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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.

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.


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.
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

#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

The Buzz about Buying Local

For many beekeepers in Maine, April 15 is not as much Tax Day as it is New Bee Day. Starting April 15th, packages of honeybees arrive to supplement the state’s 8,000 year-round hives. For Maine’s beekeeping community, it heralds the season’s beginning where bees get busy both pollinating crops and producing honey. “Maine’s honey is of the highest quality and no one has trouble selling this product at local farmer’s markets or elsewhere,” said Lincoln Sennett, owner of Swan’s Honey.

Why Buy Local

Today’s savvy consumers embrace the benefits of locally-produced foods for a variety of reasons. “New on the …