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East Farm Demonstration Vegetable Garden - a College of Environmental and Life Sciences Master Gardener Project

East Farm Demonstration Vegetable Garden provides an educational facility for URI Master Gardeners and the public.

The 7,000 sq. ft. veggie garden and perennial flower gardens at East Farm is completely maintained by URI master gardener volunteers and provides a number of gardening demonstrations including: 

  • vertical growing with trellises,
  • container gardening for urban gardeners or back porches,
  • tomato trellises,
  • raised beds,
  • square foot gardening,
  • crop rotation,
  • companion planting for pest control,
  • a fig tree,
  • an asparagus bed,
  • wide rows and mulched paths for weed control,
  • drip irrigation

In addition, we have a composting operation, a Themed Children's garden, and a perimeter perennial flower garden.

Our garden and harvesting volunteers are trained in Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and our garden is RI GAP certified.  

All the vegetables produced are given to the community Food Bank.  

In addition to our planting, garden maintenance and harvesting, we provide an Open House to the public with professional and amateur cooking demonstration, garden talks, soil testing and programs for the kids.

This year the Open House is August 11th from 10 am to 2 pm. This event is provided free to the general public.

Schedule of Events:


Cooking Demonstrations

10:00 - 11:00 Indian Cuisine Chandu Dondeti
11:00 - 12:00 Veggie Quesadillas TomCharpentier
12:00 - 1:00 Veggie Stir Fry Normand LeClair


Garden Talks

10:00 Tomatoes Tom Hoagland
10:30 Composting Nan Quinlan
11:00 Garden Pests Rosanne Sherry
11:30 Container Gardening Ann Perkins
12:00 Square Foot Gardening Rosanne Sherry
12:30 Herbs Demonstration Dori Gerhardt / Peg Buttenbaum
1:00 Garden Pests Rosanne Sherry
1:30 Drip Irrigation Scott Douglas


"Eat the Rainbow Children's Garden" Activity

10:00 - 1:00 Create Rainbow Spinner Plates  
10:00 - 2:00 Name the Garden Critters  
11:00 - 2:00 Be a Garden Detective  

Additional activities

Soil testing from 10 to 2, bring your soil samples and we will test then while you watch the demonstration and talks

Master Gardener Kiosk will have veteran Master Gardeners available to answer your gardening questions.

The South Kingstown Farmers Market will be openduring the event as well.

Directions to URI East Farm Demo Veggie Garden:

Located in Kingston Rhode Island on RI Route 108 (address 19 east Farm Road, Kingston RI 02881)

Take Route 138 East to Kingston, RI. At the Rt 108 intersection, turn south and travel 1/2 mile to the farm on the left.
The garden is adjacent to the Master Gardener Field house on east farm. Click for directions from Mapquest

For the high tech we are located at the following GPS coordinates: 41.472889, -71.514014

Photos of the Garden: 2010 Open House, 2011 Garden

dditional information: Scott Douglas at Scott@demo-garden.com