Sustainable production leads to success at Little River Farm

Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi in the bentwood greenhouse they built at Little River Farm.

Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi in the bentwood greenhouse they built at Little River Farm.

How many young farmers met their financial goals during their first year in business?

Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi started their 3-acre farm with solid training and experience in organic growing, high energy and a good business plan. Bob has an agricultural degree from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences or Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. He worked as a farmhand at Greenview Farm in Wakefield, RI. Camille met Bob while an apprentice at Greenview Farm. The couple praised the hands-on organic production, marketing and sales training from Greenview Farm’s owners, Craig and Emily Totten. Bob and Camille pass along these lessons to their farm apprentice at Little River Farm.

Founded in 2013, Little River Farm is a 3-acre vegetable farm. Farm owners use organic and sustainable practices to grow a broad variety of greens, herbs and vegetables. Bob and Camille’s favorites are arugula, mesclun greens, root vegetables, heirloom tomatoes and peppers. Little River Farm sells through a 40-member CSA, two farmers markets and a spring Market Garden Festival. The farm also sells wholesale to food cooperatives and restaurants.

Learn about this farm’s intensive planting, season extension tools and custom-built, bentwood greenhouse 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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