Ecological Rice Farming in the Northeastern USA is an effort to support sustainable, small-scale, organic rice production in the northeastern United States. This website highlights experiences on Akaogi Farm in Westminster West, Vermont and provides agricultural and environmental information about rice cultivation in this northern climate extreme. Details about the annual summer conference are also available.


The 5th Annual Northeast Rice Conference

The conference is scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 9am-4pm at Akaogi Farm. Details will be posted as they become available. From last year's conference: "Conference Looks at Growing Rice in Northeast" Lancaster Farming  + Read Article
Video presentations  + View Videos

About Us

Since 1985, Linda and Takeshi Akaogi have been farming organically in Westminster West, Vermont on the Earthbridge Community Land Trust. Over the years, they have planned their ten acre farm to use the landscape and grow fruits and vegetables sustainably. Throughout the farm there are wet areas unsuitable for traditional agriculture. Growing rice in these marginal lands seemed to be a possible solution. With this idea, the Akaogis focused their efforts to research the potential for growing paddy rice sustainably and productively on their farm.
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This effort is currently funded by the National Science Foundation. In 2008 and 2009, funding was provided by a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grant.