Don’t miss these items in local food and agriculture news from around our region:
FOOD SOLUTIONS NEW ENGLAND
Are you involved in some aspect of the New England regional food system? Are you eager to deepen your network leadership skills and expertise? If you answered yes to these questions, consider applying to be part of the next Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Network Leadership Institute!
The Institute can help you to:
- Increase your understanding of how to participate in the FSNE network to get your own work done more effectively.
- Gain valuable skills in facilitative leadership, network leadership and development, and stakeholder engagement.
- Deepen your knowledge of our dynamic and emerging food system in New England.
- Understand our regional strategy for advancing the New England Food Vision and leveraging it for food system momentum.
- Connect with a cohort of existing and emerging food system leaders from across the FSNE network.
- Be a more active participant in the creation of a just, equitable food system across New England.
“Thank you for giving us a space to share and deepen our knowledge base and skill ability with like-minded people interested in doing the same.” — 2017 participant
If these are true for you, please consider applying!
- You are active in food system efforts locally and/or regionally.
- You are committed to FSNE’s values.
- You are eager to contribute to the FSNE network.
- You live and work in New England.
The application deadline is May 15, 2018.
Learn more and apply.
Do you know about FSNE’s New England Food Vision? The Vision is a collaborative report that considers the future of our region: a future in which food nourishes a social, economic, and environmental landscape that supports a high quality of life for everyone, including generations to come. Explore the vision.
RI FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Brush Up on the RI Food Strategy
In the coming weeks, the RI Food Policy Council will be building its policy platform. The Council is committed to the goals set out in the RI Food Strategy: to grow the good food economy, to ensure food security for all Rhode Islanders, and to minimize food waste.
The Rhode Island Food Policy Council wants to hear from YOU!Let the council know how state and local POLICY can change to help YOUR food systems work. The Council will review and discuss the information collected as one step in creating a 2019 policy briefing book.
Provide your feedback to the RI Food Policy Council. #RelishRhody
The Local Agriculture & Seafood Act (LASA) Grant Program Needs Your Support
Over 50 farmers, fisherfolk, nonprofit organizations, and producer groups based in Rhode Island have received LASA funding over the past four years. The RI State Legislature is currently debating the future of funding for this high-impact, innovative, and unique grant program.
Three easy steps for making your voice heard at the RI State House
- Identify your elected officials, and call or email them today.
- Tell them about the LASA Grant Program, which was established by the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act of 2012, and is the only state grant program with a goal to support the growth, development, and marketing of local food and seafood.
- Tell them why you care about LASA! Are you an awardee? Has a business or farm in your town benefited? Do you think you might apply in the future? Do you just love great RI food? The more personal your story, the more impact it will have.
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.