Fruit and Vegetable Production


The University of Rhode Island Vegetable ​Production ​Program ​​addresses the needs of all vegetable producers​ in Rhode Island and surrounding communities​. Whether ​it’s a one quarter acre ​operation ​or 400 acres, ​URI provides the most current ​science-based ​information in sustainable and profitable crop production practices​ to growers through site visits, newsletters, on-farm workshops and more. Our work spans research and Extension, with applied research conducted at the Gardner Crops Research Center (affectionately known as ​the ​URI ​Agronomy Farm)​ that is then translated for practical application through Cooperative Extension​ workshops and events.

Resources For Growers

Research and Extension Projects

Research: ​Vegetable crop research and demonstrations, including field and high tunnels trials of vegetable varieties, production methods research and demonstrations, and cover crop species evaluations.

​Extension: ​Vegetable crop specialist​s​ and plant diagnostician​s​ ​provide assistance via text, phone, email, in-person farm visits, meetings, workshops, email newsletters and more.

Best vegetable cultivars for local market production

We test new and experimental vegetable varieties for adaptation to southern New England, response to diseases and insects, and suitability for intensive production.Species and market classes trialed change from year to year in response to interest from seed companies and growers. Trials are conducted using IPM and sustainable methods.

Season-extending production methods

Consumers have become accustomed to year-round availability of produce, so season extension is an important part of growing vegetables for local markets. Extending the season helps growers increase farm income and customer loyalty. We work to develop and demonstrate best practices for season extension using high tunnels, row covers, and other techniques.

Pest Management Strategies

Insects, microbes, weeds, birds, and rodents are important parts of the ecosystem, but they can also cause significant problems for farmers. Integrated pest management, minimal risk pesticides, and physical barriers are important tools for protecting crops.

Improvements to soil health

Healthy soil is key to healthy crops, and soil organic matter is an important part of soil health. Amending soil with compost and other organic materials, reducing tillage, and growing cover crops are ways vegetable growers can build soil organic matter and improve soil health.

Urban agriculture

Urban farms and gardens enhance the quality of city life. They provide residents with fresh, local, and culturally appropriate food, strengthen social networks, and conserve biodiversity. Urban gardeners and farmers, however, face unique challenges, including limited access to land and soil contamination. Our research seeks to address these challenges by identifying  best management practices for smaller scale urban and suburban production systems.


Assistant Professor

Plant Sciences and Entomology



Plant Sciences and Entomology

(401) 874

Plant Protection Clinic director