Rhody golden oldies

January 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm 2 comments

riag_rwturkeyHeard of Rhody Fresh–the group of RI dairy farmers who produce and market milk from local cows? How about Rhody Warm–the farmers of the RI Sheep Collaborative who shear their herds and market local wool blankets? These two Rhodies are among the vanguard of Rhode Island farmers who are teaming up to promote local agricultural products.

The idea is not new, but of course you would expect me to say that. This IS a historically oriented blog. In the 1920s and 1930s, Rhode Island farmers were organizing with the help of the RI Department of Agriculture to market their products.  For instance…



How do ya like them (locally grown Rhode Island) apples?


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. greenwalks  |  January 9, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Do Rhode Island Red chickens really originate in RI? When I saw Rhody in the post title, I thought it was going to be about rhododendrons. That’s my Seattle brain for you. Cool to see the local folks getting more business. We are currently cut off from outside our state due to flooding/avalanches and grocery stores are going to start having less to sell because, duh, we get so much from elsewhere via truck. Sorry, random comment, I should go to sleep. Anyway, I dig your blog!

    • 2. greenzonegarden  |  January 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

      Rhode Island Reds are SO Rhode Island! The Red is our state bird, and we have a monument in their honor–a chicken on a plate, I mean, plaque. But back to your comment about how crises make communities more self-reliant…it happens due to economic hard times, forces of nature, war, and conflict. Communities manage to see crises as opportunities to use what they’ve got. Are you eating lots of local apples nowadays? Thanks for writing!


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