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Brown University's association with Newport BioDiesel has been integral to the expansion of our green dining network. Once other facilities and restaurants became aware of our association with Brown University as a sustainable partner in production of clean burning biodiesel, they were more inclined to follow suit and join our network. The partnership we share with Brown University has been core to the expansion of our service to fuel a greener Rhode Island.

-- Chris Benzak, Managing Partner, Newport Biodiesel

Brown Dining Services is a founding partner of Farm Fresh Rhode Island (FFRI), an organization that started in 2004 as a collaboration between the center for environmental studies, the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture, and Brown Dining Services.
Farm Fresh RI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the local Rhode Island food system through creating stronger, healthier connections between producers, consumers, and the environment. Currently, Farm Fresh RI manages eight urban farmers markets in the greater Providence area, including co-managing with Brown Dining, the market on Brown's campus – Wriston quad to be exact!
  • Local Food Forum
  • The Local Food Forum is an annual event hosted by Brown Dining Services and held on campus. The forum first began in the spring of 2005 in collaboration with FFRI to connect and build networks among those involved in our local food system. The forum enables buyers and producers to better understand each others’ needs, the event attracts over 200 attendees who include local farmers, food producers, restaurateurs, chefs, faculty, staff, students, and other individuals interested in connecting to the local food system.
  • Food Forum 2013 was held on Tuesday, February 6th, 2013. Stayed tuned for 2014!
  • Market Mobile
  • Market Mobile, an FFRI program, is a centralized distribution method for Rhode Island farmers that began in winter of ’08-’09.
  • How it works: every week farmers post prices for their available products through a central online price list; then local restaurants and institutions view the list and place orders. The Market Mobile vehicle picks up farmers’ weekly deliveries from one centralized location and delivers them according to a scheduled route.
  • Brown Dining is one of several participating local institutions.
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