Welcome to the Maine Food Strategy
The Maine Food Strategy is an initiative to create a broader and more strongly connected network of organizations, businesses and individuals contributing to the food system in Maine. The initiative is convening a statewide participatory process that will identify and advance shared goals to support a robust food economy in our state.
The Maine Food Strategy is bringing on new leadership to our
Applications and nominations are open for the Maine Food Strategy Steering Committee. If you are a systems thinker, connector, network builder, and want to collaborate around food systems work in Maine, submit your application today! Not for you, but know someone who fits the bill? Nominate them here.
Find more information on the position and time commitment here.
Applications close July 25. Apply today!
— NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON! —
We are excited to be developing a new website with more information, interaction, and highlighting the work of food systems groups around Maine and New England.
Check back with us soon, and look out for updates when its launched.
Impacts of Food System Work in Maine
How are we tracking progress and impacts in Maine’s food system? The Maine Food Strategy is using the Results-based Accountability process to collect information on high-level data and program-level stories to show progress toward the Framework goals. Find more information and Submit your case study here.
More details to come soon – email email@example.com to learn more!
In this Google Folder you can find the final report from a recent needs assessment of Maine farmers. The information presented in the report reflects the results from a statewide engagement process designed to identify and explore farmers’ needs and priorities in order to elevate these needs and priorities to the attention of decision-makers and agriculture service providers.
You can get in contact about the report at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An important note from the cohort that developed the report:
The data contained in this report are the direct feedback of participants engaged in a statewide outreach process carried out between August 2018 and January 2019 that was designed to gather input on the needs and priorities of Maine farmers. The framework of those discussions and this report was organized in accordance with the 2013 Strategic Plan of the Agricultural Council of Maine (AGCOM). Information in the report is strictly data with minimal interpretation. The next step in this initiative is for industry representatives to review the report, to identify themes that are representative of and broadly applicable to Maine’s diverse farming community, and to prioritize action items relevant to economic sustainability. Once identified, these unifying themes can serve as the basis for further program and policy development work that benefits Maine farms and businesses.
The Maine Food Strategy hosted a webinar on the recently released USDA Agriculture Census data, and discussed the implications and perspectives for Maine farms.
Follow this link for the webinar recording and presentation slides.
Thank you to our presenters Tom Gordon at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, and Stew Smith of the Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society.
Maine Food Strategy Councils. Sign up to get info today!
The Councils are groups of committed individuals convening around one of the four goal areas of the Maine Food Strategy network: Economic Development, Healthy Food for All, Healthy Maine Environment, Vibrant Communities.
Councils are charged with developing actions that support the Framework document and the MFS values, with priority placed on actions with cross-sector resonance.
Find more Council information and how to engage here.
Take the Pledge!
If you want to become a Maine Food Strategy Network Partner and show your support, then sign on to the Network Agreement. This agreement outlines how the initiative functions, and how to collaboratively work together to achieve our collective goals for positive food systems change.
A roadmap to achieve those goals has been outlined in the Maine Food Strategy Framework: A tool for advancing Maine’s food system. This body of work synthesizes years of input from food system stakeholders on priorities to bolster Maine’s food system. It is an organizing tool to facilitate collaborative work. Find out more here on how you can engage with and broaden the Maine food system network.
Have you heard of the Maine Food Atlas? The Atlas encourages diverse food operators—growers, processors, farm to school groups, food security organizations—to use the website and put themselves “on the map.” This work provides baseline information for rebuilding community food systems, assuring greater food security for all, and improving the social, economic, environmental, and health impacts of our food. Create your own account and begin connecting with other organizations in your area and throughout the state.
Be Part of the Maine Food Strategy…
Share your input, lend your expertise and help define how we can all work more collaboratively and effectively to strengthen Maine’s amazing food system. Visit our Network Page for more information on the initiative’s four goal areas and how to get involved.