After a particularly damaging fire caused severe damage to the property last September, the Rhode Island Farm Incubator is nearing full restoration, with an estimated completion date scheduled for next month.
The fire raged through a garage on the property, causing serious damage to the structure and destroying literally tons of produce, resulting in business interruptions. The garage ultimately had to be demolished and rebuilt.
All throughout the reconstruction and managing losses from the fire, farm manager and co-administrator David DeFrancesco said, continued development of the Rhode Island Farm Incubator and Shewatuck was taking place at the same time, with produce still being grown in a greenhouse on the property.
“We have the continued development of the facility and the nonprofit, as well as the initiation of the for profit,” he said. “At the same time, we’ve lost a good portion of what would have been our revenue and our stream of work through the late fall and winter. So we had to manage those very carefully and with a considered approach.”
“We continued running our greenhouse, watering by hand, running a hose from the back of this facility across the road and into the greenhouse,” he continued. “A little trickier than what would be ideal but, of course, you do what you got to do.”
In the greenhouse, the farm is currently growing radishes, beats, rosemary, thyme, lettuce, greens, spinach, leeks and more.