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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…

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…

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…

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge lies on a bluff overlooking second beach in Middletown, RI. The small peninsula was once used for grazing livestock and farming before it became a military outpost in World War II. The Refuge was established in 1970, following a 70 acre donation from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and now totals over […] Read more…

Woods Hole Science Aquarium

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that Wood’s Hole, MA is just another quaint seaside village that comes to life with summer tourists. It has delicious restaurants, cute shops, and beautiful ocean views. But there are so many more amazing things going on behind the walls of those small and historic New England cottages and old brick buildings of […] Read more…

Ban the Bag

Last week in Rhode Island, a bill was introduced to the House of Representatives that would ban plastic checkout bags statewide.  Environment Rhode Island has been working tirelessly to educate our state about the issue and encourage passage of the bill. Tonight I attended a letter-writing party and submitted the following letter to the editor to […] Read more…

Colt State Park, Bristol, RI

I have a similar conundrum with Colt State Park as I do with Mt. Hope Farm. The place is so large and the scenery so varied, I’m intimidated trying to capture its essence with words or photographs. I’m just going to have to ask you to trust me – you need to stop by here […] Read more…

Point Lobos State Reserve Carmel, CA

Another beautiful spot we visited on our 2010 honeymoon was Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel,CA. The day was a bit dreary, but the weather did nothing to diminish the incredible, wild beauty of this place. Meadows were filled with so many new-to-me colorful coastal scrub plants and seals slept lazily in rocky coves. From December to […] Read more…

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