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Local Food Forum
Workshops Overview

Wednesday 4/13/2005
Meet Local Meat

Thursday 4/14/2005
Global and Local Impact

Friday 4/15/2005
Local Peas for Social Justice

Saturday 4/16/2005
Growing the Growers

Rhode Island Local Food Forum - April 13-16, 2005
The Local Food Forum invites people from the Rhode Island region together to discuss local, sustainable agriculture and its relationship to improved community food security. The Local Food Forum will highlight efforts taking place to support local agriculture.

The workshops are designed to appeal to a broad array of students, professors, community members, food activists, government officials, business owners and farmers. Workshop topics range from Fair Trade coffee to Urban Agriculture in Providence.

The Local Food Forum will be a place to brainstorm next steps for creating a vibrant local food economy. Community Harvest, a program of Brown Dining Services that builds direct purchasing relationships with local farmers, will be presented as a model of institutional food purchasing. A goal of The Local Food Forum is then to brainstorm ways to expand this "Buy Local" program to other food service providers in the region.

Brown Dining Services is hosting the Local Food Forum in conjunction with Farm Fresh Rhode Island (a program collaboration between Brown University, The Rhode Island Foundation and Divisions of Agriculture and Planning and Development at R.I. Department of Environmental Management). The Local Food Forum coincides with an International Trade Justice Week at Brown to emphasize the purchase of locally grown foods as a form of trade justice.

Anna Lappé, co-author of Hope's Edge and co-founder of the Small Planet Institute, will speak at Friday's morning events.

Getting here : All events will be on Brown University’s campus in Providence. The campus is accessible by car, RIPTA / Greyhound / Bonanza bus, and Amtrak / MBTA train: directions and campus map

Registration: All workshops and talks are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted with an asterik (*). For more information or to propose a new panel, e-mail localbeets@brown.edu.
Workshops in Detail

Wednesday, April 13, 2005: Meet Local Meat
Thursday, April 14, 2005: Global Exchange, Local Impact
Friday, April 15, 2005: Local Peas for Social Justice
Saturday, April 16, 2005: Locally Grown Food: Growing the Growers