Don’t miss these items in local food and agriculture news from around our region:
FARM TO INSTITUTION NEW ENGLAND
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) has released a four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers, authored by Nathaniel Brooks, were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success.
And in case you missed it, our Harvest Kitchen program was featured last year in FINE’s video and case study series highlighting some of the challenges to processing local food and the innovative solutions that are helping bring local products to institutions and other markets in the region.
NORTHEAST ORGANIC FARMING ASSOCIATION OF RHODE ISLAND
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (NOFA/RI) has joined with NOFA/Mass to offer a collective buying program for approved organically certifiable farm, livestock, garden, and lawn care products. Free Shipping! The Rhode Island pickup location is Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, RI. Other pickup sites, including Seekonk, MA, are available.
Save the Date! NOFA/RI’s 2018 Winter Conference is Coming Up Sunday, March 4!
Join NOFA/RI for a full day of workshops with speakers locally known and nationally recognized. The conference will be held at Hope & Main, 691 Main Street in Warren, RI. Keynote Speakers: Jennifer and Pete Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham, MA. NOFA/RI 2018 Winter Conference features workshops from: Ben Hewitt of Lazy Mill Hill Farm, ME; Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt of RI Mushroom Hunting Foundation; Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs; Chuck Currie of Freedom Food Farm; Julie Rawson of Many Hands Farm; and many more!!
THE FOOD PROJECT
Save the date for The Food Project’s annual event — the Big Shindig! April 25, 2018: Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm. Come and be inspired by an evening of delicious food, youth stories, a lively raffle and auction, all while supporting The Food Project’s youth, food, and community.