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SAUNDERSTOWN, RHODE ISLAND – Casey Farm was a recipient of a $39,160 Rhode Island Historic Preservation grant for the repair of its historic barns. The farm was one of thirty-eight venues that together received $4.6 million for capital preservation work awarded by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.
Historic New England will use the funds to investigate and address significant issues in the c. 1855 cow and calf barns at Casey Farm to ensure their structural integrity, long-term preservation, compliance with proposed new regulations for organic farms, and safe operation for the visiting public.
The barns have numerous public functions. Tour participants and the thousands of children who take part in the farm’s education programs every year meet in them. The barns play vital roles in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and the weekly farmers’ market managed by the Coastal Growers Market. The barns are also used by volunteers, CSA members, and for informal gatherings and interactions with staff, who routinely offer advice and answer questions about growing methods, animal care, and the importance of sustainable agriculture.