This week, we had the privilege of sitting down with Allison Jaswell on her family’s beautiful farm in Smithfield, RI. Allison and her brother Chris have been running Jaswell’s Farm for 20 years, taking over from their parents when the farm turned 100 years old. Their farm grows a variety of crops and makes delicious apple cider and pastries on site. We talked with Allison about the realities of being a farmer and the importance of Farm to School.
Welcome “HK 24” — our latest session of youth trainees! As our students in “HK 23” continue on with their training, we are joined by another generation in the evenings who have been enthusiastic about cooking since Day ONE!
As a nonprofit, our work would be impossible without the generosity and dedication of our amazing team of volunteers. Today we spotlight one of these hardworking folks: Matt!
Join us at Armory Market today for a free composting demo today! Learn how to manage your leaves and compost successfully with local community composter, Michael Bradlee, from Earth Appliance Organics and the Community Compost Depot at Frey Gardens. It’s “Leaf-tober” at the market every Thursday through 10/31 on Providence’s West End. Add a little fun and local food to your week 3:30pm to dusk!
Reading books with your students that explore themes of local fruits and vegetables, food systems, gardening, agriculture and nutrition are great ways to integrate Farm to School into your classroom. They also serve as great introductions to longer lessons and activities.
It’s National Farm to School Month! As part of our ongoing celebration, we are sharing some of our favorite activities to do outside of the cafeteria. Our mystery box is a RI Farm to School classic! It serves as a great introduction for kids and adults to explore our food…in more than one sense of the word. Have questions about how to build one and incorporate it in your classroom, early childhood center or community center? We have answers.
Don’t miss this food system news from around our region: TONIGHT: Get exclusive access to Mary Blue (Farmacy Herbs) and Rosemary Gladstar during a behind-the-scenes look into the court battle surrounding “Fire Cider.” If you dig potatoes, you’ll love digging for potatoes at Muck and Mystery Farm / Osamequin Farm October 13th. Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic invites you to join a panel presentation on black land loss and reparations October 16. Plus, live stream the Third Annual Food Tank NYC Summit starting November 1.
Though the weather isn’t looking the best for an outdoor farmers market today — we are OPEN anyway! With just a few weeks left in our outdoor farmers market season, we won’t let a little wind and rain stand in our way. Join us at Armory Market every Thursday through 10/31 on Providence’s West End. Add a little fun to your week 3:30-7:00pm (or dusk).
Check out our Market Mobile wholesale service to see some of the restaurants, schools, grocers, and other businesses sourcing local food in our community. And get a taste of some of the items on offer from local farmers and makers — like Concord grapes from Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA.
The leaves are turning and temperatures are dropping. The outdoor farmers market season is almost at its end. Our Harvest Kitchen farmers market booth has been busy!
Anyone can get involved in Farm to School activities — from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to farmers and food service professionals. Add a lesson about farming to your class, serve local foods on your menu, advocate for more Farm to School activities in your school, or visit a farm. The possibilities are endless!
This week in our Harvest Kitchen training program, our youth trainees got to work creating more elaborate recipes than ever before. We learned about the globalization of food, practiced some complex kitchen conversions, and preserved peaches from Horse Listener’s Orchard in Ashford, CT.
School may be back in session, but our outdoor farmers market season runs through the end of October! Fall is a beautiful season at the farmers market, bursting with colorful local harvest. Join us at Armory Market every Thursday through 10/31 on Providence’s West End. Add a little fun to your week 3:30-7:00pm (or dusk), where community gathers in the park.
Check out our Market Mobile wholesale service to see some of the restaurants, schools, grocers, and other businesses sourcing local food in our community. And get a taste of some of the items on offer from local farmers and makers — like sweet organic pea greens from Allen Farms in Westport, MA.