Of course one needs to live on the water—and have an approved registered dock—located in waters approved by the Department of Environmental Management for “the taking of shellfish for human consumption.” After taking three farming courses on three consecutive Saturdays, the wannabe-farmers receive equipment (“growout gear”), seeds, and the possibility of harvesting their own oysters for consumption by Fall 2014.
The $2,500 fee (of which $2,000 counts as a charitable contribution to RWU) is used to support the state’s Oyster Gardening for Restoration and Enhancement program (RI-OGRE), aimed at restoring Rhode Island’s natural oyster population.
How cool is that? If any Half Shell readers register to participate, please let me know. I'd love to come and visit!
Details are available on the Roger Williams University website.