Master Gardener Foundation of RI, Inc.

The Master Gardener Foundaton of Rhode Island is a non-proift 510(c)(3) organization whose mission is to attract, raise and when requested, manage funds to support the objectives and programs of the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association (URIMGA). We accomplish these goals through fund-raising events, annual appeals, grant writing and working with members on estate planning.


Master Gardener Foundation of Rhode Island Board of Directors

Board Chair  

Greta Cohen

Vice Chair

Earl Perkins


Rudi Hempe


Richard Perault


"Harvesting the Bounty" Gala Fundraiser

The URI Master Gardener Association which promotes and assists community gardens in the state recieved a boost at a "Harvesting the Bounty" gala fundraiser conducted by the Master Gardener Foundation of RI at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol.

The indoor/outdoor affair featuring local beverages and Rhode Island-raised and grown foods drew more than 150 guests who honored the three recipients of the Foundation’s Tradition of Excellence Awards which are extended every two years. The Foundation, now 10 years old, is a non-profit support arm for the Master Gardener Program.

Much of the food and all of the beverages were donated to the event which was used to raise money for the Master Gardener Program that is part of the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences.

Honored by the foundation were:

Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Food Bank.

Noah Fulmer, executive director of Farm Fresh RI.

The Aquidneck Land Trust represented by Ted Clement, executive director.

Each organization was honored for its work in promoting Rhode Island farming and conservation.

Gene Valicenti of WJAR-Channel 10 was the master of ceremonies.

Marc Perlman, president of Ocean State Job Lot, presented the awards as Honorary Chair. Every year Job Lot gives thousands of seed packets to the Master Gardeners who in turn distribute them to schools and community gardens across the state.

Remarks during the ceremony were delivered by Tom Gorski, Gala Chair, and Greta Cohen, Board Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Entertainment was provided by John Britto, tenor and Gael Berberick, pianist.