Feast for the Farms raises funds for Rhode Island farms

Aug 7, 2019

Historic New England’s sixth annual Feast for the Farms raised more than $60,000 to benefit preservation projects and support Casey Farm in Saunderstown and Watson Farm in Jamestown, two of the oldest working farms in the state.

Table setting at Feast for the Farm
Feast for the Farms at Casey Farm

More than 130 guests gathered at Casey Farm for a festive evening of farm-to-table dining, live music from Narrow River Band, and fun games. A cocktail reception in the garden was followed by a dinner featuring a menu of dishes that included produce grown at Casey Farm. Dishes included oysters from Ocean State Oyster Festival and Saltbox Sea Farm, stuffed fried squash blossoms from Casey Farm, and the family-style dinner from Russell Morin Catering & Events. The 300-year-old working farm overlooking Narragansett Bay was a charming setting for a beautiful summer evening of Rhode Island food and friends.

JP Couture, who chaired Feast for the Farms for its first five years, was the honorary chair of the event. John and Jayma Coghlin and Jerry and Amy de Rham co-chaired the event committee. Other members of the committee are George and Leigh Denny, Dave Hackett, Tina and Bill Harsch, Gregory Lombardi, Heidi Loomis, Bernie and Traci Maceroni, Sandra Ourusoff Massey, Liz Rollins Mauran, Paul and Jean Moran, Frank Mullin, and Courtney Taylor.

Thanks for supporting Feast for the Farms

Jerry and Amy de Rham, Gregory Lombardi Design, and Teresa and David Martland were lead sponsors. There was also generous support from John and Jayma Coghlin, JP Couture, Jim and Susan Hunnewell, Christopher Karpinsky, Paul and Jean Moran, and Julie A. Porter. Other sponsors included Jeffrey P. Beale, Tom and Betsy Coghlin, George and Leigh Denny, George Fiske, Ellie Ferguson, Dave Hackett at Lila Delman, Tina and Bill Harsch, Sidney and Geoff Kenyon, Locke and Lord, Heidi Loomis, Sandra and Holt Massey, Liz and Frank Mauran, Karen and Warren McFarlan, Carl R. Nold and Vicky L. Kruckeberg, Taylor Interior Design, Nancy and Michael Tooke, Gina and Steve White, and Alan and Wendy Wong.

There were also in-kind donations from Immedia Events, McLaughlin & Moran, Inc., Newport Craft Brewing and Distillery, Ocean State Oyster Festival, Saltbox Sea Farm, and The Savory Grape.

About Casey Farm and Watson Farm

Casey Farm has produced fresh fruits and vegetables for generations. It hosts a popular Community Supported Agriculture program and a seasonal farmers’ market for locally produced goods. Watson Farm is a working family farm using sustainable practices and grazing Heritage Red Devon cattle and sheep in scenic seaside pastures. Historic New England owns and operates both farms, which are open to the public for tours and other programs.