URI Pop-Up: South Kingstown Farmers Market – Saturday, August 14, 2021 

Join us on URI’s campus (25 West Independence Way) at the South Kingstown Farmers Market, offering high-quality, locally grown and produced goods, produce, and food. At the URI tent, we’ll be talking about the Rhode Island Food Center at URI along with other campus updates.


‘The crisis revealed the crisis,’ 2021 Rhode Island Food System Summit focuses on food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic

January 25, 2021 – During the past year, food insecurity in the United States has reached record levels. According to a report issued by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank last fall, one in four Rhode Island households lacks adequate food, up from one in ten just a few years ago.  Read more.

URI students, staff work to combat food insecurity

November 23, 2020 – Approximately 2,400 USDA food boxes distributed to University community, local nonprofits as part of Farmers to Families program.  Read more.

Hunger Hits Home:  Food Insecurity on Campus and Beyond

November 21, 2020 – Hunger. It’s a widespread problem—even on college campuses. How is URI responding to help get food to those in need? Read more.

University of Rhode Island focuses 2020 food summit on the ‘Intersection between Climate Risk and Food’

January 9, 2020 – Amid mounting concerns over the impact of extreme weather and rising temperatures on land and water resources and the global food supply, the University of Rhode Island will highlight climate risk and the path forward as part of its fourth annual Rhode Island Food System Summit. Read more.

400 attend URI’s third annual Food System Summit

January 31, 2019 – Participants hear from local, state and federal experts, discuss next steps in implementing Rhode Island Food Strategy. Read more.

URI Agricultural Extension hosts Southside Community Land Trust to support local farming

April 7, 2018 – Gardeners gathered on Saturday, April 7th to tour the University of Rhode Island Agronomy Farm and learn how they can transition their gardening hobby into a business.  Read more.

Land Prices, Labor Issues Making Farming Challenging in Rhode Island, URI Experts Ready to Help

March 20, 2018 – Farming in Rhode Island is a challenging career choice, especially for those just entering the industry, but many farmers are still succeeding thanks to creative marketing and youthful energy. Read More

URI hosts second annual Rhode Island Food Summit to support local food movement

January 22, 2018 — Nearly 400 people gathered at the University of Rhode Island on Jan. 18 for the second annual Rhode Island Food Summit to network with those who work in the local food system and to hear from local experts, discuss partnership opportunities, learn about funding sources, and celebrate and support the development of the local food movement in the state. Read More

URI researcher testing vegetable growing methods popular among ethnic communities

August 1, 2017 – John Taylor is intrigued by the methods that ethnic communities use to grow their native vegetables in urban settings in the United States.  So the University of Rhode Island scientist is testing some of those strategies to see if the methods could increase crop yields of more conventional vegetables.  Read More 

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Contact Us

Please contact Katharine Flynn to learn more about the Food Center at khflynn@uri.edu.