RI's only
Organic Gardening Center

“Our goal is to grow
exciting, beautiful,
healthy plants in
harmony with nature-
plants that provide
enrichment for
body and soul”


What's New!!

OPENING THIS SUMMER

THE GOOD EARTH FARM STAND

Certified Organic Produce
grown here at
The Good Earth
That's What!!!

Read on for more details
about the farm stand and
other new stuff


Spring/Summer Hours

9-5 every day


ANNUALS

PERENNIALS

TROPICAL PLANTS

VEGETABLE PLANTS

HERB PLANTS

NATIVE PLANTS

FLOWERING SHRUBS

NATURAL FERTILIZER

POTTING SOIL

COMPOST

MULCH

STATUARY

GARDEN ORNAMENTS

GIFTS FOR GARDENERS

DISPLAY GARDENS


of course we have our ususal extensive selection of CERTIFIED ORGANIC VEGETABLE& HERB
plants for your home gardens

Hello friends of the Earth and of The Good Earth

Happy spring to all you beautiful people. This year we celebrate our 15th year and we owe all of you a very heartfelt thank you. John and I started this journey in March of 1995 on a small plot of land on Seven Mile Rd. in Scituate, R.I. After a few years there and a warm welcome from the neighbors we longed to find a place of our own but somewhere nearby as we grew to love the town of Hope.
In 1999 we found that little piece of paradise in the Hope section of Cranston.
Thanks to the daughters of Lester and Chester Knight and many of you who hoped, prayed, consulted the stars and held our hands through it all we bought the Knight Farm.

The Knight family had owned the beautiful land for many generations and Lester and Chester-two young dairy farmers who were displaced by the Scituate reservoir project-walked their cows from their condemed land in Scituate to move in with their grandparents and set up their farm at this location. They worked hard and won awards for the high quality of their milk. They were even paid a premium price for their milk it was so good.

The Knight brothers had four daughters between them and at that time it was not considered appropriate for women to farm, though the girls sure did plenty of work around the farm.
So when the brothers retired there was no one to run the farm and it had not been actively in use for many years by the time we came along. We were very fortunate to find and purchase this property and have as one of our neighbors the granddaughter and great granddaughter of Chester Knight, who are very knowledgeable about the history of the farm.

Not far from this farm on a farm in Johnston R.I. John also was born into a life in agriculture. In the early 1900's the Holscher family moved from Holland to a farm on Hartford Ave. and began to grow cut flowers for the area florists. Johns' grandfather Herman Rudolf Holscher had grown up as the son of a caretaker on an estate in the Netherlands and after a apprenticeship at Kew Gardens in England came to America and began Holscher's Greenhouses.
John's father John took over the business in the fifties and along with John's mother Kay, switched from cut flowers (which were now being imported from South America) to growing bedding plants specializing in Geraniums. John worked for both his grandfather, who grew almost exclusively organically, and his dad who embraced the new modern chemical ways. This was to influence John in his adult years to move back to organic methods which he realized was the most sensible way to grow plants and tread lightly on the earth.

Joyce also grew up not far away from here and although she came to things horticultural a bit later in life, she has without question made a real connection with the world of plants. Prior to opening The Good Earth Joyce had her own bakery "Toute de Suite" in East Greenwich where she made Beautiful Breads, Perfect Pastries and Lucious Lunches. Many of you already know of her culinary talents from the tasty treats she sometimes bakes for our visitors here. As a vegetarian and fabulous cook she has always been interested in plants as food and how to combine them deliciously. Her talents in the kitchen carry over perfectly in combining colors and textures in gardens as well as in container planters, a fact recognized by all who visit us at The Good Earth.

With that little bit of history it's time to move into the present and talk about what's happening this season at The Good Earth.

Yes, it's true what you've heard!
Our fields will be full of
fresh ORGANIC VEGETABLES and FRUITS this summer!!!

TOMATOES, PEPPERS, SQUASH, CORN, BEANS, BROCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, EGGPLANT, SWISS CHARD, SWEET POTATOES, WATERMELON, RASPBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES, and much more will be for sale right here at THE GOOD EARTH FARM STAND

We've been talking about this for years but for one reason or another it hasn't happened until now. This year we've teamed up with Nathan D'Avignon, a young organic farmer who for the past few years has been selling his produce directly to restaurants and markets. He's started planting out in the field so before you can shake a tomato stake we'll be picking FRESH, LOCAL, ORGANIC veggies.
We'll keep you in the know as to what is raedy and when.

In addition to Nathan, you'll be seeing two other new faces here at The Good Earth.
Mina and Erika will be helping us care for all our plants and our customers as well.

"Hello there!  My name is Mina and I'm excited to be helping Joyce and John on Saturdays at The Good Earth.  I recently moved back to Rhode Island after having lived in Maine for several years.  While in Maine I worked as a professional gardener and adored every moment of it.  Currently, I am studying for my masters in plant science at the University of Rhode Island. Hope to see you Saturdays at The Good Earth!"

Erika has a Bachelor’s of Science from Plymouth State University in Business Management. She was involved in all aspects of workshop planning and community outreach coordination as Vice President of Common Ground, an environmental & social justice student organization at PSU.  While interning at the Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth New Hampshire, she worked towards educating kids and teens about environmental awareness and growing and maintaining their own gardens while providing their own healthy nourishing food.  

We're looking forward to the coming season with three such young & talented
additions to our GOOD EARTH family.

More of what's new...

FRUIT TREES
Apples, Pears and Peaches with fruit already a-dangling

BULK COMPOST
For those of you who need lots of Compost
we'll be selling Organic Compost by the yard, so come on by
with your pickup truck and we'll fill it right up.

We've really gone BANANAS over TROPICALS
Bananas, Elephant Ears, Papyrus and Cannas, Oh My!

STRAW MULCH WITHOUT WEED SEEDS!
MAINELY MULCH is a heat treated straw mulch that's
just great for your vegetable gardens

ALL NATURAL GRUB CONTROL
If you've got those pesky pests crawling around in your soil We've got GRUB GUARD to send them packing.

Thanks to a warmer than average Spring, our PEONIES are POPPING in the garden so be sure to stop in for a stroll through the gardens.
Rhode Island's only Certified
Organic Garden Center

1800 Scituate Avenue Hope, RI
401-826-3130

www.goodearthorganicgarencenter.com

info@goodearthorganicgardencenter.com