The following was written and submitted by Aquidneck Community Table.

Seed catalogs have arrived in the mail, the days are getting longer, and thoughts are turning to spring and planning gardens. Aquidneck Community Table manages community gardens at Island Community Farm off Green End Avenue and Elizabeth Lane in Middletown; Great Friends Meeting House at the corner of Farewell Street and Marlborough Street in Newport; and Florence Gray Center on York Street in Newport. ACT offers guidance for new gardeners at all sites and invites anyone interested in growing fresh produce to apply to rent a garden plot at one of our community gardens. 

A few spots are still available at each location so if you are interested in renting a garden plot this year please fill out an application before the March 1st deadline. Plot fees range from $50 to $65 depending on the size and location of the plot. Raised bed gardens (4×8 feet) are available at the Florence Gray Center and Great Friends Meeting House. Several larger garden plots (4×30 feet) are available at Island Community Farm in Middletown. New community gardeners will be chosen at random and notified in mid-March, just in time to get those peas planted! More information can be found at

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.