Al Bettencourt lives in Burrillville, but his one-acre vegetable plot looks like itâs part of the Sonoran Desert.
âItâs all cracked,â says the executive director of the Rhode Island Farm Bureau. âItâs too dry. We need some rain and we need it soon.â
Across the region, a virtually snowless winter has given way to one of the driest springs on record, pushing the region to the edge of drought, raising concerns among farmers and prompting government agencies to issue fire hazard warnings.