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Events: June 2006

RI Summit of the Healthy Eating & Active Living Collaborative

Thursday, June 1 | 11:30AM - 6:00PM | Warwick, RI | directions | website

The 1st Annual Summit will convene statewide work groups, obesity prevention stakeholders, and community partners addressing healthy eating and active living to:
• Celebrate, recognize and thank our partners for all of their hard work to-date;
• Request final input into Rhode Island’s Draft Plan for Healthy Eating &
Active Living; and
• Invite our partners to join action teams to implement the state plan objectives.

Speakers include First Lady Suzanne Carcieri and RI Dept of Health Director Dr. David Gifford. Kyle Unland of the Washington State Dept of Health will give the keynote: "Policy & Environmental Approaches to Nutrition & Physical Activity in Washington State."

Registration is required as space is limited and food needs to be ordered. The Summit is free but there is a $25.00 refundable registration fee for all attendees. Please make your registration check payable to the Nutrition Council of RI, Inc. It will be returned to you at the end of the Summit.

Please return your completed registration form and registration fee by May 19, 2006 to:
Stacie Bowman
Communications Specialist
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 409, Providence, RI 02908

Hosted by RI Department of Health at the Crowne Plaza Hotel: 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, RI.

Contact Stacie Bowman at (401) 222-7462 or by e-mail for more information.

Home Garden Pest & Disease Workshop

Saturday, June 3 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Knowledge is the most effective tool for building a disease and pest free garden. Come learn who & what is “buggin” your garden vegetables and what the most effective, environmentally friendly techniques are for keeping your garden healthy all season long.

Pre-Register and SAVE!! pre-registration cost~$12
register for 5 workshops for $50
to Pre-Register call 273-9419 x 29

Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the City Farm: Corner of Dudley & W. Clifford Streets, Providence, RI.

Contact Kiera Mulvey at (401) 273-9419 x28 or by e-mail for more information.

Sustainable Living Festival

Saturday, June 3 | 2:00PM - 11:00PM | Coventry, RI | directions | website

The Rhode Island Sustainable Living Festival & Renewable Energy Expo is the premier event in Southern New England promoting healthy, secure and sustainable communities. It features scores of educational workshops, an all-star line-up of nationally known and locally grown musicians, full days children's program, vendors, exhibitors, artisans and craftspeople, tours of the Apeiron Institute's award-winning Eco-House, the Rhode Island Junior Solar Sprint Competition, nature hikes, a fleet of alternative energy vehicles, storytellers, puppets, practitioners, and much more! We hope you'll join thousands of other New Englanders for an unparalleled mix of music, education and fun!

$20 Adult, $10 Seniors, free for kids 16 and under

Hosted by Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living at the Apeiron Institute: 4588 Rt. 117, Coventry, RI.

Contact Brad Hyson at (401) 397-3430 or by e-mail for more information.

Place, Taste, and Sustenance: The Social Spaces of Food and Agriculture

Wednesday, June 7 12:00PM - Sunday, June 11 9:00PM | Boston, MA | directions | website

Boston University's Programs in Gastronomy (MLA in Gastronomy, Culinary Arts Certificate Program, Elizabeth Bishop Wine Program), with great enthusiasm, looks forward to hosting this year's annual conference. The location for this year's conference sets itself as an ideal locale for the meeting -- Boston is a vibrant city that, with a concentration of leading universities and libraries, promotes intellectual pursuits and thoughtful dialogue; a city that boasts a tradition of gustatory pleasures, from the oldest continuously running restaurant (The Oyster House) to the home of Culinary leaders that include Julia Child, Jasper White, Gordon Hamersely and Lydia Shire; it also has a strong history of public markets (Haymarket), community activism centering on food, issues of sustainability of land and sea and farm-to-table initiatives.

Hosted by Association for the Study of Food & Society at the Boston University: 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

Contact Beth Forrest at (617) 353-9853 or by e-mail for more information.

Food for Thought: Making Healthier Food Choices In Our Homes and In Our Schools

Thursday, June 8 | 9:30PM - 10:30PM | Mattapoisett, MA | directions | website

John Turenne, Former Executive Chef / Director for Sustainable Dining at Yale University will lead a discussion in how we can make healthier food choices for our families – both at home and in our schools. The President and Founder of Sustainable Food Systems, LLC., Turenne is nationally recognized for his innovative leadership approach in an extensive senior management and culinary career that has encompassed over 25 years in the food industry.

The Marion Institute is working with Dr. Cooper, ORR School Superintendent, to create a school menu that would be healthier for students without increasing overall food costs. "The Old Rochester Regional Schools and the Massachusetts Superintendency Union 55 Elementary Schools are making a concerted effort to have the school lunch programs be successful in terms of their contribution to the health of the students and as self-supporting initiatives during this period of restricted budget resources," says Dr. Cooper. "We’re looking forward to hearing ideas from John Turenne that will help build enthusiasm and confidence in our respective school communities about the school lunch programs. Mr. Turenne has demonstrated his ability to manage successful food service programs that have nutritional quality as the ruling mantra..."

The talk is free to the public.

Hosted by ORR Nutrition Committee and the Marion Institute at the Old Rochester Regional High School: 135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett, MA.

Contact Callum Grieve at (508) 748-0816 or by e-mail for more information.

Fresh Greens in an Old City: The Changing Face of Urban Agriculture

Sunday, June 11 | 11:00AM - 9:00PM | Boston, MA | directions | website

Day trip through the Rhode Island food system for participants in the 2006 Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) Conference. $50 (includes transportation from Boston and lunch).

Join Louella Hill, Director of Farm Fresh Rhode Island, an organization that connects farmers with chefs on a fascinating tour of “farm to table” in Rhode Island. Along the way, you will visit Dutra Dairy Farm, Hmong Incubator Farmers, the A.T. Siravo Produce Warehouse, and the historical Governor Dyer Cooperative Market. While visiting, we will discuss shifting methods of production, small-farm viability, marketing techniques and agricultural land trusts. Lunch will consist of a local menu, at Agora Restaurant.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI & the Association for the Study of Food & Society at the Rhode Island farms: 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

Contact Beth Forrest at (617) 353-9853 or by e-mail for more information.