In the Community

Thundermist has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, offering services when and where they are needed, in schools, homeless shelters and food pantries.

Thundermist Grows - A Community Garden

 Thundermist Grows is a multi-generational community garden and associated educational program.  Thundermist Grows impacted more than 500 children, adults and seniors during the 2012 growing season.  We knew that by initiating Thundermist Grows we would increase the health and well-being of our community by ensuring that families have better access to organic fruits and vegetables (which are often cost prohibitive), increase their physical activity through gardening, and increase opportunities for multigenerational exchange of skills and experiences.

Thundermist opened the community garden in May 2012, which is adjacent to the parking lot of the Cotton Shed, Thundermist’s innovative patient-centered medical home facility.  The garden was home to more than 30 individual raised beds, eight of which are accessible to those in wheelchairs and other physical challenges.  It also housed a shared berry and herb garden and a sitting area open to the entire Thundermist community.  Gardeners included members of the community, patients, as well as Thundermist staff.

This project engaged multiple community partners with the development of the garden, its build-out, and actual gardening and maintenance of the garden.  Committed partners included the West Warwick Public Schools, the West Warwick Senior Center, the West Warwick Public Housing Authority, the Kent County YMCA, the URI Master Gardener program, a local Boy Scout troop and several local churches.  All of the community garden beds will be built by participants in West Warwick’s Vocational Program.

To ensure that our community gardeners had the skills they needed to successfully grow food, as well as to increase the amount of organic gardening in our community, Thundermist Grows implemented a community-wide education program.  This program trained local community members in key organic gardening techniques.  A Beginner Gardener Series, a 4-part educational curriculum developed by the South Side Community Land Trust, was delivered to both community garden participants as well as local backyard gardeners.  Additionally, we engaged local school children and local seniors in a program which taught them to plant and grow seedlings as well as participate in container gardening in their homes.  All educational sessions were conducted by volunteer trainers who were either certified in the South Side Community Land Trust’s curriculum or URI Master Gardeners.

The Molar Express

Dental services are brought to children through a venture named, The Molar Express, presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Molar Express is a 40-foot long, specially designed dental office on wheels which travels to 20 RI communities. The program targets 15,000 children aged 2-18, many of whom are living in poverty or have no dental insurance through our Community Dental Program. We partnered with two other highly experienced RI health and human service providers (Comprehensive Community Action Program and East Bay Community Action Program) along with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England to bring full dental services tailored for the communities the Molar Express visits. The Molar Express was an NBC 10 and Citizens Bank Champions in Action.

Farmers Markets

Working in conjunction with Farm Fresh RI, Thundermist is proud to offer farmers markets in the communities of West Warwick and Woonsocket.  Both markets are open to the community and accept WIC, senior coupons, and credit cards.   EBT/SNAP is also accepted at a higher value than regular cash. 

Woonsocket Farmers Market:

  • runs year-round, every Tuesday, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • the winter market is held in the lobby of 450 Clinton Street, and the summer market moves to the parking lot across from Bank of America and Subway

West Warwick Farmers Market

  • runs every Thursday, July through October, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • held on the patio at the corner of Providence and Hay Street
If you have questions about the Farmers Markets, contact Tara Cimini at 615-2800, ext. 4995 or via email at
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