2009-08-27 / News

Jamestown Community Farm becomes a non-profit corporation

The Jamestown Community Farm has formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Rhode Island as a 501c(3), it was announced this week.

Established in 2000, the Jamestown Community Farm had been operating as part of the Conanicut Island Land Trust. Farm organizers say this has been a successful cooperative effort for the past nine years.

Spokesman Eric Archer, a Jamestown attorney, said that by incorporating as its own non-profit organization, the community farm can seek “its own identity,” while continuing to grow fresh vegetables for those in need and providing educational opportunities concerning local agriculture.

With the exception of the Jamestown Community Farm having a board of directors, nothing else will change in its operation.

Archer said that as an independent organization, the community farm can create its own strategic plan. The new board of directors charged with that mission includes Deb Foppert, Rob Rohm, Bob Sutton and Lynda Sutton.

A press release states that for the last nine years, the farm has enjoyed the support of Jamestown and the surrounding region, from volunteers who offered many hours of farm work and those who donated equipment, supplies and funding. “We hope to continue this broad community and regional support for our mission. The Jamestown Community Farm plans to solicit memberships and continue to operate without taxpayer sponsored governmental support,” the press release said.

The Jamestown Community Farm volunteers have grown and harvested well over 100,000 pounds of fresh vegetables and distributed this fresh produce to meal sites and food pantries through the state, the press release said.

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