Hard Work and Smart Agriculture Help Feed the Hungry
Motivated by the high prices of natural or organic food at local supermarkets, NACEPF's founder John Primeau had a vision to grow healthy food and work with local charities and food banks to distribute it to those in need at no charge. In 2013, the vision was realized when NACEPF purchased 170 acres of land in Scituate, RI.
Over the last five years, NACEPF has developed this land into a farm with eight greenhouses, which produce and donate over 150,000 bundles of naturally-grown, pesticide-free food each year. NACEPF’s farm property is designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency and holds a Farm Level 2 Certificated of Exemption from the RI Department of Administration.
At Verdant Pastures, farm workers gain valuable knowledge and skills in agriculture, greenhouse building, crop production and harvesting. NACEPF applies the science of agronomy (producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation) in a variety of ways at Verdant Pastures. For example, NACEPF built greenhouse tunnels that provide ambient heat to the soil and extend the agricultural season by three months. This heated floor structure is not only economical, but diminishes the use of hydrocarbons in the environment.
“Because of the support of organizations such as NACEPF, our Food Closet was able to serve an average of 61 visits a month. Our Food Closet clients were able to supplement our meals with a wonderful variety of nutritional fresh vegetables each week. Thank you for your support of this most worthwhile ministry.”
-Jean Grover, Food Closet Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal Church, North Scituate, RI