Sustainable Practices at Rosasharn Farm

 

Young Farmer Nights are held alternate Tuesday nights each summer in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The evenings include a farm tour, potluck supper and bonfire. Farm owners, farm workers,  interns and gardeners get together, talk about farming, share a potluck supper and build a network of peers and mentors.

The first host in 2012 was Margiana Petersen-Rockneywho grew up on

Margiana Petersen-Rockney of Rosasharn Farm with Heritage Pigs

Margiana Petersen-Rockney of Rosasharn Farm with Heritage Pigs

Rosasharn Farm, an 80-acre farm in Rehoboth, MA where her mom Anne Petersen is nationally-known for her Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats. Margiana started her own bio-intensive farm with a five-acre lease from her mom in 2009. Plants and animals are ecologically integrated. The farm’s vegetable CSA feeds 50 families. Margiana also raises Cornish Cross chickens and heritage pigs for local restaurants and CSA members. The farm continues to expand its educational offerings. An assistant farm manager, two summer interns and member-volunteers work on the farm and teach together. [Learn more here.]

 

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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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