Grant supports management of Portsmouth AgInnovation Farm

Students learn about agriculture with hands-on approach

Posted 9/9/21

PORTSMOUTH — The Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District (ERICD) recently received a grant to support its agricultural-education project, the Portsmouth AgInnovation Farm. 

The grant …

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Grant supports management of Portsmouth AgInnovation Farm

Students learn about agriculture with hands-on approach

Posted

PORTSMOUTH — The Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District (ERICD) recently received a grant to support its agricultural-education project, the Portsmouth AgInnovation Farm. 

The grant of $2,000 from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program will support the management of the farm, located at Cloverbud Ranch on Jepson Lane.

Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement supports programs, projects, and events that are intended to strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing and the forest products sector in the Northeast. This program is a combined effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank.

“We are so thankful to Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement for their support,” said Sara Churgin, ERICD’s district manager. “As our farm grows, so do the needs of managing it. Multiple structures have been built including a seasonal high tunnel and storage shed. Community plots for families and gardening beds for our AgInnovation students have been very active all spring and summer. We are thrilled with the response from the community and this grant makes it possible for us to continue expanding.” 

Plans for the farm include the installation of a pollinator garden, outdoor classroom with pavilion, deer fencing, and irrigation. The Portsmouth school district plans to hold STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education classes, as well as after-school programs at the farm. 

This summer, volunteers have been weeding and watering, tasks which the organization says it is in great need of assistance as the growing season wraps up. 

To sign up, interested volunteers should e-mail Margie Brennan at brennanm2@portsmouthschoolsri.org.

For more information, visit www.easternriconservation.org/aginnovation-farm, or contact Sara Churgin at schurgin.ericd@gmail.com or 401/225-6033.

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