By ELLEN RATHBURN
Providence, RI – The purchase of 8 and-a-half acres of land next to the Rocky Point Amusement park has been finalized by the State Agricultural Land Preservation Commission. The area, which is the home of Rocky Point Farm, will be preserved for agricultural use. The working farm was purchased by Mark and Betty Garrison in 1983, where they harvested up to 13 tons of blueberries annually.
Providence Business News reports the Garrisons are retiring, and the farm's new owners plan to continue in the blueberry business. Funding for the preservation, which was finalized yesterday, comes from the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program, and the state's agricultural land preservation program.
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