Cultivating Connections: K-12 and College Procurement Gathering

January 31, 2024

The RI Farm to School Network, in partnership with the RI Division of Agriculture, RI Department of Education, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, and Commerce RI, was proud to host a new event designed to connect local food producers with buyers for RI’s K-12 schools and colleges.

Thank you to everyone who came out for an afternoon of networking, learning, and building relationships. This free event was open to all farmers, fishers, local food producers, and K-12 and college foodservice interested in expanding their connection to local food and local school markets.

As a group, we…

Learned about the logistics of selling to schools and colleges 

Shared challenges and opportunities as producers and buyers

Networked with potential partners to hopefully build lasting relationships

…all to help increase the amount of local, delicious food served in Rhode Island’s schools. Click the images below for the full resources!

Opening Session

Presentation

Workshops

Summary of Workshop Takeaways

Buyers Workshop

Forward Planning Worksheet

Farmers/
Food Producers
Workshop

Presentation
Factsheet
Producer Planning Questions
Farmer-focused
Capability Statement
Factsheet

Food Manufacturers
Workshop

Presentation
School Nutrition Resources

Distributors
Workshop

Other Resources

Report
Factsheet
Factsheet
Factsheet

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