Carla Lacerda picks out weeds
and off-grade potatoes while her
father, Joe Lacerda Jr., drives the
harvest rig. Photo by Richard W.
Dionne Jr., Courtesy East Bay
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The coastal climate and soils of Rhode Island Rhode Island is involved in these efforts:
About are fertile ground for spuds. But for many years,
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Rhode out wiser, and now days many potato farmers
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