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The New England Food Summit Comes to Maine

Portland, and the Muskie School at USM in particular, will play host to the third-ever New  England Food Summit on June 13 and 14.  Last year a delegation from Maine attended the summit in Burlington and, prior to that, in Portsmouth for the 2011 Summit.

Delegates from all six New England states will  be convening to further the work of sharing information and strategy ideas, collaborating with and learning from one another and, most of all, continuing to explore how New England might strengthen its regional food system and food-based economy into the future.

While our project here in

Vermont: How Will We Measure Local Food Success?

Farm to Plate Strategic PlanOur friends in Vermont, who have been working on the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Plan and Network for several years now, have just released the first peer-reviewed article on how they  might actually measure success toward their food system goals.  Vermont’s plan contains a goal of “doubling local food consumption in ten years.”

Ellen Kahler of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund reports:

“This article relates directly to the development of a methodology for how we are going to track progress on meeting our Farm to Plate Strategic Plan’s Goal #1’s target of moving from 5% to 10% of local food consumption by …

Maine Food System – Round-up of News Stories

Maine lawmakers divided over bill to end fines for lobster bycatch
www.pressherald.com/news/bill-would-loosen-lobster-bycatch-law_2013-05-28.html

Alewives swimming up Maine’s St. Croix River
www.wcsh6.com/news/article/243529/2/Alewives-swimming-up-Maines-St-Croix-River

Local Foods Movement Ushers in New Era in Maine Agriculture
www.mpbn.net/News/MaineNewsArchive/tabid/181/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3475/ItemId/28036/Default.aspx

Farm bills a mixed bag for Mainers
www.pressherald.com/news/farm-bills-two-edged-challenges-_2013-05-20.html

Hired bees play major role in Maine blueberry industry
www.sunjournal.com/news/maine-business/0001/11/30/hired-bees-play-major-role-maine-blueberry-industr/1369584

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Maine Food System – Friday News Roundup

We are starting a weekly post aggregating many of the media stories from around Maine that are related to farming, fishing and food in our state.  While we may not catch them all every week, we will cast our net ever wider in order to share the news with all of you!

See a good Maine food-related news story?  Send it to us for inclusion in our weekly post!

This Week:

 

Maine: Maine Departments of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Expand Funding To Farmers For Resource Protection Projects
www.waterworld.com/news/2013/04/29/maine-maine-departments-of-environmental-protection-and-agriculture-conservation-forestry-expand-fun.html

Maine Potato Growers to close retail stores in Houlton, …

Maine Food Strategy at the 2013 Agricultural Trades Show

Join members of the Maine Food Strategy project this coming Tuesday, January 8th in Augusta Maine at the 72nd Annual Agricultural Trades Show (it’s free to attend)

Most importantly, plan to attend our session from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday morning in the Androscoggin Room to hear about the Maine Food Strategy and how it will accelerate the development of our food-based economic development and achieve results for stakeholders across the state.…

Phase I Coming to a Close!

The project team has been working very hard for the past six months on the first phase of the Maine Food Strategy to lay a solid foundation for the next eighteen months and beyond.  Research, interviews, best practices from other regions, participatory design of a planning process, network-strengthening work and more….

In the next few days we’ll be emailing out a full project update with supporting documentation.  Please subscribe to our email newsletter (link at right) and share information about this project with others.

The Maine Food Strategy team views itself as supporting and facilitating the creation of a statewide …