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Agenda and confirmed presenters:
8:30 a.m.: Registration & add your organization to the Maine Food Atlas
9:15 a.m.: Welcoming remarks by Walt Whitcomb, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.
Network Rap: Three places where networks are changing the food system
- Farm to Institution New England: Riley Neugebaur
- Food Solutions New England Network Member: Amanda Beal
- Slow Money Maine: Bonnie Rukin
- Brett Tolley, LocalCatch.org
– Opportunity/Issue Jam Session: Panel presentations followed by Q&A and deliberation on next steps to support these areas.
- Workforce Development: Connecting workforce development programs that support food businesses
- ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry: Ashley Sears
- Maine Quality Center, Jim McGowan
- Northeastern Workforce Development Board, Joanna Russell
- Maine SeaGrant, Paul Anderson
- Diversifying the Marine Economy: Seafood beyond the lobster
- Island Institute: Nick Battista
- Penobscot East Resource Center: Pat Shepard
- Gulf of Maine, Inc.: Tim Sheehan
- Sarah Rademaker: American Unagi
- Consumer Education: How do we encourage more people to choose Maine food more often?
- ME DACF: Jessica Nixon
- ME Wild Blueberry Commission: Nancy McBrady
- Gulf of Maine Research Institute: Jen Levin
12:00 p.m. Networking Buffet Lunch – participants visit informational displays on tools and resources
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: U.S. Senator Angus S. King Jr.
1: 30 pm: Afternoon Educational Sessions (choose one):
- Engaging with Public Policy for Food Systems
- ME Farm Bureau: Alicyn Smart
- Natural Resources Council of ME: Ryan Parker, NRCM
- Bangor City Council: Ben Sprague
- Congresswomen Chellie Pingree’s Office: Emily Horton
- Food Sovereignty in Tribal Communities
- Alivia Moore, Penobscot Nation tribal member
- Janet Lola, Indian Township Food Pantry and of the Passamaquoddy Nation
- Careers in Maine Food: Options for starting a career in food systems
- Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Institute: Deb Bicknell
- ME Farm and Sea Cooperative: Dave Seddon/Ron Adams
- Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association, Shelley Doak
- Sodexo: Varun Avasthi
– Wrap Up
– Open Mic for attendees to share their experiences of the day and final thoughts
– Closing remarks
4:00 p.m.: Formal gathering ends – attendees encouraged to stay for appetizers, cash bar, and live music by The Itinerant Visitors -see below for band details!
Bonus! The “Itinerate Visitors” are a 5-piece band featuring acoustic instruments and vocals. Two guitars, a fiddle, a bass and percussion create the foundation of the music which includes interpretation of songs across a spectrum of time. A blend of traditional, contemporary, folk, rock and originals will be shared in an enthusiastic mix of music including Dylan, the Dead, Van, the Beatles, and others. Members include: Paul Anderson (guitar), Robert Roper (fiddle), Brian Norris (percussion), Bruce Cahill (guitar), and David Lewis (Bass). The band was named by Helen and Scott Nearing based on a stanza from “The Maple Sugar Book”.
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