Check out how we have changed, shifted, adapt and grown over the years….

Before our time…

The Wampanoag, also called “People of the First Light,” have lived in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over 12,000 years. They are the original stewards of the land that we now walk, farm, and care for. At RTB, we are committed to listening to Native voices, learning about Native culture, and building authentic relationships that honor the rich heritage of this area.

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2007

39-acres at 92 Allens Neck Road and was purchased by Leslie and Rutgers Barclay and named Round the Bend Farm. 

Geoff Kinder is hired as a vegetable farmer and farm caretaker

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2008

Geoff and Desa begin living at the farm 

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2009

Shaun Van Laarhoven becomes a volunteer at RTB Farm 

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2011

Glenn Oliveira (current RTB board member) moves onto the farm, volunteering his time to the work and vision of RTB 

The vision of RTB is honed

Laura Killingbeck begins her work as a food systems consultant seasonally

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2012

Ashley Brister of Ashley’s Produce begins as vegetable agripreneur 

Geoff creates Paradox Acres and begins to raise cows and pigs on the farm

Benoit Azagoh-Kouadio joins as an apprentice 

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2013

Ellen and Duncan become financial supporters; RTB takes first steps to become its own non-profit organization with help from the Marion Institute and A Center for Restorative Community was born 

Lucy Tabit brings her beautiful bees to the farm 

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2014

Nilsa Garcia-Rey begins her herb garden & Nilsa’s Herbal Teas & Botanicals is born  

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2015

Bromley Charitable Trust purchases 39 acres at 92 Allens Neck Road and becomes its own non-profit (separates from MI) and Desa becomes Executive Director of RTB Farm

Shaun transitions to RTB’s Executive Chef & Assistant Farm Manager 

Nate Sander joins RTB as an apprentice 

Tyler See joins RTB as resident builder 

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2016

Hannah Wylie joins RTB as an apprentice 

Benoit Azagoh-Kouadio returns as resident foodie

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2017

Bromley Charitable Trust acquires 55-aces at 30 Allens Neck Road (what we call RTB East) 

Heather Zine joins RTB as Executive Assistant 

 

The Learning Center is complete

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2018

Nate Sander transitions to Education Manager

Sustainable events begin at the Learning Center 

Elements Nature Program begins, led by Rachel Medeiros & Cristy O’Brien 

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2019

Laura Killingbeck transitions to full-time Food Systems Coordinator 

Benoit Azagoh-Kouadio transitions to Garden Manager

Hannah Wylie transitions to Online Education & Market(ing) Manager 

Shaun VanLaarhoven transitions to Executive Chef & Kitchen Director

Deconstruction of RTB East farmhouse by Josh Louro, Ethan Morgan, Stan Stopka, and Geoff Kinder 

Teammates Hannah & Tyler become agripreneurs and start Goatbusters

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2020

COVID-19 health pandemic; Manifest Love is born in collaboration with YWCA of Southeastern MA, Youth Opportunities Unlimited and NorthStar Learning Centers

First partnership with AmeriCorps TerraCorp division taking on two service members to help with the gardens and educational aspects of the farm. 

21-acres at 444 Barney’s Joy Road is acquired by the Bromley Charitable Trust  (what we now call Everbearing Farm) 

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2021

Broke ground on the site of the Bathhouse

Heather transitions to Human Resources and Office Administrator 

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2022

The Wetu building was built 

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