Progreso Latino

Dear Friends and Followers of the Barrington Farm School: Please join us in supporting our brothers and sisters in Central Falls, RI, a diverse, densely-populated city of 19,000, including 6,000 children. Like many urban communities but especially in Central Falls, the public health and economy have been greatly affected by Covid-19. We are partnering with Progreso Latino, which operates a large food pantry in Central Falls. We will be bringing donated products to Progreso Latino once a week. WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS! A box has been set up at the farm stand. Please drop off: 

  • Unexpired nonperishable food products.
  • Boxed cereals and snacks for children.
  • Diapers in sizes 3 and up.

 Please, every time you are shopping, remember to pick up something to drop off at the farm. Just one item will be greatly appreciated! You can make a difference. By donating once a week at the farm, we can demonstrate our concern for our urban neighbors and show how much we care for people both inside and outside of our town.

Queridos Amigos y Colaboradores del Barrington Farm School:

Por favor, únanse a nosotros para ayudar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas de Central Falls, RI, una diversa y densamente poblada ciudad de 19.000, que incluye 6.000 niños. Como sucede en muchas comunidades urbanas, y especialmente en Central Falls, la salud publica y la economía han sido afectadas por Covid-19.

Por eso nos hemos asociado con Progreso Latino, que opera un food pantry en Central Falls. Llevaremos donaciones a Progreso Latino una ves a la semana. 


Hemos puesto una caja en el farm stand.

Por favor depositen:

  • Comida no perecedera que no este vencida.
  • Cereales en caja y meriendas para niños.
  • Pañales de talle 3 para arriba.

Por favor, cuando vayan de compras recuerden agregar algo para depositar en la huerta. 

Usted puede hacer la diferencia. Donando una ves a la semana demostramos nuestra preocupación para nuestros vecinos y cuanto queremos a todos dentro y por afuera de nuestra comunidad.

Standing Up

When Brian Morley showed up out of the proverbial thin air and said he’s building us a tool shed, we just about kicked ourselves. 

A quick board approval for budget and location gave way to hours in his woodshop (aka garage). A couple of weeks later, a picture via text said, “are we ready to stand up these walls?” 

Indeed. With the help of farmer Milos and some power tools, plus the steady hand of two or three other volunteers, the shed went up with nary a hitch. 
We’re proud of Brian’s efforts and his handiwork, and for having become a steady presence on the farm. Thanks a shed full, and it’s on to the next project.

* have any skills you’d like to share with the farm? Let us know. There is always another project on the horizon. 

Flower CSA Work Share

Flower CSA Work Share
This week’s newsletter!

The flower fields are alive with perennials such as bronze fennel, lilies, irises, yarrow, and various herbs. They will soon be joined by our first planting of dahlia bulbs! Our sweet peas and bachelor buttons are also off to a great start.

We are incorporating a few edible components into our arrangements this year such as chocolate mint, oregano, and sage. We are most excited to welcome 4 families to our pilot CSA flower work share program. Courtney, Aby, Robin, Jody, and Ellie will be field crew and harvesters for the flower bouquets at the stand. They will begin their volunteering in early June.

Board members and volunteers gathered in the fields this weekend during the bustling plant sale to transplant stock, sage, yarrow, snapdragons, and direct seed sunflowers. We are looking forward to more consistent warm days before bringing zinnias, rudbeckia, cosmos, and amaranth out of the seed-house and into the fields. 

— Suzanne B., Board Member

Heads up on Lettuce

My girls and I planted 2 beds of lettuce, escarole, and bok choy on a beautiful sunny day at the farm last week. It took a bit of extra time as Vera, 8, decided she wanted to create a pattern out of the red and green lettuce heads, and her sister Evelyn, 4, was the hander of the transplants.

These days, instead of rushing from one thing to the next, we find ourselves in search of activities to fill the days. This mom was more than happy to sit back and watch the planting of a bed of greens unfold.

Many thanks to all who have worked towards creating such a space where these memories can happen. We look forward to munching on crisp, crunchy, cool greens come late spring!

— Aby Ollila, Farmer Volunteer

Aby is already proving to be a tremendous asset to our farming program. Since joining us a few short months ago, she has made herself right at home. She brings with her a wide range of farm experience and skills. Thanks for being with us, Aby :)!

Read more in our newsletter!

5/16 Begins Ongoing Plant Sale

Our veggie plants go on sale this weekend, beginning at 10 in the morning on Saturday. Plants will be priced between $1 and $3 depending on the variety.

