2023 Rhode Island Food System Summit Program

8:50 AM EST    Pre-Summit Showcase


9:00 AM EST      Welcoming Remarks

  • Jack Reed, U.S. Senator for Rhode Island
  • Elizabeth Tanner, Secretary of Commerce for Rhode Island
  • Marc B. Parlange, President, University of Rhode Island
  • Silvermoon LaRose, Assistant Director, Tomaquag Museum
  • Katharine Hazard Flynn, Executive Director, URI Business Engagement Center

9:20 AM EST      Developing a vision for 2030

Presenter: Julianne Stelmaszyk, Director of Food Strategy for Rhode Island, CommerceRI

9:40 AM EST      BREAK

9:45 AM EST      Accelerating Solutions at the Intersection of Food, Health and Climate: Collective Impact and the Power of Partnership

Presenter: Sophie Egan, author and leader at the intersection of food, health and climate

10:25 AM EST     A Case Study: Matunuck Shellfish Hatchery and Research Center

Presenters: Perry Raso, Owner, Matunuck Oyster Farm; and Marta Gomez-Chiarri, Professor of Fisheries, Animal, and Veterinary Sciences, University of Rhode Island

10:55 AM EST      Break

11:00 AM EST      Preserving and Growing Agriculture & Seafood Industries 

Presenters: Kenneth Ayars, Chief, Division of Agriculture and Forest Environment, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management; and Julianne Stelmaszyk, Director of Food Strategy for Rhode Island, CommerceRI

11:10 AM EST       Cultivate Food Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Presenters: Matthew Britt, Assistant Professor, Johnson & Wales University; and Lauren Abda, Founder & CEO, Branchfood

11:20 AM EST     Growing Farm to School

Presenter: Jessica Patrolia, Chair, Rhode Island Farm to School Network

11:30 AM EST      Growing Good Food Jobs

Presenter: Shannon Brawley, Executive Director, Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association, and Shayna Cohen, Senior Consultant of KK&P

11:40 AM EST      Food Summit Wrap-Up

Presenter: Director Terrence Gray, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

11:50 AM EST       Closing Remarks and Announcement of Food Summit Follow-On Events

* Please note that this program is subject to change.

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact Katharine Flynn at khflynn@uri.edu.