Impact Case

The problem:

From the Rhode Island Department of Health:

  • One in five children start kindergarten being overweight
  • Less than half (42%) of youths in those grades are meeting current physical activity recommendations
  • Less than one in five (19%) of youths eat fruits and vegetables five or more times per day
  • More than a quarter (27%) of youths watch three or more hours of TV per day
  • Approximately 1% of the food consumed in Rhode Island is produced by its farmers

According to the distinguished environmental scientist Dr. David Orr of Oberlin College, today’s kids can recognize over 1,000 corporate logos but fewer than a dozen plants and animals native to their area.  

The solution:

 “…the farm-to-school approach results in students eating more fruits and vegetables per day… making positive lifestyle changes as well as improving knowledge and attitudes about healthy eating and sustainable agriculture.” - From “Do Farm-to-School Programs Make a Difference?” Joshi, Azuma and Feenstra, 2008

We created the AYERSfoundation to promote, practice and teach sustainable agriculture, holistic nutrition and healthy living. We passionately believe that creating a real-world connection to local food and farming is the best way to re-connect each of us to our bodies and good health.

Investments Needed for Rhode Island Plan:

Capital Investments

Barn to house classroom, wood-fired bakery and farm kitchen - $500,000

Retail Outlet (Ayers Meeting House) -                                              $50,000

Fit-out of kitchen and bakery                                                         $215,000


Total Capital                                                                                   $765.000

Annual Operating Investments

Education programs                                                                       $107,000


These investments will grow the number of children served from 500 to 2,000 over three years.  This includes education staff and counselors, student transportation, teaching supplies, evaluation and related support services.

 *Kitchen will be large enough and equipped to produce fine goat and mozzarella cheeses, the proceeds from which will go 100% to supporting AYERS and its mission.

 How you can help

We need financial support from government, from private foundations and individuals to raise the needed capital for our three-year strategic plan. We can meet our goal with just 35 significant gifts and grants during this timeframe.

Gifts and Grants Needed  by Giving Category


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Ways to Give

  • Contribute gifts of cash
  • Spread your gift over three years, with an initial check and a pledge to give for the next two years.
  • Donate appreciated securities
  • Donate any items on our wish list

Ways you can help us meet our goal:

  • Introduce us to potential friends of agriculture and experiential education who might support our mission. We’d be happy to take you and your friend on a tour of the farm!
  • Introduce us to your friends at regional businesses and charitable foundations.
  • Host an information session at your home, featuring fresh, organic food from our farm.
  • Help us get donated materials, supplies, equipment and skilled services.

Charitable Contributions

Donate NOW - The wealth of a nation rests on the health of its children! 


Contact us for detailed information on our three-year investment plan.

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