Thank you to our funders and partners!
Eating with the Ecosystem started activities in 2012 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2014. As we have grown, we have depended on the collaboration and generosity of many friends, funders, and partners. We are deeply indebted to the following groups and individuals for helping us on our path to designing and promoting a place-based sustainable seafood paradigm for New England.
THE PUBLIC: Much of our funding comes in the form of small donations from the public. Members of the public also play a vital moral support role, encouraging us to push forward with our vision! You can get involved in our work by making a contribution or volunteering for Eating with then Ecosystem.
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND: The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography received a NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy grant in 2016-2018 to partner with Eating with the Ecosystem to devise "ecosystem-based" seafood marketing strategies to complement the push for ecosystem-based fisheries management in New England. The project will assess the degree of symmetry between New England marine ecosystems and seafood markets, and better understand barriers and opportunities associated with achieving a closer match between the two.
FOOD SOLUTIONS NEW ENGLAND LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Our board president Sarah Schumann was accepted into the first Food Solutions New England Leadership Institute in Fall of 2016. Through this training opportunity, she has met other food leaders from around New England and learned more about how to connect Eating with the Ecosystem's vision to the New England Food Vision of obtaining 50% of our region's food from local sources by 2060.
RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION CENTENNIAL GRANTS: The Rhode Island Foundation's Centennial Grants were awarded to each of Rhode Island's cities and towns in 2016 to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary since the Foundation's founding. Eating with the Ecosystem is handling administration and support for a Centennial Grant awarded to a group of Point Judith fishermen to create and install 10 interpretive signs to raise awareness about the history and future of the state's premier fishing port.
RHODE ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY SURVEY / RESILIENT FISHERIES RI: Eating with the Ecosystem is playing an outreach support role in a project called "Resilient Fisheries RI", which was made possible through a NOAA Saltonstall Kennedy grant to the RI Natural History Survey and is coordinated by our board president, Sarah Schumann (wearing a different hat). In summer of 2017, Eating with the Ecosystem will help disseminate findings from this project to the public through four food-related education events focused on environmental change and Rhode Island fisheries.
RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS: The Rhode Island Foundation Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their missions. The Rhode Island Foundation awarded Eating with the Ecosystem with an Organizational Development Grant for 2016 to strengthen our print, oral, and visual communications strategy.
HOPE & MAIN: Eating with the Ecosystem is proud to be a member of the Warren, RI-based culinary business incubator Hope & Main. We host our School of Fish workshops in Hope & Main's demo kitchen, and frequently participate in Meet Your Maker markets to get out the word about our programming and meet the culinary creatives who make the space vibrant.
RHODE ISLAND'S LASA GRANTS: The Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) grants, made possible through the support of the State of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Foundation, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, and the van Beuren Charitable Trust, generously provided Eating with the Ecosystem with funding to support our Seafood for All pilot project in 2015-2017.
ECO-RI INC. : ecoRI Inc. acted as our fiscal sponsor when we first started up. ecoRI is a unique initiative devoted to educating the public about local environmental and social justice issues and how they interconnect. The nonprofit accomplishes its mission in separate but linked ways: investigative reporting, community journalism, educational programs, public outreach, green consulting, and compostable food-scrap collection.
FISH LOCALLY COLLABORATIVE: The Fish Locally Collaborative is a decentralized network of community fishermen and their allies that works to promote a healthier ocean through community based fisheries. The FLC unites fishermen, fishing families, scientists, community organizers, policy reformers, youth activists, new economy leaders, food system advocates, and many more through a dynamic and flexible collaborative that achieves both policy that works and socio-economic-political power that lasts. Members of the FLC and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance have provided mentoring and friendship along the way.
TOYOTA TOGETHER-GREEN: The National Audubon Society and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in the spring of 2008 to fund conservation projects, train environmental leaders, and offer volunteer and individual action opportunities that significantly benefit the environment. Eating with the Ecosystem's Sarah Schumann was lucky to be selected as one of 40 conservation fellows in 2012. Fellowship funding supported ten ecosystem-based restaurant dinners in Rhode Island and Boston.
PROVIDENCE PROVISION: Eating with the Ecosystem was privileged to win the February 2012 Providence Provision, a grassroots funding model where contestants pitch their ideas to attendees during the course of a home-made meal, and one winner takes the proceeds. We garnered $600 of start-up funds through this process, and had a great deal of fun in the process.