Category Archives: Economic Development

Oct. 29: Healthy Food For All Meeting

The Healthy Food For All subcommittee invites all interested parties to attend its third meeting for a focused discussion on activities for moving Maine Healthy Food For All Goaltowards a goal of expanding access to healthy food for people in Maine.

No worries if you haven’t attended a prior meeting. Your input is important and needed!

Date: October 29, 9:30 a. – 12 p.m.
Location: Muskie School, University of Southern Maine
FMI: Contact Sandy Gilbreath

RSVP requested by October 26.

Attention! Deadline Extended to July 10

Maine Food Strategy logoDue to summer vacations and the Fourth of July holiday, the Maine Food Strategy is extending the deadline for nominations to its Steering Committee.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 10, 2015.

Nominees should be able to commit to serving a two-year term, participating in monthly Steering Committee meetings and assisting with at least one of four subcommittees focused on the initiative’s goal areas. Steering Committee members serve as individuals only, and not representatives or agents of any funding source, employer or other organization.

In 2015, the Steering Committee has identified several critical gaps in its makeup and …

July 10: Healthy Food For All Meeting


The Healthy Food For All group’s May meeting attracted many engaged, passionate individuals from across Maine. What a positive first step!Healthy Food For All Goal

The  Healthy Food For All goal group will meet again to review revised goal language that incorporates feedback from the first gathering. No worries if you didn’t attend the initial meeting. Your input is important and needed!

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP so the group can plan accordingly.

Date: July 10, noon – 2:00 pm
Location: Natural Resources Council of Maine
3 Wade Street, Augusta
FMI: RSVP by June 30 to Sara Trunzo


Developing Four Food System Goals


Our Steering Committee has formed subcommittees focused on four broad goal areas that seem likely to affect the greatest number of other leverage points within the system. These goals are in draft form and may evolve through thoughtful discussion, respectful feedback and input from invested volunteers.

We’ve listed each draft goal, a current snapshot of activity and contact for more information.

Economic Development SubcommitteeEconomic Development 
Maine Is Recognized For Having a Food System That Promotes Economic Development Opportunities And Builds Lasting Livelihoods.

The Economic Development Subcommittee is hosting its first meeting June 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Kennebec …

Economic Development’s June 15 Meeting


Individuals who are interested in local food systems or who contribute to food access work in Maine are invited to engage in the further development of one of the four Maine Food Strategy goal areas:

Economic Development GoalEconomic Development Subcommittee

“Maine is recognized for having a food system that promotes economic development opportunities and build lasting livelihoods.”


The Economic Development subcommittee will host its first meeting Monday, June 15. The group will discuss ideas generated so far to support economic development in Maine’s food system.

*All interested participants are asked to email us prior to the meeting to receive copies

Healthy Food For All


Individuals who are interested in local food systems or who contribute to food access work in Maine are invited to engage in the further development of one of the four Maine Food Strategy goal areas:

Healthy Food For All Goal

Healthy Food For All Goal

“Maine has a food system that makes healthy food accessible and affordable to all residents.”


Please join us for a brief update on Steering Committee work to date, including some food access related data gathering and a deep dive into the Healthy Food For All goal area.

Lunch will be provided. Meeting location and details to follow.


Short and Sweet: Maine Maple Season

Maple syrup is not just for pancakes?

How Will Winter Impact Maple Syrup?
Maine’s 2015 maple syrup season may be a bit shorter, but it’s guaranteed to be sweet. The Maine Maple Producers Association (MMPA) anticipates a later start to the tapping process due to this year’s extremely cold and snowy winter.

Maine Maple Sunday Is a Go: March 22, 2015
Not to worry – sugarhouses and commercial operators across the state are gearing up for maple syrup season and its signature event, Maine Maple Sunday, March 22rd. Producers will demonstrate how maple syrup is produced, from boiling down the sap to processing and bottling it within …

10 Ways to Eat More Maine Food in 2015

Check out these ways to support our Maine farmers, fishermen and food producers.

Incorporate one, two or all of these ideas in 2015!

Plan meals by season
1) Plan meals around foods that are in season.
Seasonal Food Guide

2) Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm or Community Supported Fishery (CSF) to enjoy local, fresh food year-round while supporting Maine farmers and fishermen. 
FMI: Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

3) Buy fish and shellfish with the “Gulf of Maine” label and patronize restaurants that serve locally caught or farmed fish products. 
FMI: Gulf of Maine Research Institute
FMI: Maine Aquaculture Association

January 2015 #MaineFoodWorks Events

Next Steps: Your Ideas & Feedback

This January we’ll be looking for your feedback on emerging priority areas, and what we’re hearing businesses and communities want to see in Maine’s food system.

Come see us at an upcoming event, or watch for information on an online survey that will be available mid-February.

Draft Maine Food Strategy Goals

Thank you to each and every member of the Steering Committee for the past year’s dedication and vision to plant the seeds for the future of the Initiative.

Maine Agriculture Trades Show
January 13-15, 2015
Augusta Civic Center

Maine Farm Bureau & Northern Maine Development Commission
January 20, …

Common Ground Country Fair Photos

This past weekend, the Maine Food Strategy attended the Common Ground Country Fair and what a productive, educational experience it was.

Take a tour, courtesy of MFS Co-Director Barbi Ives!

Morning Crew on the road

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Thank you to those who stopped by the booth to learn more about the initiative, to ask questions and find ways we can connect.