Many years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati, Rich learned that growing food brings people together. This turns out to be just as true today, in Providence neighborhoods, as it was more than 25 years ago on a remote island in the Pacific.
A former schoolteacher with a master’s degree in Environmental Education from the University of New Mexico, Rich’s interests in food, environmental, and social justice found a natural outlet when he joined SCLT in 2001.

As the City Farm Steward, he is continually trying to maintain a supportive and fun learning environment while demonstrating how to grow mega amounts of produce, safely, in the city. He proudly boasts that he was the first farmer in this area to bring garlic scapes to the farmers market. Rich is a founding member of the Little City Growers Co-op and the Southside Market Collaborative. He loves his work.