A Snapshot of the Food System

Q:  What is a "food system'?

A:  A food system encompasses all of the processes involved in feeding people.  It includes the production, harvesting and processing of food.  It includes food distribution and marketing.  It includes the consumption of food (whether at home, in school or at a restaurant).  It includes, ultimately, the recycling or disposal of food waste.RIFPC_INFO_GRAPHIC_FINAL_0.jpg

2015 RI Compost Conference & Trade Show - 3/16/15

The 2015 RI Compost Conference and Trade Show will be held in the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences at University of RI on Monday, March 16 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
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Farm to Institution Summit - Amherst, MA 4/7/15 - 4/9/15

RI Food Policy Council Focus Area 2015:  Increase Institutional Purchasing of Local (and Regional) Food

Are you an advocate, educator, foodservice rep, institutional chef, farmer, fisherman, processor, distributor, aggregator, student, sustainability coordinator, clinician or policymaker? This conference might be for you!

Former Healthy Environment Work Group part of national webinar


Dave Rocheleau, former Chair of the RIFPC Healthy Environment Work Group, will be one of the featured guests on a national webinar on February 10, 2015.

West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum presents Food: Too Good To Waste - Successes and Lessons from Communities.  Dave will share some of the findings from the RIFPC pilot project that ran in 2014.



LASA 2015 Grants Program materials now available

The RI Department of Environmental Management is now accepting applications for the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) 2015 Grants Program.

Applications for 2015 must be received by Feb. 17, 2015
Applicants will be notified of award decisions by May 15. 
DOWNLOAD 2015 Application & more info

RIFPC 2014 Highlights

2014 marked an exciting year for the RIFPC, both in terms of regional and local collaboration, policy changes, pilot projects, educational events and the convening of stakeholders.  Highlights from the past year include:

  • RIFPC served as local host of the 2014 Food Solutions New England Summit, held June 12-13 in Pawtucket.  For the first time, access and equity served as major themes of the Summit and the 2060 New England Food Vision was publicly presented and released.  Over 150 participants from all over New England were in attendance.
  • Several Council members served as members of the 2014 Local Ag and Seafood Act (LASA) Grants Committee, helping to review 92 applications, requesting just over $1.4 million in funds and awarding 17 recipients just over $200,000 for projects that are making a difference in helping to build a more vibrant local economy.

Interested in leasing a city-owned urban farm in Providence?

The City of Providence invites proposals from groups and individuals who want to lease a city-owned urban farm with season extension facilities, for the purposes of agricultural business development and increasing the availability of healthy locally-grown food in Providence, Rhode Island; with opportunities to support farm-to-school linkages.

2014 Status Report on Hunger

Just released last week from the RI Community Food Bank.

Public Meeting LASA Grants Program 10/29/14, 3:30 PM

A public hearing regarding the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Small Grants and Technical Assistance Program will be held:
Wednesday,  October 29th 3:30 pm
Room 300
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, Rhode Island

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