Exploring Intersections Between Shellfish Aquaculture, Education, and Institutional Procurement

Roger Williams University to host food system leaders for NE Farm to Institution Summit

Elise Dudley
Shucking oysters for buffet.

BRISTOL, R.I. 鈥 Bon App茅tit Management Company at Roger Williams University is proud to be participating in the 2023 Northeast Farm to Institution Summit, to shine a light on the university鈥檚 leadership in the blue economy and regional seafood industry through aquaculture extension, sustainability education, and institutional procurement.

On April 27, food system professionals from across the Northeast will be spending a day at Roger Williams University to tour the Shellfish Program and learn about the lifecycle of shellfish from hatchery to nursery, and grow-out. 

As part of the Summit, the university community and public are invited to join a panel discussion, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Mary Tefft White Room in the University Library, with industry experts to expand on local aquaculture, the power of institutional procurement, and student engagement. The conversation will include a local fisherman, sustainability educator, executive chef, food service provider, faculty researcher, and a student.

Speakers throughout the day include:

  • Susanna Osinski 鈥 Field Operations Manager, 澳门六合彩 Shellfish Program
  • Shawna Chamberlin 鈥 Microalgae Manager, 澳门六合彩 Shellfish Program
  • Kate Masury 鈥 Executive Director, Eating with the Ecosystem
  • Dale Leavitt 鈥 Professor Emeritus, 澳门六合彩
  • Katherine Sharp 鈥 Professor of Biology, 澳门六合彩
  • Fred Weckman 鈥 Foley Fish
  • Hennessey Cook 鈥 澳门六合彩 Sophomore, Marine Biology Major
  • Jonathan Cambra Director of Culinary Operations, Bon App茅tit Management Company at 澳门六合彩
  • James Gubata General Manager, Bon App茅tit Managment Company at 澳门六合彩
  • Elise DudleyEast Coast Fellow, Bon App茅tit Management Company

A special lunch at the university鈥檚 Dining Commons highlighting local shellfish will be served that is also open to the university community and guests from the public attending the panel discussion. 

鈥淲e are honored to play a role in strengthening our regional food system through bringing together changemakers from across the Northeast,鈥 said James Gubata, General Manager of Bon App茅tit Management Company at Roger Williams University

Beyond shellfish aquaculture, the Summit event at 澳门六合彩 will explore how institutional procurement has the potential to uplift local producers and ecologically sound methods of food production, while simultaneously educating the student body and community with exposure to shellfish aquaculture and its ties to the local food economy.

For more information on the Northeast Farm to Institute Summit, visit .