Category Archives: Food Systems

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.

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

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.…

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