News Bites: Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Now Open / Coggeshall Farm Museum Winter Activities

by David Dadekian

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The Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Grants Program: Application Now Open

Rhode Island Food Policy CouncilThe Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) is now accepting applications for the LASA 2016 Grants Program.

Details on the LASA program and 2016 LASA Grants Program is available at the RI Food Policy Council website as well as the RI DEM website.

Please click here for application guidelines, and here for the online application.

Online applications are preferred, however mailed or hand-delivered applications are accepted as well. The fillable application in Word format for hard copy submission is available here.

All grant applications are due to RI DEM by 11:59pm on February 16, 2016. Submissions received after will not be considered.

Technical Assistance sessions will be offered in January and February. Details on these will be sent out via email so please remain on this list serve if you would like to receive this information.

The LASA Grants Program is made possible by $100,000 in funding from the State of Rhode Island, and an additional $130,000 in matching funds generously contributed by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. This is the third year of this unique, unprecedented public-private partnership aimed at benefitting and strengthening the local food system in Rhode Island.

Click here to view the LASA Showcase booklet featuring the 2013-2014 grantees.

From the Forge to the Hearth, Coggeshall Heats Up Winter Days

Casey Duckett, Assistant Director, operating the the Blacksmith Shop

Casey Duckett, Assistant Director, operating the the Blacksmith Shop

January/February Schedule of Daily Activities
Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Dr., Bristol, RI (off Poppasquash Road)

As winter’s cold descends, Coggeshall Farm Museum will warm up visitors with a variety of demonstrations and activities to entice all ages. Experience 18th-century candlemaking, blacksmithing and hearthcooking. Discover Coggeshall’s “Bornstein Collection” of historic hand tools, or help the museum document its 43-year history by identifing photographs from the last four decades.

Coggeshall Farm Museum is a living history museum honoring the the lives of hard-working 18th-century farmers, Rhode Island’s original middle class. Visitors are encouraged to experience first-hand in the daily activities of farm life in all seasons.

Coggeshall is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. In January and February, you’ll experience the daily life of an 18th-century farm in winter.

The following activities are free to Coggeshall members and included with regular admission for nonmembers (Weekdays: $5/adults; $3/children, seniors and active-duty military. Weekends: $7/adults; $5/children, seniors and active-duty military). For more information on any upcoming activities, visit, call 401-253-9062 or email Cindy Elder at

Schedule of Activities (January/February)

Bread Baking Preparations

Bread Baking Preparations

Bread Baking
Saturdays, 11 am: Experience bread baked in a beehive brick oven and help prepare bread dough for the next day.

Saturdays, noon to 2 pm: Learn to make candles from scratch for the long, dark winter ahead using the drip technique and 18th-century molds.

Blacksmith Shop
Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm: Watch our resident blacksmith create nails, knives, hooks and other useful objects in our 18th-century blacksmith shop.

Sundays, 11 am to 2 pm: Join us as we cook up something special over the hearth. From soups to jonnycakes or tasty desserts, every Sunday promises a new hearthcooking experience.

Tool Time
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm (or by appointment): View a rotating selection of Coggeshall’s Bornstein Collection of historic hand tools as our Collections Specialist actively researches the origins and uses of each implement. Scholars and researches encouraged to participate. To schedule an appointment with the Collections Specialist, email McKayla Hoffman at

Memory Lane
Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm: Flip through Coggeshall’s collection of photographs from its 43-year history as a nonprofit organization and help identify people and activities from years gone by.

Trail Blazers
By appointment for volunteers age 14 and up (weather dependent): Get some fresh air and help establish a woodlands trail on Coggeshall’s 48-acre site. Volunteers must complete an application and interview prior to work. Project suitable for students seeking community service hours. To participate, email Casey Duckett at

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