Maine Food Summit on December 6, 2013

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, The Maine Food Strategy and several other groups from around the state are collaborating to connect and focus many different parts of our food system.  As part of that effort, you are invited to attend the first Maine Food Summit in Orono on December 6.   You will have the opportunity to network with folks from across Maine, hear about the bigger context of each other's work (such as the New England Food Vision), and then dig into the topics that will guide our food system into the future.  Full details and registration links will be sent out to everyone on this list as soon as we have them available.  In the meantime, feel free to download and share the event flier!

Last month, the Maine Food Strategy invited nominations for its Steering Committee and the response was overwhelming.  More than 60 individuals expressed interest in serving on the committee which will convene later this year to review proposed priorities identified through the past year's research, and to help develop a long-term governance structure for the initiative.  The Committee will be announced in just a few days.

Maine Food Strategy Out and About

Team members from The Maine Food Strategy have recently participated in The Maine Community Food Council Summit, The Maine Farm to School Conference, the Maine Food Producers' Maine Food Means Business Summit  and many other events around the state.
Some Upcoming Events include:


In Other News!

A Reminder about our Research Efforts! With generous support from its Research Committee and staff at the Muskie School of Public Service, the Maine Food Strategy will conduct a study of Maine consumers to collect information on how and where Mainers buy local, what the barriers are to more consumption of locally produced foods, rates of household food production and additional information. Survey results are anticipated for release early 2014. FMI on the survey, contact Amanda Beal, Research Coordinator, at
The Maine State Beekeepers Association has purchased a license to show "More than Honey," a documentary about honeybees that explores the factors that are contributing to the extensive die-off of honeybees around the planet. The movie will be available to MSBA's local chapters to share and show around the state. On Friday, October 4, the movie was screened at USM, hosted by the Sacopee Valley and Cumberland County Beekeepers' Clubs. Over 80 people attended, and the movie was well received. An article was written about it a few  days before in the Portland Sun Journal. Contact the MSBA for more information.

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The Maine Food Strategy is an initiative to create a broader and more strongly connected network of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals contributing to the food system in Maine. The initiative seeks to convene a statewide participatory process that will identify and advance shared goals to support a robust food economy and a thriving natural resource base in our state.

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