$85,000 USDA grant funds agricultural education

Congratulations to Stu Nunnery, Director of RICAPE

Industry leaders discuss priorities.

Industry leaders discuss agricultural priorities with Congressman Langevin.

(RI Center for Agricultural Promotion and Education, for receiving an $85,000 USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant. He and RICAPE will use the funds to create a web-based, broadcast-quality video training program for farm operators called “The Destination Farm in Transition.” The programs will help farmers further improve their agritourism appeal to visitors from within and outside RI borders. RI Representative James Langevin, RI Nursery & Landscape Association Board Chair, Clem Desjardins, RI Agricultural Partnership Coordinator, Ken Payne and RICAPE board members attended a formal announcement at the Farmer’s Daughter in South Kingston, RI.

Photo (Left to right) John Schenck, Publisher of Edible Rhody, Sara Partyka, Owner of the Farmer’s Daughter, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), Stu Nunnery, Director of the RI Center for Agriculture Promotion and Education (RICAPE), Nancy Parker Wilson, owner of Greenvale Vineyards and Jonathan Lhowe, President of http://www.VisitNewEngland.com. [more]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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