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.

The Master Gardener Foundation of Rhode Island provides financial support to the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association. The URIMGA is an outreach program that fulfills its mission by passionate and dedicated volunteers committed to improving knowledge about the environment, and sustainable gardening practices through community education.
The Master Gardeners teach the best gardening practices through their MGA garden hotline, seminars, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations. They host a Spring Festival, a Garden Symposium, A biennial Garden Tour, and informational booths at fairs and festivals. Their sustainability projects include soil testing, water quality, conservation, and composting, to name just a few. Master Gardeners maintain a number of gardens throughout the State of Rhode Island and surrounding areas, including historical preservation sites such as Prescott Farm and Smith Castle, as well as the URI Botanical gardens, and the Heroes garden at the State House. They conduct active research on the poinsettia project at URI East Farm and on the American Chestnut Reforestation Program in partnership with the South Kingstown Land Trust.


Master Gardener Foundation of Rhode Island Board of Directors

Board Chair  

Thomas A Gorski

Vice Chair

Sanne Kure-Jensen


Rudi Hempe


Claire Chenevert


"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.