University of Rhode Island
College of the Environment and Life Scciences ENRE

Welcome to Sustainable Agriculture @ URI

What is "Sustainable Agriculture"?

Sustainable agriculture is both a noun and a verb. The noun describes farming systems that are socially, economically, and ecologically viable. The verb refers to actively farming in such a manner.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to sustainable agriculture. Each farmer and farm and community is different, so sustainability looks a bit different in each locale. Sustainable agriculture is conventional; it is also organic. Sustainable agriculture happens on large commercial farms and small family farms.

In short, sustainable agriculturalists seek to have a healthy, consistent, self-perpetuating relationship with their neighbors (both farming and non-farming), their business contacts, and their environment. Should any one of these relationships disintegrate, the farmer cannot continue to farm; agriculture ceases to be sustainable.

Keeping Rhode Island Agriculture Sustainable

The purpose of Sustainable Agriculture @ URI is to assist Rhode Island farmers in their ongoing efforts at sustainability. We offer a variety of technical supports through on-site visits, sample analysis, internet resources, and telephone communication. When we don't have the answer, we connect farmers with the people/facilities that do. This website is a small part of meeting that goal -- allowing RI farmers to quickly and easily find answers to common questions.

Help Us Help You

If you are a homowner with a plant problem, please contact the URI Plant Protection Clinic.

If you are a Rhode Island farmer, or would like help becoming a Rhode Island farmer, we would love to hear from you. Contact Kristen Castrataro, our Agriculture Extension Agent, with your questions, comments, or concerns.

Kristen M. Castrataro
RI Agricultural Extension Agent
127 Greenhouses, Kingston, RI 02881
At the office: (401) 874-2967
In the field: (401) 935-7308
Fax: (401) 874-2259


Old Red Barn

College of the Environment and Life Sciences
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881 | Phone: 401-874-1000
      Copyright 2007. All rights reserved. Disclaimer | Web feedback
      URI is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of affirmative action.