Big Train Farm

Rhode Island Certified Organic Vegetables Since 2008

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New England Community Supported Agriculture

May 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

With the quick approaching beginning of the main CSA season I take a deep breath.  So many people have been subjected to my metaphors and analogies that I have to apologize if these two are familiar.  In terms of the seasonality of this business and lifestyle I think about things in these terms:  Spring isContinue Reading

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April!

April 6th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Spring is trying to break out of Winter’s rugged grip!  We are still having very cold days and there is even more snow in the forecast today (April 6th).  But Winter has no choice in the matter, it must relent.  The sun is slowly creeping higher and higher into the southern sky.  Snow can fallContinue Reading

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Farm Fable

March 7th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Here is a fable that I made up on Monday while seeding.  It is probably some distortion of Aesop, but I wasn’t familiar with it.  Here it goes: A farmer was seeding trays of mustard, arduously rolling each tiny little seed into her trays.  She had three trays of mustard.  One was red, one was green, andContinue Reading

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Crossroads RI and Big Train Farm

January 11th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

In 2017 we began a conversation with Don Liberte and David Rocheleau from Crossroads about how to get high quality, organic produce to the neediest people in our community.  How can an organic farm directly impact homelessness in Rhode Island?  Establishments that serve homeless and persons in need are in a unique position to provideContinue Reading

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2018 CSA Season, Open

January 11th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hello and let us welcome you back (or for the first time) to Big Train Farm’s 11th Three-Season CSA program.  We are extremely excited to be starting our first full season at our new property in Chepachet, RI.  For the past three years we have been transitioning off of the farm we called home forContinue Reading

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Ten Years

December 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This year we celebrate ten years in business as Big Train Farm.  I have to admit that at this juncture it’s difficult to know what to address.  So much time, money, people, fun, heartache, and work has passed into history.  Physically the farm has changed almost completely, relocating from one location to another over theContinue Reading

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Ode To The Crew

November 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Of all the assets that we can number on the farm the most valuable one is our crew.  The people who come to the farm every week to work or volunteer are the life blood of the business and the most important aspect of farming.  Big Train Farm is an amalgam of people from differentContinue Reading

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Rain, Rain, Rain, HOT, Rain, Rain, Rain

May 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Folks, it’s been wet.  And dark.  And cold.  And that can be a problem when you are in the business of making plants grow.  We are only slightly behind in our planting schedules, but we are going to be behind in our harvest times going into summer.  Crop plants simply do not grow without warmContinue Reading

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MAY!

May 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Well Folks, the planting season is upon us again.  We have been diligently popping plugs and seeds into the ground and trying to capture as much sunlight and photosynthetic potential as possible.  So far we have planted either in greenhouses or outdoors in our fields: carrots, beets, radishes, cabbages, kales, swiss chard, parsley, dandelion, broccoliContinue Reading

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Goals and Aspirations

April 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to April!  I wanted to take a moment to welcome you back to the CSA and update you on some of our goals for this year.  As you may know from previous posts we are expecting to be fully transitioned to our new property in Chepachet by the end of this year,Continue Reading

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