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Save the Date: Dec. 4 Maine Food Strategy Network Gathering


Date:  December 4, 2015
Location: Wells Conference Center, University of Maine Orono

FMI: Contact

Who should attend?

Those who have have participated in subcommittees (Economic Development, Healthy Maine Environment, Healthy Food for All, Vibrant Communities).

Individuals interested in helping to strengthen the network of organizations, individuals and businesses working in or on food systems.

Individuals with specific input on business or economic development, public policy, environmental or social concerns related to the future of food production, food security and environmental sustainability in Maine.…

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.

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 …

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.




#MaineFoodWorks Fall 2014 Tour


A Day in Your Life

Photo: Bridget Besaw

Maine’s Growing Food Industry

MFS Co-Director Tanya Swain

MFS Co-Director Tanya Swain will speak this Friday at the Economic Development Council of Maine’s conference

Maine Food Strategy Co-Director Tanya Swain will address attendees at the Maine’s Growing Food Industry Conference about the importance of the state’s local farming, food and fishing economy.

MFS Co-Director Swain will speak this Friday, September 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. about the initiative’s goals to develop an inclusive plan that focuses on strengthening Maine’s local food and seafood economies.


She will highlight key findings from MFS work including its recently-released 2014 Consumer Survey Report and share the role MFS’s Steering Committee

2014 Consumer Survey Report

Click here for the 2014 Consumer Survey Report

We are pleased to share results of The Maine Food Strategy 2014 Consumer Survey Report. Last fall, almost 600 Maine households were asked about their attitudes and buying preferences around locally grown, raised and harvested food. Some findings confirmed assumptions like where Mainers shop, and others uncovered opportunities for education and outreach within the network of organizations working on food-related issues in Maine.


Consumer Survey Briefings
To connect at the local level, Maine Food Strategy members will meet with industry and community leaders to review survey findings, identify common resources and seek …

2014 Consumer Survey Briefings

The 2014 Consumer Survey Report will be shared with industry leaders and communities at briefings held throughout the summer. Maine Food Strategy members will outline results and work with groups to identify opportunities.

Thursday, June 26 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center
208 Bates Street, Lewiston
Co-hosted by St. Mary’s Nutrition Center and the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn

Tuesday, July 8 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Wishcamper Center, Room 102
University of Southern Maine

Wednesday, July 18 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Northern Maine Development Commission
11 Back Road, Caribou…

A Steering Committee Emerging

20130531-124814.jpgRight now in Augusta, members of The Maine Food Strategy “Process Design Committee” is meeting to set the stage for the creation of a formal Steering Committee for this project. The group is discussing and re-calibrating goals and values so that the Steering Committee has a foundation from which to build.

How will Steering Committee members be selected or nominated?  Think you or someone you know should be involved?  Get in touch.…