Historic Farm & Homestead
Our garden is an important part of our project, which is to restore and preserve the entire Historic Metcalf/Franklin Farm. The farm is the last complete farm in Rhode Island with 65 acres of pristine meadows and wooded areas with an 1800 English Style Bam, and an 1854 Colonial Farmhouse. The Town of Cumberland owns this National Register Nominated property of historic significance.
The garden has become a gathering place for citizens to join in and take part in the planting, maintenance and harvesting of the vegetables. The work in the garden starts in May when we welcome approximately 100 students from various schools and grades to do the actual laying out of the garden, installing the irrigation system and planting all the seeds and plants.
Last year many visitors and groups that otherwise would never have the opportunity to take part in a worthy cause like the garden. Included in the visiting groups were students and staff from the San Miguel School, Woonsocket Youth Resource Center, the Spurwink School, students from Brown, Johnson and Wales, Providence College, and RIC. In addition, we had children and adults from the Boys and Girls Clubs, scouting organizations and Senior Citizens. We also hosted church organizations from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, as well as business and fraternal organizations.
The garden is an important part of our project, which is to restore and preserve the entire Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm. The farm is the last complete farm in Rhode Island with 65 acres of pristine meadows and wooded areas with an 1800 English Style Barn, and an 1854 Colonial Farmhouse. The Town of Cumberland owns this National Register Nominated property of historic significance.
Both the house and barn are in dire need of restoration and our all-volunteer non-paid Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm Preservation Association is trying very hard to save this property before it is lost. The goal of our association and the Town of Cumberland is to restore the property into a working farm that will become an education center. The farm, when completed will offer an education center for both teachers and students to study Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Environmental Sciences, Conservation and History.
As we work to feed the hungry, we also work to bring education to this unique place for all to appreciate and enjoy. The preservation association has raised all the funding to keep the garden producing and stopgap measures to rescue the buildings, but we desperately need help with funding to restore and preserve this very special place in Rhode Island history.