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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 …

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 …

Call for Nominees: Steering Committee

Maine Food Strategy Logo

 

The Maine Food Strategy seeks nominations to its Steering Committee.

Nominations are due Tuesday, June 30, 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 is particularly interested in:

  • Individuals from northern, Downeast and western Maine
  • Individuals from communities of

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.

Date

10 Things We Learned about Seafood

At this year’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum, our panel of seafood industry experts shared intriguing facts. Did you know…

Working waterfront

1) Currently 99% of the scallops people consume are from federal waters; by the time these scallops are landed, some can be a week old.

2) Scallops develop distinct flavors and textures depending upon the merroir, or location from where they grew, similar to how oysters develop. The Maine coast hosts many merriors, and these differentiate Maine’s premium product from others.

3) Maine Dayboat Scallops ships scallops within 24 hours of being harvested and is developing a lucrative market in New York.…

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.
FMI:
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

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

#MaineFoodWorks

Maine’s brand for locally-produced food and seafood is strong and on the rise!

But how does this nutritious, delicious, healthy, food end up on our plates?

What does A Day in Your Life working, growing, harvesting and enjoying Maine’s local food look like?

A Day in Your LIfe

Photo credit Bridget Besaw

Send Us Your Photos! 
From the sea. The field. The barn. A farm stand. The kitchen. What are we forgetting?

We’ll share with our followers to inspire a deeper appreciation for and understanding of Maine’s local food and seafood economies.

Email images to mfs@mainefoodstrategy.org
Tag @MEFoodStrategy and don’t forget to include #MaineFoodWorks

What’s

Consumer Survey Report: What’s Next?

Connecting
We enjoyed connecting with more than 100 people at Briefings held in Lewiston, Portland and Caribou this summer. Thank you to those who came to hear about the Consumer Survey and give us input on which areas you would like more information.

Talking about the survey and connecting resources.
Connecting people and resources at the Lewiston Consumer Briefing.
Portland's Consumer Survey

Group breakout session at the Portland Consumer Survey Briefing

 

Attendees were enthusiastically engaged as they discussed opportunities and challenges.

 


Research
Our next step is to take recommendations back to our Research Team at the Muskie School of Public Service.

Analysts will create a companion synopsis containing …