Resources for Rhode Island Farmers and Small Businesses

How do I protect my employees? Where can I sell my produce now that my farmers market closed? Is there grant money available for my business? Despite the pandemic we find ourselves facing, Rhode Island has mobilized, and an incredible amount of resources have become available to farmers to help provide financial relief as well as business guidance during this difficult time. Below is a list of these resources as well as helpful advice on the laws that are in flux.

Firms Publishing COVID-19 Help Articles:
Barton Gilman
Partridge Snow Hahn
Pierce Atwood
Nixon Peabody
Whelan Corrente

Additional Resources:
Rhode Island Department of Health Visit this page often for the most up to date recommendations from the Department of Public Health.
Rhode Island Farm Bureau Advice for Ag Transport Across State Lines.
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Where to find local food for consumers and producers.
Rhode Island Superior Court Read how the court intends to provide temporary relief to local businesses.
RI Delivers Rhode Islanders’ connection to help for those living in quarantine or isolation due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
RI Food Policy Council: In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council is aggregating information on available food access and food business resources and opportunities.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island COVID-19 Resources for Farmers.

Legal Guides Developed by the Hub:
What Farms Need to Know: COVID-19 Employee Sick Time and Leave As of April 14, 2020 this document explains what Rhode Island farmers need to know about employee sick time and leave.
What Farms Need to Know: COVID-19 and Unemployment As of April 14, 2020 this document explains what Rhode Island farmers need to know about unemployment insurance.

Please feel free to email us with any questions and we will do our best to help.