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Join ecoRI News for its inaugural Happy Hour Speaker Series

Guests will nibble on local fare while listening to a lively panel discussion — moderated by ecoRI News editor Frank Carini — about the "Dark Side of Local Food."

Among some of the questions the panel will address: How can consumers know what they're buying is truly local? Are there those misusing the "local" label? How do we define local food? Is local food better for the environment? Who is left out if local food is not affordable?

There will be plenty of opportunity to chat and network before and after the panel discussion with savvy eaters, local farmers and producers, restaurant owners, chefs and food purveyors active in creating a robust local food system.

Light snacks will be provided by Narragansett Creamery, The Backyard Food Company, Sacred Cow Granola, Seven Stars Bakery and The Power of Juice. Guests can also enjoy a cash bar at AS220.

Tickets are $8 (before April 30) and $10 thereafter. A limited number of $5 student tickets are available.



Ken Ayars, chief of the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Agriculture

Lisa Raiola, founder of Hope & Main

Jesse Rye, co-executive director of Farm Fresh RI

Cassie Tharinger, founding board member of Urban Greens

Matt Tracy, farmer at Red Planet Farm