Check out this food system news from around our region:
Chilifest at Kitchen Garden Farm
September 14 + 15
The Valley’s hottest farm festival is back! Kitchen Garden Farm’s annual Chilifest is a celebration of hot peppers and all things spicy on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 from noon-5pm at Mike’s Maze in Sunderland. Enjoy great live music, local brews, and spicy food all weekend long! Try some of the world’s hottest peppers grown right here in Sunderland. Taste and vote in the Chili Cook-Off Saturday and Hot Sauce Competition Sunday, and check out Hot Sauce Alley featuring local hot sauce makers. Plus, chef demos, DIY pickles, seed saving, and button making, chili crowns and pepper pops, and fun for all ages.
Driving Food and Health Equity with Innovative Technology and Creative Partnering
September 18, 12:00–12:45pm
Join Wholesome Wave for a FREE webinar.
Millions of Americans lack access to affordable and healthy produce. These are our neighbors. They are stretching their weekly paycheck by buying cheap, highly processed, high calorie, nutritionally depleted foods for themselves and their children.
It’s no wonder obesity and diabetes are on the rise. It’s no wonder that the years of progress in reducing heart disease has stalled. These disturbing trends can — and must — be reversed.
A new wave of wholesome partnerships among community providers, national advocacy organizations, major retailers and healthcare providers are making this happen with technology. In this webinar, you will learn:
- How a wholesome partnership in Tampa Bay, Florida took form
- How the Wholesome Wave rewards card technology integrates with a major retailer
- How nutritious fruits and vegetables are being made affordable to over 2000 people in need
- Ways to bring a similar partnership to your community
The Rhode Island Food Policy Council is currently accepting applications for new members until October 5, 2019.
We invite individuals with expertise in policy, research, communications, food justice, food access, food equity, as well as capital access and institutional food markets to apply.
We look for representation from all links in the marketing chain, from farmers and fishermen, to food processors, restaurants, and institutional markets, as well as those that focus on food waste and wasted food.
The makeup of the Council does not currently match the diversity present in Rhode Island. We seek to improve on this thoughtfully and intentionally. We recognize the value of diversity in backgrounds and experience, and the importance of raising up voices that have historically been marginalized, as we all work together to a stronger and more resilient Rhode Island food system.
Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) Published in UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition Journal
An FMC article titled “Farmers markets as a strategy for improving food environments” (p.54) has recently been published in a UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition journal about food environments.
The full issue explores the contexts in which consumers engage with the food system, while FMC’s article dives into the details of how farmers markets support healthy, prosperous communities.
October 3, 6:00–8:30pm
Have you bought your tickets yet?
Please join Southside Community Land Trust for an evening to support healthy food access in Rhode Island. Fantastic food and drink, delightful company and a gorgeous setting: what more could you ask for in a night out?