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Welcome to the Maine Food Strategy!

Thefork without background 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.

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Now is the time to link all our good work together, strengthen Maine’s assets in agriculture and fisheries and enhance access to Maine foods and employment opportunities for Maine citizens.


Curious about all things MFS?
Join us on January 27 for the first Maine Food Strategy Informational Webinar
This webinar will provide background and description of current MFS initiatives, as well as next steps and how organizations and individuals can engage. 
Registration is required, and spaces are limited! Sign up here today.


ANNOUNCING! Maine Food Strategy Councils. We need you!

The Councils are groups of committed individuals convening around one of the four goal areas of the Maine Food Strategy network. Councils are made up of 7 – 9 core members to provide leadership, and meetings are open for anyone to attend.

Councils will begin in February 2017, and we need you and your perspective! Councils are charged with developing actions that support the Framework document and the MFS values, with priority placed on actions with cross-sector resonance. Come join the conversation, roll up your sleeves, and delve in to the issues and opportunities in Maine’s food system.

Contact: mfs@mainefoodstrategy.org with the subject line “Council Inquiry” and the council you want to work on (Economic Development, Healthy Food for All, Healthy Maine Environment, Vibrant Communities).

Find more Council information here.


 Stay up to date with the 2016 Maine Food Network Gathering.         

The Maine Food Network Gathering was held on December 2 in Orono. Many great conversations were had and new connections were made.

Follow this link for follow up notes and actions.


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 Maine Food Strategy Frameworkoutlined 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 foodMFA pic 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.


The Maine Food Strategy is advised by a volunteer Steering Committee and is fiscally sponsored by Third Sector New England.

For more information:
Email: mfs@mainefoodstrategy.org
Subscribe and receive initiative news and updates: MFS eNewsletters
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