John Barden and Hazel Dean were married in 1930 and founded Barden Family Orchard in 1931. They planted some of the first apple trees along the eastern edge of the orchard. These trees are the oldest trees on the farm, and are evidence to John Barden’s keen interest in the science of apple growing. They were “grafted” many years ago, meaning that a new cutting was placed in the notch of a branch of an existing tree to produce an additional variety on that tree. These particular trees have a mixture of Cortland, Macintosh, and Macoun branches on them. John was excited to experiment with new apple varieties and enjoyed growing fruit into his early 80’s.
Like his grandfather, Gilbert also has a strong interest in horticulture, and loves to farm. In the 1980’s, he and his grandfather began to replant much of the orchard to both semi dwarf apple trees as well as peaches. He also began to plant pumpkins and winter squash for more diversity. This was an exciting change for the customers. Not only could they pick apples and peaches, but they could also pick a pumpkin for Halloween.
Barden Family Orchard now grows many varieties of apples, pumpkins, winter squash, peaches, and blueberries, and has added raspberries, blackberries and periodically, sunflowers! They began offering sweet apple cider in 2008. They are thankful for the encouragement, ideas, and patience of their customers as they have grown.
As their love of farming and the land have expanded, so have their farming and conservation practices. The Natural Resources Conservation Service helped to design a drip irrigation system that was installed on the farm in the early 1990’s. The same type of drip irrigation system was installed in 2008 on the remainder of the farm. This is the most efficient use of one of their most important resources. As members of the Rhode Island Fruit Growers Association they attend meetings in cooperation with the Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association. At these meetings, they work closely with the Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts Cooperative Extension on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs to produce their fruit in the safest and most environmentally conscious manner. They use IPM to more safely protectant their crops. IPM measures have included, applying early horticultural oils to reduce the population of insects that have overwintering eggs, mating disruption for boring moths on peach trees, studying the insect cycles based on degree days to reduce un-necessary pesticide applications, encouraging beneficial insect populations to provide pest control and others.
In 2005, they became fulltime farmers, dedicating themselves to growing quality fruits and vegetables for those dedicated to buying locally grown produce. Since then, the entire Barden Family has been involved in the farm. They work together from crop production through harvest, attending farmer’s markets around Rhode Island, meeting customers who make their annual trip to pick apples and peaches, or the weekly customers that visit the farm market that opened in 2007. The Barden family is dedicated to growing high quality fruit with excellent flavor. They invite you and your family to come and enjoy their farm.
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At Farmtrue, it is our unwavering commitment to be more connected – to ourselves, each other, and nature. By honoring the true you, we modernize self-care for optimal sleep, digestion, and energy: the three governing pillars of health. It’s a sincere conviction rooted in the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda, one that inspires us to eat, live, and act with more care.
Since 2005, Robin Hollow has been growing gorgeous flowers and helping to create amazing events in Rhode Island and the greater New England area. Our team of design experts are committed to making your floral dreams a reality. We grow 4 acres of flowers and greens, spring through fall, and bring in other blooms so your event is made with the finest flowers all year long.
Sweet & Salty Farm is run by husband and wife team Andrew Morley and Laura Haverland with a lot of help from our wonderful team of people, and of course, the cows.
A little bit about us:
Andrew – head milkmaid, cheesemaker, animal tender and fence mender. Realized he might be destined for a life as a dairy farmer after eating his 3,000th grilled cheese sandwich. Descended from a long line of dairy farmers in County Mayo, Ireland who thought they’d escaped a life of twice a day milking when they got to America.
Laura – lead yogurt maker and organizer. Laura also takes charge of marketing duties, happy to hawk our own delicious farm products after spending her finest years in a cubicle marketing other people’s food.
Our mission is to farm the ocean, restore the environment, and distribute the sustainable seafood we raise directly to our community.
Located in Charlestown and Jamestown, Rhode Island Walrus and Carpenter Oyster Farms sit on a six-acre and a two-acre lease in the pristine waters of Ninigret Pond and Dutch Harbor. The largest of nine salt ponds in the state, Ninigret Pond is the perfect place for bivalves to flourish. The pond’s best asset is the sandy overwash plane just south of Ninigret Wildlife Refuge.
At Wishing Stone Farm our growing methods mirror our commitment to sustainable agriculture and the protection of open space, while providing food for our local communities. We started our farm in 1983 as early adopters of the organic movement. Our son Silas grew up on the farm and has been an instrumental part of keeping the farm moving forward. Together we adapt to weather conditions, farming trends, and community interest.
Our farm is located in Little Compton along the southeastern coast of Rhode Island. All totaled we farm about 40 acres around town, with over 15 greenhouse structures, a packing barn, a commercial kitchen and a retail market space. Much of the land is made possible from conservation practices set up by the Nature Conservancy, Sakonnet Preservation Association and the Little Compton Agricultural Agency, along with other private land owners. We welcome the public and CSA members to swing by the farm Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays to pick up vegetables, eggs, prepared food items and much more!
-Skip, Liz, Silas and Ashley Peckham-Paul