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    Sept - Oct
    Free Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch
    Weekends only Mid-Spet thru October
    Pumpkins are priced by the pound.
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  • Corn maze
    September and October. See website.
    Home of Scary Acres:haunted corn maze and haunted hayride
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    September and October. See website.
    One hour tractor driven hayride throughout one of RI's oldest operating vegetable farms. The final destination is our pumpkin patch, where children can pick their own pumpkin.
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    Free Hayrides - Weekends only. Mid-September thru October. See website.
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Confreda Greenhouses & Farms in Hope, RI integrated pest mgmt / GAP certified


Founded in 1922, Confreda Greenhouses & Farms is a 400 acre farm run by Vincent Confreda.
2150 Scituate Avenue
Hope, RI

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3 miles from Hope, RI 02831
(401) 827-5000 preferred
Fax (401) 826-3276

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A little about Confreda Greenhouses & Farms
At Confreda Greenhouses & Farms, we’re in the greenhouses and fields every day, working hard to ensure that our customers get the best of the best: fresh produce, hardy plants, and great local products.
We are proud of our longstanding history as a family farm. We are committed to the community through nutrition and safety initiatives, as well as educational programs. It’s our goal to offer these things to you with plenty of fun added in. So you, our customers, can experience the family farm feeling every time you walk through our doors.

That is our commitment to you.

Fruit

Vegetables

Herbs

Honey + Maple

Nursery + Flowers

Grains + Feeds

Spreads

Specialty

Baked Goods

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Farm Profile: Confreda Greenhouses & Farms by Jennifer Baumstein
Published: December 3, 2009

Hope, RI - There aren't many farms in Rhode Island that have the scale of production as Confreda Greenhouses and Farms. The farm is over 400 acres dispersed on three plots of land, the bulk of which is in Hope. Confreda is large enough to stock a full-time farm store, and sell to distributors, among them Farm Fresh Rhode Island's Market Mobile. Having toured the late fall bounty, I could tell what a bustling scene the spring and summer must have been. A well-worn van was the choice vehicle that Raymond Aubin, the education coordinator and general manager, took me in to drive alongside acres upon acres of raised beds full of peppers, eggplants, kale, squash and the farm's final stalks of corn. The beds, says Ray, are used for a host of reasons, the most important to him being for water conservation. They fertigate (add water and fertilizer) through drip tape. That reduces both the amount of water and fertilizer needed, which they try to keep to a minimum. The beds were covered with hay, which keeps fruit clean, reduces weeds, and makes their harvest easier, says Ray.

Confreda has been working with the USDA on a number of projects that address conservation issues, which they consider to be top priority for their operation. They have two ponds that provide much of the water for their operation, which are refilled by the rain throughout the season. One is at the bottom of the fields, so water can reach it through contours in the land, and the other is on the side of their large field. They have also created a number of swales that now reduce soil erosion to the tune of millions of pounds every year. These practices help both the environment, and their bottom line, a true concern for any business.

Confreda is larger than most farms in the state - they grow a half million pepper plants grown annually! - and they want to continue to grow and support the local food movement, but there are always challenges. Efficiencies matter, and they are work hard to make sure their operations run smoothly under every new endeavor. The farm is run by the same family that established it eighty years ago. Now the family wants to make sure that it provides food and fun for as many people as possible by best maximizing their resources.

In fact, Ray is also the "Agritainment Coordinator." He leads walking tours of the site, and helps set up their annual Scary Farm, which he thinks are just a few of the ways to maximize the amount of contact the farm has with the community. But it's much more than entertainment value that the community gets. As Ray says, time on the farm increases his customers' awareness about all of the food that goes in to their bodies. He believes the growth and continuation of relationships with his neighbors will drive what is grown and eaten in the state.

As participants in the first year of the Market Mobile, and through their conservation practices, Confreda Greenhouses and Farms has taken bold steps towards a healthier Rhode Island and they look to provide even more good food for all.