To recognize the importance of the state’s $2.5 billion agriculture and green industries, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) will host Rhode Island Agriculture Day at the State House on Thursday, May 28.
DEM will announce the award of 15 Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) grants of up to $20,000 to assist small or beginning farmers and local seafood businesses promote and market their locally grown or harvested products grown in Rhode Island. The program is designed to increase the economic competitiveness of Rhode Island-grown agricultural products and local seafood. “This new initiative is one of many efforts taken by DEM to support local agriculture and our state’s food economy,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “Rhode Islanders are eager to grow, eat and promote local food, and this grant program supports the growth of our local food sector to meet the growing demand of consumers.”
Sample a large selection of local foods.
Visit NOFA/RI’s exhibit at the Rhode Island State House. Learn more about the day here.