Crops of Interest

Crops of Interest


High Quality is in Demand.




The most current U.S. Census of Agriculture figures for crops produced using controlled environment production showed total sales of $797 million US. This figure is nearly doubled today. The five most common crops are tomatoes, lettuce and other leafy greens, micro greens, cucumbers and strawberries.

High Quality is in Demand.



The most current U.S. Census of Agriculture figures for crops produced using controlled environment production showed total sales of $797 million US. This figure is nearly doubled today. The five most common crops are tomatoes, lettuce and other leafy greens, micro greens, cucumbers and strawberries.

Initial Core Crops

Starting initially with 25 acres under glass, Rhode Island Grows plans to expand to 1,000 acres growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other produce.

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Tomatoes


Tomatoes are one of the most profitable Controlled Environment Agriculture grown crop in North America. They are linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Rhode Island Grows aims to produce improved varieties that are vine ripened and delivered daily with all the nutrients still in tact.
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Peppers


In 2007 bell pepper production from greenhouse systems totaled over 1.8 million pounds. From 2008 to 2012, imports averaged 440 million pounds per year. Eating peppers may have several health benefits, such as improved eye health, and reduced risk of several chronic diseases.

Initial Core Crops

Starting initially with 25 acres under glass, Rhode Island Grows plans to expand to 1,000 acres growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other produce.
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Tomatoes


Tomatoes are one of the most profitable Controlled Environment Agriculture grown crop in North America. They are linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Rhode Island Grows aims to produce improved varieties that are vine ripened and delivered daily with all the nutrients still in tact.
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Peppers


In 2007 bell pepper production from greenhouse systems totaled over 1.8 million pounds. From 2008 to 2012, imports averaged 440 million pounds per year. Eating peppers may have several health benefits, such as improved eye health, and reduced risk of several chronic diseases.

Phase 2 Crops

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Strawberries


The majority of strawberries are field grown. The impact of greenhouse strawberries will be disruptive to the “off season” (Nov-March) strawberry market and represent the industry’s greatest single growth opportunity. Rhode Island Grows’ strawberry varietals will also be higher in nutrition and fructose year round.
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Green Garlic: A New Vegetable


Co-Founder Albert Kausch has developed a new germplasm that looks like a scallion but is actually garlic and may be eaten raw.

Rhode Island Grows has proprietary access to the new Green Garlic varieties that are well suited for greenhouse production called Green Garlic or Garlikins. The plant is narrower than a scallion with a whitish bulb at the base instead of garlic cloves like the mature garlic plant.

Green Garlic is an opportunity that has caught the attention of several large vegetable producers, including a new seed company called VoloAgri Incorporated. The response has always been overwhelmingly positive with this crop and is poised to make a big splash in the market.

Phase 2 Crops

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Strawberries


The majority of strawberries are field grown. The impact of greenhouse strawberries will be disruptive to the “off season” (Nov-March) strawberry market and represent the industry’s greatest single growth opportunity. Rhode Island Grows’ strawberry varietals will also be higher in nutrition and fructose year round.
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Green Garlic: A New Vegetable


Co-Founder Albert Kausch has developed a new germplasm that looks like a scallion but is actually garlic and may be eaten raw.

Rhode Island Grows has proprietary access to the new Green Garlic varieties that are well suited for greenhouse production called Green Garlic or Garlikins. The plant is narrower than a scallion with a whitish bulb at the base instead of garlic cloves like the mature garlic plant.

Green Garlic is an opportunity that has caught the attention of several large vegetable producers, including a new seed company called VoloAgri Incorporated. The response has always been overwhelmingly positive with this crop and is poised to make a big splash in the market.

The goal of Rhode Island Grows is to produce the crops that make the best financial margins for the locality in the Rhode Island, Tri-State market.



The goal of Rhode Island Grows is to produce the crops that make the best financial margins for the locality in the Rhode Island, Tri-State market.