Don’t miss these items in local food and agriculture news from around our region:
RI FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
The RI Food Policy Council reminds us that it’s time to apply to The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture, for the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Grants Program. Applications are due by 11:59pm on March 1, 2018! The goal of the program, which was established by the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act of 2012, is to support the growth, development, and marketing of local food and seafood in Rhode Island. It is made possible by $100,000 in funding from the State of Rhode Island, and an additional $130,000 in matching funds from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. This unique and unprecedented public-private partnership will provide grants intended to directly benefit and strengthen the local food system in Rhode Island.
Learn more and apply by March 1st.
Pawtucket Central Falls Development
Come get financially fit at Pawtucket Central Falls (PCF) Development’s Financial Fitness Seminar — at 204 Broad Street in Pawtucket on Saturday, February 10, 10am – 12/noon. This financial fitness workshop is hosted by PCF Development and Citizens Bank. Citizens Bank uses Money Smart, a curriculum developed by the FDIC to help families create positive banking relationships.
By attending the workshop, you will find out how to differentiate needs vs. wants, keep track of your money, differentiate between different types of credit, establish and maintain credit, read your credit report, understand your credit score, avoid common credit traps, and use credit and savings to meet your financial goals. Free raffle prizes and refreshments! You do not have to be a Citizens Bank customer to participate in the workshop.
Advanced registration is required. Register by emailing Dianny Pena at PCF Development.
EATING WITH THE ECOSYSTEM
Many of New England’s local fish species are only available in whole-fish format, which can be a barrier to consumers who do not have the skills to cook with or break down whole fish. Eating with the Ecosystem’s “School of Fish” workshops help overcome the intimidation and give home cooks the confidence to engage more broadly in the local seafood system.
Held once a month during the school year (September-May), these workshops bring seafood lovers together with local chefs to learn how to turn a whole fish — straight from the sea — into a marvelous dinner. Held in the demo kitchen at Warren, RI’s Hope & Main culinary business incubator, each workshop is also a dinner, complete with wine and good company.