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December 10, 2010

Harvesting Seaweed

Sean O'Brien, Than Wood, and Rich Pederson with a wheelbarrow full of harvested seaweed.

Yes, you read that right. Over the past couple of weeks, City Farm steward Rich Pederson (far right) has been out gathering seaweed on beaches in South County and Little Compton with City Farm apprentice Sean O’Brien (left) and Front Step Farm‘s Than Wood. The seaweed that washes up on New England’s shores, including kelp, rockweed, and knotted wrack, is a prodigious free supply of organic content for soil amendment, mulch, and composting, and it’s legal in Rhode Island to collect it at public access points. Sean, Than, and Rich used pitchforks and rakes to collect their seaweed, harvesting six large garbage cans’ worth in one day for use in compost piles and gardening bed prep.

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