 dryer
  • 1 safe and secure wood stove (connections helpful, too) and/or a pellet stove

If you have any of these items that are in excellent condition and are willing to donate them, please contact us and we will arrange a pick up.

We are also taking donations to alleviate some of the start-up costs involved with this project. First and foremost, we are looking to get the second floor of the farmhouse up to code, which is a cost that exceeds $12,000. We have a very limited budget for this large undertaking, so anything helps! If you are interested in donating to Snake Den Farm, please call us at 401.934.0840. Right now we accept checks, and should be able to take credit cards shortly.

Interested in learning more about this project?

Contact us and we will be happy to assist you!

Gina DeMarco — Northern RI Conservation District, District Manager

Kate Sayles — Snake Den Farm Project Manager

free hit counter



Home | About Us | Education | Snake Den Farm | Agriculture & Forestry | Current Activities | Partners | Contact Us

 © Copyright 2004-2014 Northern RI Conservation District. All rights reserved.
2283 Hartford Avenue • Johnston, RI 02919
Tel: (p) 401.934.0840 • Fax: 401.934.0843