MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — Garman Farm, located on Elizabeth Lane in Middletown, is offering a way for Aquidneck Island residents to help save a local tree farm as part of its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
For every Garman Farm CSA share purchased and paid in full between Feb. 2 and 14, Garman Farm will donate $50 to the Aquidneck Land Trust’s campaign to save Spruce Acres, a 22.6-acre tree farm on the Portsmouth and Middletown town line.
“It’s February, and love is in the air – what better way to celebrate your love for Aquidneck Island than to buy a Farm Share and pledge your support to a great cause?,” wrote Garman Farm on its Facebook page Wednesday.
The offer to save Spruce Farm is a way for the Garman Farm to give back, which also benefited from land preservation.”
“The Aquidneck Land Trust is our landlord – we wouldn’t exist if they hadn’t preserved a significant part of the former Silvia potato farm,” wrote Garman Farm operators.
The Garman Farm CSA program runs from June 19 to Oct. 30. By subscribing to the CSA program, residents become a stakeholder in the farm.
“You’ll reap the benefit of 20 weeks of vegetables, herbs, and fruits from our farm in Middletown. And you’ll be doing a great thing for the preservation of open space on the island,” according to Garman Farm.
The farm offers market-style pickup every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Green Grocer, located at 934 East Main Road, Portsmouth. “We bring a selection of what we’re picking that week, and you choose your seven produce items. Because it’s a market-style pick-up, you decide what you want,” according to the program booklet.
For more information about the CSA program, visit https://squareup.com/market/garman-organic-farm-llc or pick up an informational booklet at The Green Grocer.
Spruce Acres Farm
The ALT is currently working to preserve Spruce Acres Farm to “make it the permanent home of our organization,” according to the ALT website.
“Due to its location and the owner’s desire to sell, Spruce Acres is at high risk of being stripped of its farming and wildlife values and lost to residential development in the near future. If ALT does not act now, Spruce Acres will likely go the way of so many former farms,” according to the ALT.
“Spruce Acres Farm, located on the Middletown/Portsmouth line, has a long agricultural history. The current owner grew up on the property, which was turned in to a Christmas tree farm by his father over 50 years ago. However, tree planting ceased a few years back and Spruce Acres is now on the market.
“ALT’s purchase of the property would not only ensure that it remains as natural open space, but also provide the opportunity for demonstration farms, additional walking trails and more.”
For more information about the Aquidneck Land Trust or efforts to conserve Spruce Acres Farm, visit http://ailt.org/spruceacres/.