ERIKA LAMB, FOUNDER
Over the past 15 years, Erika has actively participated in community-based initiatives to combat food insecurity and encourage local food sourcing within Rhode Island. She worked with urban agriculture programs at the Southside Community Land Trust, contributed to institutional sustainability plans at the Lincoln School and Mariposa Learning Center, and consulted with Rhode Island Public Health Institute’s Food on the Move program about expanding local food options at senior care sites. Through these experiences, Erika learned about the large amounts of fish landed on Georges Bank that are regularly shipped overseas due to low domestic demand, as well as the slew of cosmetically imperfect vegetables that are often landfilled because they cannot sell at market. Realizing that these were two pieces of the same puzzle, she spent a year researching and developing the perfect fish cake recipe—one that was delicious, environmentally-friendly, non-breaded AND gluten-free!—and launched SecondsFirst LLC in 2016. Through SecondsFirst, Erika hopes to promote more sustainable fish consumption in New England while addressing the region’s issues of food waste and food insecurity.