The Providence Journal reports the number of farms in Rhode Island grew by almost half in just a decade in a period in which the number of farms nationally fell, according to the Census of Agriculture.
Ken Ayars, chief of the Division of Agriculture at the state Department of Environmental Management attributes Rhode Island’s gains reflect a growing movement toward local food and sustainable agriculture among the state’s consumers and it its restaurants
“Rhode Island has a particularly vibrant local food culture and people are tapping into that,” he said. “We have a very savvy public who want to know where their food comes from and are very supportive of local farming.”
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