Check out this food system news from around our region:
RI Food Policy Council: Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution Training
October 8, 9am-1pm
The Rhode Island Food Policy Council’s Real Food Jobs RI project is hosting a FREE training provided by the Center for Mediation and Collaboration on Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution.
Customer service is a key component of customer facing workforce training. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, new customer mandates have put an increased strain on this already delicate relationship.
Through self assessments and interactive activities, this training will focus on building the effective communication skills that are essential for staff at all levels to handle all types of situations in the workplace. Everyone has different personalities, perspectives and opinions. Having the skills to manage and resolve conflict are vital to a team’s culture and success. This course teaches an interest-based process to resolve conflict that will improve relationships by separating people and their emotions from the problem.
Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
October 14, 1:00pm
Join the National Farm to School Network on Wednesday, October 14, 1-3pm ET — featuring food justice activist Karen Washington — for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and the wider food system.
New report reveals connection between regional food and student food access on college campuses
Farm to Institution New England
Farm to College & Student Access: An Exploratory, Justice-Based Investigation Among New England Institutions of Higher Education
Report by Jessika Brenin
This report arose out of a new research collaboration between Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and Tufts University, and reveals some of the key ways that regional food procurement and food access intersect on college campuses in New England. Research found that in particular campus agriculture projects, like campus farms and gardens, play a key role in connecting students to accessible, regionally grown food. The research team was led by Jessika Brenin, advised by Professor Julian Agyeman, and supported by FINE’s Hannah Leighton.