US: Grower profile – ‘The Diversifier’

The smallest state in the Union (as measured by land area) is the proud owner of the longest official name: the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. It’s an appellation that honors the state’s long agricultural history, a history all but forgotten by a general population that only knows the place for its miniscule borders and location somewhere between New York and Boston. Native son Tyler Young cherishes that agricultural legacy and has spent his life adding to it. He balances that with a healthy understanding of and appreciation for his farm’s location in the southeastern corner of the second-most densely populated state in the U.S. Potatoes have grown on Young Family Farm ground for the entire life of the farm and have been a big driver of the enterprise’s success. “I love growing potatoes,” Young says. “It’s an addiction.” Contracts with several local grocery stores and an on-farm retail business and supply Young’s diverse products to a diverse customer base. More