Maine and New England

Maine Food Strategy works throughout Maine and New England with groups dedicated to improving how food systems work for people, communities, and the environment. Below are some of the networks we work closely with to make connections and advance shared goals. 

Food Solutions New England

FSNE is organized to support the viability of a New England food system that is a resilient driver of healthy food for all, racial equity, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.

FSNE works across New England to build relationships and identify areas of collaboration among organizations and sectors. Maine Food Strategy is a member of the Network Team, and 'Farms, Fish, and Food Policy Platform' project committee. Maine Food Strategy staff have also served as Maine delegates to past FSNE New England Food Summits, and on the selection committee for the Maine cohort of FSNE’s Network Leadership Institute.  
 

New England State Food Planners Community of Practice

The NE COP is comprised of organizations from each New England state involved in state-level food systems planning, policy, and collaborative projects. Each organization involved have each taken a unique approach to planning and coordination yet have collectively identified similar goals and objectives. The NE COP meets virtually and in-person several times a year to share challenges, successes, and collaborate regionally on projects spanning state lines. Recently the NE COP has worked to implement an evaluation framework called Results-Based Accountability (RBA) across the work of individual states in the New England region. Find more information about the results of that work in the Network 2.0 page and Framework Goals

New England State Food Planners Community of Practice retreat

 

Maine Network of Community Food Councils

The MNCFC’s mission is to “increase the capacity of local level food systems efforts through collaboration, coordination and resource sharing, resulting in sustainable, sovereign food systems across the state of Maine.”

Maine Food Strategy participates in monthly network meetings, and helps to plan and present at the group’s Annual Summit. MNCFC has been a catalyst and partner in developing the Network 2.0 process, and continues to be a strong champion of network-building and an important partner to many MFS endeavors.