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 cherries, Asian greens, celeriac, celery,collards, nettles, parsnips, rutabagas, sunchokes 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]