news & events

June 4, 2022

Thank you to all who came out to our RI Farm to School Network launch event at Saturday’s Farm Fresh RI farmers market! We officially debuted our new branded look, and spoke to many visitors about the importance of the farm to school program in RI –  purchasing from farmers and serving our school children the freshest local produce in school meals. A win all around!   KIDS WIN  |  FARMERS WIN  |  COMMUNITIES WIN

May 25, 2022


The 2022 New England Food Vision Prize is a $1 million commitment aimed at building resiliency, relationships, and capacity within New England’s academic institutional food supply chain, resulting in increased preparation, serving, and consumption of local and regional food at K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Prize proposals may range from $25,000 to $200,000 per project.


June 30, 2022  Deadline for Letters of Interest

July 15, 2022  Invitation for Full Proposal

Sept 1, 2022  Deadline for Full Proposals

Oct 20, 2022  Recipients Notified

May 22, 2022

Network Leadership Council member Sara Churgin, district manager with the Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District, is working with the Portsmouth School District to educate students about where their food comes from every day.

Students start from scratch planting seeds, weeding, watering and then watching the plants grow on the 2-year-old  AgInnovation Farm on the Cloverbud Ranch in Portsmouth. Read or watch the news story and for even more information, visit the Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District website.

January 13, 2022

All this month, at dozens of middle and high schools in Rhode Island, served by Chartwells School Dining Services, students will be offered special menus of locally grown and sourced foods. Every Thursday, at the 21 high schools and 24 middle schools served by Chartwells, it’s all about local.

At right, a Johnston high school student is about to dig in to a colorful, delicious plate of local food. Full story on Turn to 10