A fresh Rhode Island
The efforts of Farm Fresh Rhode Island
to grow the demand, supply, and markets for local food is creating a viable, sustainable, and equitable food system for Rhode Island. Critical to their success are their collaborations with farmers, consumers, state and federal agencies, universities, and grassroots organizations. They have been recognized by the US Department of Agriculture for their innovative financing model and are largely responsible for the expansion of the number of farmers' markets in the state, expanding both the retail and wholesale market for producers.
The Rhode Island Foundation originally seeded the start of this organization when Noah Fulmer, then a Brown University student, had an idea about making connections between local producers and consumers of food. This idea has grown into an organization with a budget nearing $2 million with numerous successful programs that improve the health and quality of life of local farmers and eaters.
Since its inception, the Foundation has granted over $400,000 to expand and grow its innovative programming to keep all of Rhode Island fresh. Programs like the Harvest Kitchen Project, a 20-week culinary and job-readiness training program for youth in Juvenile Corrections, and Fresh Bucks which allows individuals to use food stamps at the farmers' markets, is improving access to the local food system across Rhode Island.