Don’t miss these items in local food and agriculture news from around our region:
FARM FRESH RI’s SLATER PARK FARMERS MARKET
Do you own a food truck? We’d love to have you sell at the Slater Park farmers market this summer! The market is located right by the tennis courts, quite close to the Carousel, inside the park — closest to the entrance at 825 Armistice Blvd in Pawtucket. This year’s season at Slater will run every Sunday 12 noon to 3pm, July 8 to October 28.
Interested? Email our markets team.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE
Join Social Enterprise Greenhouse for their biggest event of the year! On May 10th they will celebrate three years of the SEG Hub, Rhode Island’s community and co-working space for social entrepreneurs! There will be lots of local food & drink — and opportunities to win social enterprise prizes.
THE U.S. FOOD WASTE SUMMIT
Join the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and ReFED to accelerate food waste solutions across the U.S.! The U.S. Food Waste Summit will convene leading food businesses, policymakers, innovators, investors, foundations, and nonprofits to explore emerging opportunities for food waste prevention, recovery, and recycling. Attendees will:
- Learn about the latest food waste trends and insights.
- Network and build partnerships with thought leaders and decision-makers from across sectors.
- Join multi-stakeholder working groups to advance new solutions.
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
Red Carpet Premiere April 25 — for Harvesting Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island invites the community to a red carpet premiere of the newest episodes of the Rhode Island PBS series, Harvesting Rhode Island, on April 25 at 7 pm at Edwards Hall. The free public event will include state and federal dignitaries and a red carpet leading into Edwards Auditorium.
The PBS series showcases local farms and promotes public awareness about this historically significant way of life. It explores how farmers remain competitive in the 21st century through new initiatives that promote sustainability and consumer engagement.
The premiere will feature two half-hour episodes scheduled to air on WSBE-TV, Rhode Island PBS, in May.
The first episode will focus on Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield and Emma Acres, a dairy farm in Exeter. The second episode will feature Blackbird Farm in Smithfield, which raises cattle and pigs, and Narrow Lane Orchard in North Kingstown, which grows a variety of apples, as well as peaches, blueberries, nectarines and kiwi berries.
The evening will include a discussion with faculty and staff from URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences and an audience Q and A.
The event is sponsored by URI’s Business Engagement Center and the Rhode Island Food Center at URI. The Center, launched in 2017, harnesses the University’s agricultural and business innovation expertise, helping to drive Rhode Island’s food economy. A public/private partnership, the effort convenes growers, researchers and industry for collaboration; and provides students with practical experience in the food sector.