Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association

Board & Staff


President — Don Hopkins
Don and his wife, Deb,  operate Hopkins Southdowns with the help of their daughter and son-in-law, Jess & Nick Miniter.  They raise purebred Southdown and commercial sheep, and sell purebred breeding stock.  Hopkins Southdowns also sells lamb cuts and whole carcasses.  Don is the Past President of the American Southdown Breeders Association and a member of their board for 22 yrs. Deb is the Executive Secretary of the Continental  Dorset club. 

Vice President — Bob Blackmer
Bob grew up in Coventry, RI. He is a first generation farmer and started his career in association with Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. He continued from there working with Pike Valley Farm in Lancaster, Kentucky. He is currently the livestock manager at Pat's Pastured in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Bob loves farming and looks forward to continuing to work and develop in the field of pasture raised livestock and all forms of regenerative agriculture.

Secretary — Martha Neale
Martha grew up on a dairy farm in North Kingstown and now operates Windmist Farm in Jamestown with her husband George and their family. They are committed to providing their community with a healthy and safe source of meats from animals that have been raised naturally. They sell from the farm and at various farmers markets .  Martha has been involved with RI Raised since the beginning and has served as secretary for the last seven years.

Treasurer — Taylor Meek
Taylor grew up farming with her parents on a small sheep and vegetable farm in Glocester, RI. She, along with her mother Robin, work hard raising registered Lincoln Longwool sheep, broiler chickens and a variety of different vegetables for restaurants, their farm stand and their summer and winter CSA's. She graduated from Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT with a degree in sustainable agriculture and food production. After graduation she found jobs working in different areas of the food production field: from field hand to assistant butcher,  and even as  a grocery packer and warehouse worker in a large CSA. Taylor has knowledge of many different areas of the food production world and can give input, experiences and opinions based on her time in these fields that can help RI Raised Livestock grow into an even more successful organization. 

Executive Director/Association Coordinator — Heidi Quinn
Heidi grew up on a small beef farm in Richmond. With the help of their two daughters, Heidi and her husband, Neil, raise several beef to direct market annually, as well as turkeys and layers. A former teacher, Heidi is an active volunteer in FFA, helping guide young farmers toward success in sustainable agriculture. As Association Coordinator, Heidi is the person you speak to by phone or email to schedule your animal processing, as well as handling membership services, record keeping and general questions about everything.


Don Hopkins - President
Hopkins Southdowns
North Scituate, RI 02857

Bob Blackmer - Vice President
Pat's Pastured
East Greenwich, RI  02818

Martha Neale - Secretary
Windmist Farm
Jamestown, RI 02835

Taylor Meek -Treasurer
Bally Duff Farm
Glocester, RI 02829

Greg Breene
Breene Acres Farm
West Greenwich, RI 02817

Bill Coulter
Stoney Hill Cattle Company
Charlestown, RI 02894

Sherry Griffiths
Griffiths and Sons Farm
Foster, RI 02825

Ethan Oatley
Oatley's Farm
Exeter, RI 02822

Terrie Oatley
Oatley's Farm
Exeter, RI 02822

Lou Vinagro
Hill Farm
Foster, RI 02825

Peter Whitman
The Mission Farm
Wakefield, RI 02879

Olivia Oatley
Youth Liaison
Oatley's Farm
Exeter, RI 02822

Jane Christopher - Ex-Officio
Holdsworth Farm
Foster, RI 02825


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Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association is a non-profit membership organization of Rhode Island farmers,
offering USDA inspected and approved Processing Scheduling Service, trainings, networking and other educational events for farmers.
RIRLA members offer locally raised beef, pork, lamb, hogs, sheep, goat, and veal.
Click here to find out where to buy locally raised meat.

Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association PO Box 640 North Scituate, RI 02857
Tel: 401-575-3348


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