Organic Gardening Center
“Our goal is to grow
OPENING THIS SUMMER
THE GOOD EARTH FARM STAND
Certified Organic Produce
Read on for more details
9-5 every day
GIFTS FOR GARDENERS
of course we have our ususal extensive selection of CERTIFIED ORGANIC VEGETABLE& HERB
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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to Nathan, you'll be seeing two other new faces here at The Good Earth.
"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
More of what's new...
We've really gone BANANAS over TROPICALS
STRAW MULCH WITHOUT WEED SEEDS!
ALL NATURAL GRUB CONTROL
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.