BARRINGTON FARM SCHOOL @ Vendituoli Farm

Fund-A-Farmer Campaign

In 2020-21 the farm’s first-ever strategic plan was developed to position the farm to be sustainable into the future. We are now prepared to take a giant step forward with the hiring of two new part-time positions: a Farm Manager and a Volunteer Coordinator. These positions will greatly enhance the farm’s operation and accelerate the achievement of the farm’s mission and vision, allow us to increase production, extend hours at the farm stand, and teach more people to grow food for our community. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for the 2023 growing season.

Please Donate Today
Online at http://barringtonfarmschool.org/home/donate/
send a check to the Barrington Farm School, PO Box 41, Barrington, RI 02806

BFS MISSION

To grow food, inspire learning, build community, and foster connection to the land, with the support of dedicated volunteers. We invite and welcome you to visit, participate in, and enjoy this historic farm. 

VISION

Barrington Farm School is a thriving, inclusive community farm committed to growing healthy food, restoring soil health, offering environmental education, promoting equitable food justice, and instilling an appreciation for the natural habitat and bounty around us.

See Barrington Farm School Master Plan 2021

Financial partners help us grow! Consider a donation today. Connect with us and help fund anyone of our long term projects – long term viability ensures our ability to bring healthy foods and education to kids and community well into the future.

The 120-year-old farmland located between Lincoln Avenue and Federal Road at Middle Highway is the last farm remaining in Barrington, RI. Purchased by the Vendituoli family in 1897, the farm and farm stand on Federal Road has been in continuous operation by family members and friends. Through the years the farm has grown fruits and vegetables; raised chickens, cows, horses, and pigs. For much of the first half of the 20th century, the farm provided a horse-drawn wagon delivery service offering produce, meats, and dairy products to the community. In recent years, William “Billy” Vendituoli and his sister Gloria Suriani ran the farm and farm stand, selling their homegrown tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and corn. Each spring and summer, Billy hired local students to help manage the farm.

The Barrington Farm School has been operating on Vendituoli land since 2015 and in 2018 transitioned to a protected farm with 501(c)(3) status thanks to the generosity of the community and the Barrington Land Conservation Trust (BLCT).

Community support continues to be imperative to our farm for growing, supplies, farm stand, structures, and cultivating the woodland habitat while educating students and community members of all ages. The open space has beekeeping, fresh food tastings, student environmental groups, teachers, artists, nature studies, and conservation practices. Join us as a volunteer, benefactor, customer, or friend! See you at the farm!

Hello Visitors, Volunteers, Learners!

Are you interested in volunteering, learning to farm organically, working on a school or scout project, bringing students or children to the farm, helping in construction, or doing an internship? Contact the BFS Lead Grower Jessalyn, jessalynlink@gmail.com.

Opportunities for new volunteers

What talents will you bring to the farm?
1. Farming and gardening – volunteers join our farmers in daily farm chores. Tasks include mulching, composting, transplanting, harvesting, weeding and other plant-related tasks. No qualifications or skills required, though gardening experience is a plus.
Length of commitment: continuous (spring-fall)

2. Infrastructure and build projects – volunteers assist farm crew in building, assembling, and fixing structures such as high tunnels, sheds, farm stand, tables, benches, and other carpentry projects. Carpentry and/or construction experience is a plus.
Length of commitment: continuous (year-round opportunities)

3. Committees and Teams – These groups plan for and coordinate different aspects of the farm’s operation. If you’re interested in a particular topical area, contact one of the team leader(s) below.

Communication Team
Manages social media, newsletter, internal communications
Ron, rpittrep5@gmail.com
Wayne, wayneleaver1959@icloud.com
Composting Team
Collects and processes food scraps from the community to create organic fertilizer for the farm
Kelvin, kmisiurski@hotmail.com
Tim, tcfaulkner5@gmail.com
Education Committee
Conducts programs, tours, events, home schooling
Karen, ksealflowers@gmail.com
Wayne, wayneleaver1959@icloud.com
Farm Stand Committee
Manages farm stand; prices and sells farm produce, flower, and honey
Ann, admdoran@gmail.com
Gail T., gail.tonnessen@gmail.com
Food Safety Team
Educates the farm’s volunteers on safe handling of fresh food
Bev, bevmigliore@gmail.com
Infrastructure Committee
Builds, expands, and maintains structures, electricity, and water
Dane, danepursley@gmail.com
Learning Garden Team
Working to establish an ADA accessible garden for disabled volunteers
Bev, bevmigliore@gmail.com
Pollinator Pathway Team
Manages a section of the farm devoted to pollinators (bees, other insects, birds)
Gail, read5@msn.com
Water Resources Team
Works with USDA to manage and expand the farm’s well water and irrigation
Bev, bevmigliore@gmail.com

Community support is imperative to our growing programs that reach students of all ages. Check our Facebook page or email us at barringtonfarmschool@gmail.com for volunteer opportunities.

  • Farm events (yoga, farm dinners, tours, corporate outings
  • Food scrap drop-off site
  • Join a farm committee (education, major projects, marketing, crop planning)

Support the farm! Make a secure donation online.

Interested in having an event at the farm? Birthday parties, campouts …. everything gets a farm theme… Inquire by sending us an email.

Farm Calendar

Calendar for Barrington Farm School

Coming up at Barrington Farm School:

Social Media

OUR MAILING ADDRESS IS:

Barrington Farm School

PO BOX 41

Barrington RI 02806

Check out our social media to see what we’re up to and connect with volunteers and community members. We promise the pictures are beautiful!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwlElS0AGg7/

 

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