Our Local Purveyors
6 Haversham Rd, Westerly, RI 02891
The AYERSfoundation is based at Hillandale Farm, an 18-year-old organic farm in Westerly, Rhode Island. The farm has become a profitable business by selling gourmet tomatoes, field greens, select herbs and other seasonal produce directly to high-end restaurants and specialty markets.
Despite their commercial success, Hillandale’s owners, Max and Uli Hence, have long nurtured a wider vision of establishing sustainable community-based farming as a key strategy to helping communities achieve educational, economic, and environmental goals. During 2010, they received nearly 500 student visitors at Hillandale through a partnership with Kids First, an organization promoting healthy eating and physical activity for children in all Rhode Island schools and childcare centers. The Hences saw first hand the powerful effect direct exposure to real-world farming had on students.
The Hences formed the nonprofit AYERSfoundation to carry out educational and community service goals that can’t be achieved through for-profit businesses. The Foundation is seeking a mix of individual contributions, private and government grants to enhance and expand educational facilities and support ongoing educational programming wherever its partners and affilate farms operate. Additional support is anticipated through the sale of food and other items produced by student participants in the Foundation’s (and affiliate's) educational programs.
Our work includes supportive partnerships with other for-profit farms and businesses (e.g. Ocean Breeze Farm - last dairy operation in Westerly), small community-supported-agriculture (CSA) operations, processors of locally grown foods, community gardens as well as with area schools and nonprofit participants in the emerging local food and concurrent environmental movement.
1 High Street
20 Nygren Road