RIC to launch new urban and community farming educational program

“Going local” is now a significant trend in food production, distribution and consumption. To meet the demand for more for education in this growing area, RIC’s Office of Professional Studies and Continuing Education, has created a new initiative in Urban and Community Farming.

The initiative will provide information and training on income-earning, food-producing and farming-related recreation and relaxation activities. It will be offered through a series of lectures, workshops and non-credit courses.

Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
The speaker series will begin with a presentation titled The World of Beekeeping, Global to Local by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the RIC Student Union, room 307.

Fluehr-Lobban, professor emerita at RIC, will provide an anthropological overview of human and bee interactions over time and discuss current issues related to the growing trend in practical urban and community beekeeping. The Urban and Community Farming speaker series events are free and open to the public.

The initiative is “a natural outgrowth of our continuing partnership with the Fruit Hill Farmers Market and our expanding programming in green and sustainability programs,” said Dante Del Giudice, interim director of Professional Studies and Continuing Education.

For additional speaker events and courses in Urban and Community Farming, and for details regarding the opening of the Fruit Hill Farmers Market at RIC this summer, go to www.ric.edu/pdp.

For information, please contact Dante Del Giudice, interim director of Professional Studies and Continuing Education at (401) 456-8091 or ddelgiudice@ric.edu.