URI Cooperative Extension offers many free and low cost informational and diagnostic services. Click below to access more information about each!

Free Seed Program

Request free vegetable, flower and herb seed packets in December or January on behalf of a school, community or youth group, 4-H club, community garden, Scout troop or family.

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Gardening and Environmental Hotline

Call, email or visit the hotline for assistance with your gardening and environmental questions from trained URI Master Gardener volunteer educators.

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Gardening Resources

Learn more from free environmentally-friendly gardening resources for beginner and advanced food-production and native plant gardeners.

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Plant Protection Clinic

Contact us for assistance with identifying insects on plants or in the home, and plant diseases for a nominal fee.

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Request Master Gardeners at your Community Event

Request URI Master Gardener volunteer educators to attend your event to answer gardening questions from event attendees and provide free soil pH testing.


Request an Educational Workshop

Trained URI Master Gardener volunteers present workshops on a variety of topics related to environmentally-sound horticulture. Presentations are available for host organizations in Rhode Island and bordering towns in Massachusetts and Connecticut.



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Learn At Home Webinars

Watch recorded workshops on topics ranging from growing tomatoes to home energy efficiency to well water protection from the comfort of your home.