Farm Conservation

Protecting Rhode Island’s Working Farms

Agriculture in Rhode Island (25 minute video)

Five farmers share their stories – the urgent need to protect Rhode Island’s remaining working farms is complicated by challenges that farmers face: finding land to farm and sustaining the economic viability of farms.

FarmRI 2.0: Crafting the Next Generation of Initiatives for
Saving Rhode Island’s Working Farms

A day-long forum where farmers, land trust leaders and agriculture leaders discussed Rhode Island’s farm conservation issues and identified the best strategies for protecting working farms.

Other Resources

  • Protected Agricultural Lands Database — The Protected Agricultural Lands Database (PALD) is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive national inventory of spatial data about protected agricultural lands. It contains boundaries of easements that permanently protect private farmland and ranchland in the U.S. as well as important information about each site. (website)
    Source: Farmland Information Center
  • National Resources Inventory — The National Resources Inventory (NRI) is an appraisal of natural resource conditions and trends on non-federal land conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). (website)
    Source: Farmland Information Center