Farm Fresh Rhode Island

A hub for local food since 2004

aka Farm Fresh RI   |   Providence, RI   |  www.farmfreshri.org

Mission

Farm Fresh RI is a 501c3 non-profit founded in 2004 with a big mission—growing a local food system that values the environment, health & quality of life of farmers & eaters. Part incubator, part activator, we offer access, education, & distribution programs aimed at building healthier communities, increasing access to fresh food, strengthening community-based businesses, and improving the impact of food production & distribution on our environment. In 2014, Farm Fresh adopted the Food Solutions New England Food Vision as a guiding vision for our organization. The regional plan has a goal of building capacity for New England to produce 50% of its own food by 2060. Right now, 90% of the food we consume comes from outside of the region. For more information, visit http://farmfreshri.org.

Ruling year info

2007

Co-Executive Director — Community Access

Mrs Sheri Griffin

Co-Executive Director — Food Systems Enterprise

Mr Jesse Rye

Main address

10 Sims Ave unit 103

Providence, RI 02909 USA

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EIN

20-4625643

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Farm Fresh seeks to build the local economy and increase healthy food access by making strong connections between local farmers and local eaters.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Local Food Guide

An online database that promotes the purchase of locally grown foods in New England by making information on regional farms and their products easily accessible to the public.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Located in low-income neighborhoods, our markets
focus on increasing access to fresh, local food and
nutrition education. We manage 11 farmers markets, including the Woonsocket year-round farmers market, and the Pawtucket Wintertime Market, which has grown to become New England’s largest indoor market.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

The Harvest Kitchen project is Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s
food-industry training program for youth ages 16–20 from
the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)’s Juvenile Corrections Services. Our trainees work
to create a line of high-quality preserved foods using
ingredients sourced from local farms and sell those goods
at farmers markets—while building a stable foundation to
maintain employment beyond their time in the program.
Harvest Kitchen is part of Farm Fresh RI’s initiative to
increase the variety of value-added local farm products
available, and part of our mission to create a community-based food system. Harvest Kitchen focuses on offering
opportunities for youth to understand how their activities
connect to the food system, and the local food movement
at large, while gaining the necessary skills and experience
to pursue their personal and professional goals.

Harvest Kitchen trainees receive income for attending the program four days per week, as well as for their work selling the products at farmers markets throughout the state. Upon completion of the program, trainees also receive help with internship and job placements.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Incarcerated people

A transparent wholesale distribution program that directly connects buyers with a robust regional food network. Combining an e-commerce platform, personalized customer
service and efficient delivery system, the program allows farmers to focus on growing and enables chefs, grocers, hospitals, and schools to easily purchase locally grown foods.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A market-based nutrition education program, directed towards families with young children, who are eligible for SNAP or WIC.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

A program that increases spending power for shoppers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Bonus Bucks supplement SNAP benefits by providing incentives for fruit and vegetable purchases at farmers markets, making the healthy choice the easier choice.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

As a core member of the National Farm to School Network, this program is helping schools, hospitals and senior centers develop sustainable relationships with area farms. The program provides these communities with tastings, nutrition education and assistance for chefs to source and integrate
fresh produce into cafeteria meals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

An ongoing subscription of local produce delivered to participants at workplaces and community centers. The program helps individuals and families gain greater access to local food and provides farms with a consistent demand for produce year-round.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island's mission is the creation of a food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of Rhode Island farmers and eaters.

This mission is fulfilled through a range of programs that build farm viability through market development while creating demand for and access to local foods through education, outreach and financial assistance for low-income consumers.

Farm Fresh RI has had a profound impact on New England's food system, stimulating demand for local food & contributing to the increase in new farmers. Farm Fresh pioneered wintertime farmers markets in RI, and manages the largest one in New England. Its wholesale distribution program, Market Mobile, moves $2M+ of food for local growers annually. Its Nutrition Education programs reached 20,000+ participants in 2016. Its Harvest Kitchen program trains local youth, creates a local-only line of preserved foods, offers a local-foods cafe, and provides processing for small farms. Farm Fresh manages 11 farmers markets in low- to mid-income areas & gives a 100% match in nutrition incentives for SNAP users at 21+ partner markets across RI. Farm Fresh is a leader & innovator in food systems development, at the table for the formation of the Food Policy Council, RI Agricultural Partnership, & RI Food Plan. No other food-related nonprofit in RI has the broad range of capacities Farm Fresh does.

Farm Fresh focuses on farmers markets & nutrition education at markets, schools, community & senior centers as means to connect farmers and customers. Its involvement in creating food security for low-income RI-ers dates back to its formation in 2004, indicated by:
• Managing markets in low-income/low-access communities
• Providing SNAP-acceptance and incentives at its markets for up to a decade
• Training RI Department of Health WIC nutritionists on farmers markets programming
• Providing nutrition education about fresh produce to upwards of 20,000 participants annually
• Participating in long-term partnerships with community health centers and free clinics, food pantries & senior centers

Farm Fresh's farm-to-wholesale program features a food hub, processing kitchen, job training, and more. The organization has a $2.3M annual operating budget, 33 staff members, fiscal management practices compliant with federal standards, and has successfully completed numerous federal grants.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Board of directors
as of 09/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristine Merz

Orange Square

Term: 2014 - 2019

Chris Clegg

Four Town Farm

Maureen Pothier

Retired, Johnson & Wales University

Bruce Tillinghast

Johnson & Wales University

Michael Zabelin

Rhode Island Legal Services

Maureen Lund

Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI

Sheila Brush

Retired, Grow Smart RI

Virginia Branch

Branch Architects

Kelley McShane

The Granny Squibb Company

Georgina Sarpong

Abundance Farm

TJ DelleDonne

Johnson & Wales University

Jane Sabatini

Retired, Certified Public Accountant

Lynn Bowman

The Gordon School

John Auger

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI

Angel Mendez

Red Tomato

Kristine Merz

Orange Square

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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