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9/9/14
Dan Barber, a renowned chef and author of the book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food , is kicking up dust around the farm-to-table movement. Barber recently wrote in the Sunday New York Times that despite the claims of four-fifths of Americans that sustainability is a priority when they shop for food, “For all its successes, farm-to-table has not, in any fundamental way,
9/9/14
Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local-food advocacy group, has released its 2014 Locavore Index. New Hampshire is ranked third, just behind top-ranked Vermont and Maine. The Locavore Index incorporates data on farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA), food hub, farm-to-institution activities, and Farm-to-School programs, and compares states on a per-capita basis. Barn and
9/8/14
The attached report - "Rhode Island Land-Linking Program: Background Research and Policy Analysis", is the first study completed under a partnership between the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the RIFPC. The ongoing project involves Harvard Law students assisting the Council to research and better understand key policy issues affecting Rhode Island's food system. This first report assesses
9/7/14
Congratulations to the 17 awardees of the 2014 LASA Grants. The LASA Advisory Committee received over 90 applications in this first funding year, for a total of $1.4 million in requested funds (there was $210,000 available). The RIFPC looks forward to tracking the progress of each of these 17 LASA awardees over the next few months to see how these projects grow. 2014 LASA Grants Program Awardees
9/6/14
Our May Food Matters Community Conversation was co-hosted by our 2 Council members Melina Packer and Brian Goldberg. Melina and Brian deftly facilitated an 8-person panel conversation and room discussion around our May topic: How To Grow A Local Food System: RI-Based Food Businesses Share Their Stories. The room was packed (standing room only!) and the food, provided by RISD Dining Services, was

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Featured image of UMass Amherst Dining courtesy of the Kendall Foundation.