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Portrait of an Oyster Farmer

The Rhode Island oyster aquaculture industry has grown the past few years, with over 6 million oysters sold for consumption in 2013 (RI CRMC Annual Aquaculture Report). Although this sector is growing and local oysters are becoming more popular with consumers, many regulatory and financial barriers present themselves to beginning and current farmers. One of the great things […] Read more…

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Save the Bay Exploration Center

Do you ever stand on the beach and gaze out over the water thinking, what is under there? Anyone? Well if you find yourself at Easton’s Beach in Newport, RI you can wonder no more! Save the Bay, an excellent local environmental nonprofit operates an Exploration Center just steps from the rolling waves.  Save the Bay’s mission is […] Read more…

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Healthy Changes for 2015

Happy New Year! Are you sick of hearing about resolutions yet? No? Oh Good I have a few fun posts planned but they weren’t quite ready yet. So instead I thought I would talk about a few little changes that have made it easier to eat more vegetables and support local farmers. I know it’s only the 14th of […] Read more…

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Goodbye 2014

Every year, for the past few years, I have vowed this is the year. This is the year I get my shit together, man up, quit my job because I’ve launched my own successful location-independent business, lose weight, get a beach body from surfing and drinking cold-pressed juices and doing yoga every day, stop mishandling my […] Read more…

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Peckham’s Greenhouse and Holiday Market

Peckham’s Greenhouse is a local institution. Set among the pastoral beauty of Little Compton, RI, it is a garden destination revered by locals and summer visitors alike. Run by the Peckham family for several generations, the greenhouse offers landscape design services, garden supplies and of course, an amazing array of unique indoor and outdoor plants spread […] Read more…

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Nagetuck Farm

One of my favorite annual traditions is finding and tagging a Christmas tree with my parents after Thanksgiving. I was so excited to learn that a beloved local tree farm in Little Compton, RI (formerly Boland’s Tree Farm) had reopened under new ownership as Nagetuck Farm. We walked through the cozy barn and gift shop, and of course […] Read more…

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Making Rose Hip Jam

I had just finished telling a friend that I’d heard you can make jam from the rose hips of the beach rose plant, Rosa rugosa when a fateful email newsletter arrived from the Goldenrod Foundation. HECK YES I DO! It was yet another unseasonably warm and gorgeous fall day, and the drive past the forests and […] Read more…

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Slow Flowers

After years of drooling over images of gorgeous arrangements from my favorite florists Saipua, Floret, and Studio Choo, I started to learn about a growing community (pun intended) of florists, farmers, and flower lovers who are advocating for the production and use of locally grown flowers, often called the Slow Flower movement. Like the Slow Food movement, the Slow Flower movement champions […] Read more…

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United States Botanic Garden

A few weeks ago, I was visiting DC for work and was able to check out the United States Botanic Garden. The current structure is a result of an idea hatched by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison back in 1820. Today, the Garden is committed to demonstrating the aesthetic, economic, cultural, therapeutic and ecological […] Read more…

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