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EXCESS FOOD: Eva Agudelo launched Hope’s Harvest Rhode Island in February, a nonprofit that works with farms and food-service organizations to identify excess food and transport it to organizations that serve it to those in need.
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Hope’s Harvest promotes equality with food

Eva Agudelo’s childhood was one marked by food ­insecurity. “There were times would skip meals, so I had enough money to eat. That’s a...
STEADY SELLER: Erika Lamb is the owner and CEO of SecondsFirst, which creates fish cakes for sale to food banks and institutional customers. She sells between 3,000 and 5,000 fish cakes a month. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Protein-rich fish cakes a bargain for food banks

Misshaped vegetables and fish that lack a local market are the key ingredients in the fish cakes produced by a new company, SecondsFirst LLC. The...
MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY: Alex Inoue is the general manager of Shiru Cafe in Providence. Shiru provides free coffee, tea and juice for college students, and makes its money from companies that advertise recruitment on in-store displays, cups and through staff members. Behind Inoue is a pastry case. / PBN PHOTO/KATE TALERICO

Free java the lure for students

A new cafe has come to Providence’s College Hill with a no-cost pitch some patrons can’t afford to pass up: free coffee, tea and...
ARTISAN TEA: Michelle Cheng, owner and founder of Leafy Green, a tea company based out of Hope & Main in Warren, prioritizes single-origin tea leaves purchased directly from farmers to elevate her tea to “artisan status.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tea offers fresh taste of China

Growing up in China, ­Michelle Cheng and her family drank tea daily. At age 13, Cheng and her family immigrated to the United States,...
FULLY PREPARED: Natasha Daniels, sous chef for PVD Dinner Share, a meal-prep service that provides fully cooked and prepared meals each week, in the kitchen preparing jerk chicken with braised greens on coconut rice for customer pickups. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

When you don’t want to cook

After a long workday, a home-cooked dinner made of fresh, local ingredients sounds fantastic. But who has the energy to pull it together? Craig Jones...
HAVING FUN: James “Big Jim” Annis, right, and James “Jimmy” Annis, left, with Robert James Annis, at East Bay Custom Cycles in Bristol, a motorcycle customize and repair shop, which Big Jim and Jimmy opened together last May. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Getting motors runnin’

After serving in the Coast Guard and working 20 years as a policeman, James “Big Jim” Annis decided to retire and open a motorcycle...
SHARED WORKSPACE: Avi Mallinger, right, general manager of Pilotworks Providence, a shared commercial kitchen space available for use by local small food-production companies, discusses how to use the dough sheeter with Andrew Kupke, chef and co-owner of Brown Paper Bounty. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Kitchen feeds Rhode Island eateries

Pilotworks Providence is a shared commercial kitchen providing production time and space to small food businesses. The facility, which opened at 55 Cromwell St. last...
SOAP SAVVY: Elizabeth Sylvia started Rhode Island Natural Soap in November, converting a spare bedroom in her Lincoln home into a “soap lab,” and sells her product through a website, as well as at shows and the Providence Flea. / COURTESY ELIZABETH SYLVIA

Pastime now fills ‘soap lab’

The journey from a pastime to a home-based business has been swift for Rhode Island Natural Soap Co. Entrepreneur Elizabeth Sylvia started her business in...
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