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.
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 …
Posted in Agriculture, Economic Development, Fisheries, Food Policy, Food Safety, Food Security, Food Systems, Networks
Tagged #MaineFoodWorks, agriculture, economic development, fisheries, food systems, maine food sytem, seafood
At this year’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum, our panel of seafood industry experts shared intriguing facts. Did you know…
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.…
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Tagged agriculture, Buy Local, Buy Maine food, fisheries, food policy, maine food news, seafood
We are delighted to offer this guest post from Monique Coombs, a fisheries-focused member of The Maine Food Strategy team.
by Monique Coombs
Seafood 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 …