Vote YES on Question 6

On November 6th you will have the opportunity to show the state of Rhode Island your support for the protection of working farms and open green space. Question 6, formally titled the Rhode Island Environmental Management Bond Question, addresses the allocation of funds for environmental and recreational purposes. The approval of Question 6 would allow the state of Rhode Island to issue a total of $20 million for six different purposes, two of which have an impact on our local food growers. Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Protecting Farm Land………………………………………………………………..$4.5 million
  2. Protecting Open Space
    • State Land Acquisition……………………………………………………………..$2.5 million
    • Local Land Acquisition…………………………………………………………….$2.5 million
  3. Improving and Creating Municipal Parks & Restoring Historical Parks
    • Local Recreation Grants……………………………………………………………$5.5 million
    • Historic Parks………………………………………………………………………..$1 million
  4. Protecting Water Quality & Restoring Narragansett Bay………………………$4.0 million

The two key purposes that would significantly support food growers in RI are the Protection of Farm Land and Local Land Acquisition. Presently, only 1/4 of RI’s farmland is protected. If approved,$4.5 million will help fund RI’s program to maintain and expand agriculture in the state through the protection of productive farmland.

Second, if approved, $2.5 million in matching grants will be available to municipalities, land trusts (like SCLT!) and other environmental non-profit organizations to help preserve open space for water protection, wildlife habitat, farms, forests, scenic vistas and community character.

Question 6 has the potential to significantly support food growers through RI. It’s up to you to approve it!

Want more details? Check out the Rhode Island Land Trust Council’s comprehensive fact sheet.

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