We will have 5 varieties of tomato plants, Big Beef, Cherry Bomb, Cherry Gold, Mountain, Celebrity. We will have Ace “Bell” Peppers, and two varieties of Eggplant, Oriental (slender) and Nadia “Italian”.

We will also have a limited variety of other plants for sale, based on what remains after transplanting in our fields.

After Saturday, plants will remain available for self-service pick up at the farm stand, using cash box or Venmo.

Worm Tea
Perhaps we are lovers of tea, but are we worm tea lovers? Come by Saturday during our plant sale to find out about brewing worm tea, some worm tea.

Bring your own one-gallon milk jug with a cap to take home some amazing worm tea! It is life for your transplants!!

A Little Greening

This past Wednesday, we donned our gloves and masks and headed into the fields. Our mission: find a home for a tender and brave little Rhode Island Greening apple tree.
As we walked, scoping for the right spot, Spencer of Sowams Cider Works Company filled us with all the necessary info about grafting cider apple trees while offering a step by step how-to guide for caring and nurturing them for a long and happy life.

Wishing I had brought my journal to take notes, I experienced a therapeutic entrancement while the young tree first entered its now permanent home. Fenced in and well-watered, this little RI Greening is in good hands as it shoots to 9 ft high this summer. A tiny sapling as of yet, this tree will be fruitful for generations of visitors to come.

Thank you, Spencer, for this wonderful donation and addition to our farm flora. We look forward to tending to her every need.

Read more about what is going on at the farm in our newsletter here.

Allium Fields Forever

Knowing how well the trial of onions faired in 2019, this year’s plan to expand the allium harvest has been on point. With over 2000 garlic stretching into warrior one pose, 3500+ onions have gone from seed to sprout and into the ground. Fingers crossed deluges and other unknown forces keep out of the way and allow these hardy transplants to flourish.

Still, we know this is only but a small contribution to the local food network.
Earth day idealism: imagining, we have at the farm but an acre and a half to sow seeds. Even if we wanted to, we could not feed all but a fraction of the east bay. Now, if home gardens carved out just portions of their urban lawns or open spaces, surely we’d fair better at feeding ourselves and each other while offsetting carbon prints.

There are great videos of course for how to garden like a farmer, but the truth is there is no learning without trial and error. If it were up to us, we’d be setting up shop on your southern facing yards fitting all kinds of seedlings and transplants into each nook and cranny.

Be brave this year and tear out that 1950’s lawn. Why grow something green if it’s not making it into your smoothie?

–Farmer Dan

Inedible Values

For so many, plans have been put on hold until a more appropriate time, and for now, we continue waiting out the storm. We have observed an array of responses to the situation at hand, from the early hoarding of supplies to some throwing caution to the wind.

Yet, one of the most poignant is the adaptation and resilience of farmers. All over the country, farmers are reworking their entire business model while also maintaining their usual pace of spring- prepping, seeding, planting, weeding, and around again. While markets slowly come online, farmers are coordinating drop off and pick up systems to get food to their customers.

Food, in general, has become a hot button topic. Seed companies nationwide are facing shortages as homeowners turned home gardeners are starting their own plots in the backyard. While, for some, growing their own food may be fueled by fear, others are realizing the inconspicuous and inedible values of gardening.

The calming and rejuvenating effects of being outside, the endorphin-releasing response to physical exertion, and the immune-boosting consequence of interacting with healthy soil all lead to the general enjoyment of the process. The average home gardener may not be aware of the exact science, but all the evidence they need is how good they feel after having their hands in the soil.

— Farmer E.S.

Spring Rain

The crackling lighting’s rolling thunder had us counting Mississippi this Sunday evening.

For those awake then or awakened, the energy in the storm gripped us, not fearfully, though emboldening us, not timidly, but encouraging us to hold strong, to push through with force.

It had been a while since this farmer recalled a thunderstorm as intense, and perhaps in replicating the intensity of the moment we are embracing together at a distance, the spring storm relayed a message from on long ago.

Do you not wonder and recall how those first storms affected human beings, how we must have huddled and sought shelter, relying on each other for comfort?

If ever it were a time to huddle together it is now. We take care of ourselves in our isolation, careful and cautious, so that we may gather once again en masse.

By now we have consolidated, and we breathe in and out together, deeply aware of all that is taking place around us. We are there for each other. A phone call, a letter, a video conference – we connect and care for each other- weathering the storm.