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.
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!
The Economic Development Council is hosting a data workshop and needs assessment for Maine food system market information.
Sign up today for the “Food System Market Data Workshop, Needs Assessment, and Networking Event”
May 30. Muskie School of Public Service, Portland
Register on Eventbrite here.
In partnership with the Data Innovation Project, this two-part day focus on food systems market data.
Sign up for one part, or both!
The goal of this event is to:
1). Learn! Increase awareness of existing tools and services focusing on market data and making this data relevant to businesses and;
2). Hear from stakeholders! Hold a needs assessment to better understand gaps and opportunities
This event is geared toward food system economic development entities: Value-added businesses, farms, wholesalers and distributers, grocers and retailers, restaurants, service providers, industry groups, etc.
A sincere thank you to event sponsors Maine Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Maine Technology Institute.
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.