Portsmouth will host a free (registration required) half-day "Food Summit 3" on Saturday, April 2, focusing on local-grown food on Aquidneck Island. The event will "take the pulse of the emerging healthy local food movement in Rhode Island, where Aquidneck Island has become an incubator of a new and vital food system," organizers said in a release.
First Gentleman, Andy Moffat, and RI DEM Director Janet Coit will be among the community leaders attending to discuss of the movement toward economic health and sustainability. The event also serves to announce the uniting of Aquidneck Growers’ Market, Sustainable Aquidneck, and the Island Commons Food Initiative under one umbrella to more effectively serve the changing food system needs of the Aquidneck Island community under the new name of Aquidneck Community Table, or ACT.
Highly interACTive, this lively symposium will focus on ACTivism and will reveal
- Rhode Island’s first community food map,
- The results of Aquidneck Land Trust's Newport County farm survey, and
- The new, energetic movement to create community and school gardens across the island.
The program will dedicate time to ways that everyone can learn and contribute to the healthy local food movement via the island’s first ACTion Fair, showcasing many ways to get involved:
- Building Newport's first community garden,
- Island Community Farm programs in Middletown, plus
- Many other emerging ways to make healthy food accessible to all members of our community through action, conversation, and understanding.
April 2, 2016, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
St. Mary's Church Parish Hall
324 East Main, Portsmouth
Free and open to all
Registration required: bitly.com/FoodSummit3ACT
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Editorial note: Written from a news release.