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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

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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

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.…

#MaineFoodWorks Fall 2014 Tour

 

A Day in Your Life

Photo: Bridget Besaw

#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 …

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

We sat down with Courtney Bourns, Senior Program Officer to hear why developing food systems regionally is a priority for the Henry P. Kendall Foundation based in Boston.

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

MFS: We are hearing more about food systems, the term used to describe all the factors that go into feeding a population. What opportunities do you see in 2014 for programs and people working toward these goals?

CB: From my perch at a funding organization, I have a broad perspective within the region, and I see 2014 as an exciting year ahead, offering tremendous opportunity …

News Flash: Seafood is Actually Food (and Part of our “Food System”)

We are delighted to offer this guest post from Monique Coombs, a fisheries-focused member of The Maine Food Strategy team.

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by Monique Coombs

IMG_5906Seafood is part of a food system, but it is often not included in local food system discussions, usually simply because it is overlooked, or perceived as not easily accessible.  In Maine, we are trying very hard not only to include it in our Maine Food Strategy, but make it an integral part of the process, planning, and future action around strengthening our food system and food-based economy.

It’s unfortunate that seafood has not become more …