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Old Sawmill Farm, Coventry, RI. Photo (cc) daawn.

Providence Business News has a story today about the Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership, a group formed to craft a 5-year strategic plan for the state’s agricultural sector.

“This strategic plan will be the first of its kind because it will be written for Rhode Island farmers, not for a state agency,” the group said in a press release. American Farmland Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, has been hired to write the strategic plan.

The new partnership will promote sustainable agriculture, Eckhart said, reflecting what he called “a cultural shift” in agriculture in Rhode Island. “People are getting back to the farms, wanting to know where their food comes from,” he said. “It’s more than just buying produce – it’s about quality of life, it’s educational and recreational.”

GrowSmartRI’s Director of Programs, Shelia Brush is on the Steering Committee for the Partnership and is also on the Advisory Committee for the 5-year Strategic Plan.

To get farmers’ input for the strategic plan, “listening sessions” have been scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on March 30 in Exeter March 31 in Slatersville, and April 15 in Portsmouth. For more information, contact Tom Sandham

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