RIFPC 2014 Highlights

2014 marked an exciting year for the RIFPC, both in terms of regional and local collaboration, policy changes, pilot projects, educational events and the convening of stakeholders.  Highlights from the past year include:

  • RIFPC served as local host of the 2014 Food Solutions New England Summit, held June 12-13 in Pawtucket.  For the first time, access and equity served as major themes of the Summit and the 2060 New England Food Vision was publicly presented and released.  Over 150 participants from all over New England were in attendance.
  • Several Council members served as members of the 2014 Local Ag and Seafood Act (LASA) Grants Committee, helping to review 92 applications, requesting just over $1.4 million in funds and awarding 17 recipients just over $200,000 for projects that are making a difference in helping to build a more vibrant local economy.

Interested in leasing a city-owned urban farm in Providence?

The City of Providence invites proposals from groups and individuals who want to lease a city-owned urban farm with season extension facilities, for the purposes of agricultural business development and increasing the availability of healthy locally-grown food in Providence, Rhode Island; with opportunities to support farm-to-school linkages.

2014 Status Report on Hunger

Just released last week from the RI Community Food Bank.

Public Meeting LASA Grants Program 10/29/14, 3:30 PM

A public hearing regarding the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Small Grants and Technical Assistance Program will be held:
Wednesday,  October 29th 3:30 pm
Room 300
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, Rhode Island

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Book Signing with Founder of Philly's White Dog Cafe

Save the Date:
Thursday October 9
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Founders League
95 Chestnut Street, Providence

Local economy activist Judy Wicks will read from her recent book Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer and will also talk about the value of creating and investing in businesses that grow deep in communities, rather than globally, as a route to local self-reliance, resilience, greater health and happiness.

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Sankofa World Market - Fridays 3- 7 PM, Providence

The Sankofa World Market is a new farmers and craft market now open in the West End of Providence.

Visit every Friday through the fall to enjoy crafts, produce, prepared foods and music.

Local food truck The Salad Man also in attendance.

What: Sankofa World Market (flyer below)
Where: 218 Dexter St., Providence
When: Fridays 3-7 pm

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July 21 meeting: Interagency Food & Nutrition Policy Advisory Council

Mail Attachment.jpegInteragency Food and Nutrition Policy Advisory Council meeting on:

Monday, July 21st from 2:30-4:00 PM
401 Conference Room
Fourth floor, Rhode Island Department of Health
Three Capitol Hill, Providence

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New Food Producers Network

New Food Producers Network
July 11th
1pm at Harvest Kitchen
542 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Join the Food Policy Council Production Work Group's first gathering of New Food Producers on Friday, July 11th at Farm Fresh RI's Harvest Kitchen.

The goal of the New Food Producers Network is to create a forum for new, small food businesses to connect about the opportunities and challenges of creating a new food business in Rhode Island, and connect food entrepreneurs to resources and peers.

Town Hall for Gubernatorial Candidates - need questions!

RIFPC is proud to help Eat Drink RI present a Town Hall style forum for all the Candidates for Governor of Rhode Island on:

Wednesday August 13th, 6 pm, at the Sons of Liberty Spirits Distillery, South Kingstown

A portion of the questions to be asked at the Town Hall will come from Rhode Islanders who own food businesses, work in the food and beverage industry or are involved with the RI food system (*this means you, RIFPC Work Group and Committee Members!).


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