Sustainable growing & Seed Saving at Scratch Farm

Katie Miller, sustainable grower at Scratch Farm

Katie Miller, sustainable grower and seed saver at Scratch Farm

Scratch Farm is a worker-owned, two-acre farm near Providence, RI. One of seven independent farms on a 35-acre property managed with the Southside Community Land Trust, Scratch Farm grows over 100 varieties of sustainably-grown vegetables and fruits each year. Produce is available through CSA shares and the Little City Growers Cooperative to Providence restaurants. Uncommon offerings in 2012 included ground cherriesAsian greensceleriaccelery,collardsnettlesparsnipsrutabagassunchokes and tomatillos.

Honeybees help ensure crop pollination and seed setting; the honey will not be harvested for sale. Greens are harvested and then let go to seed for future crops. Husk cherries, tomatillos and parsnips grown for seed continue to pop up around the farm. In spring 2013, Katie launched her own seed company, Small State Seeds. [Read 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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