Category Archives: Research

Consumer Survey Report: What’s Next?

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.


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 …

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 …

Draft Legislative Report

The Maine Food Strategy’s Research Committee presents a draft report summarizing the food-related bills introduced during the 1st session of the 126th Maine Legislature and their outcome.

This formidable and informative summary is the work of two members of the Maine Association of Non-Profit’s Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Institute, Gianna Short and Sarah Randall.

Click on the following link to download the draft report:
Draft MFS 12-6-13 Legislative Report

What Do We Know? What Don’t We Know?

download (1)Good information leads to good decisions, right?  Bad information (or lack of information) leads to… well, it depends.

The Research Committee here at The Maine Food Strategy have been busy setting up a scope of work to figure out what we already know, what data and research “gaps” exist, and how we can move forward to leverage the power of good information in service to Maine’s food system.

Check out the full details of what the Research Committee is up to and how you can get involved (if good data is your thing:).

Research Committee page