#MaineFoodWorks 2014 Fall Tour Dates

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#MaineFoodWorks Fall 2014 Tour: Making Connections 

This fall we are on the road, asking questions and seeking input from Mainers across the state. The feedback is helping to frame the wide range of issues that comprise our food network. Issues like:

  • Can you suggest ways to strengthen Maine’s larger farms?
  • Do you have an opinion on food hubs?
  • Is there a piece of equipment or technology we need here in Maine?
  • Do you know of a community model that you could share?

After talking with hundreds of Mainers at presentations and events, it's clear there are more people and regions of the state we can connect with, to give them an opportunity to share their perspectives on what Maine’s food economy needs most.  

What's missing? You tell us! Come to an event or drop us an email. Together, we'll create a stronger, more unified Maine food network.

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit #MaineFoodWorks Fall 2014 Tour online.

Share Your Voice: Click Here to Email Your Ideas and Suggestions!

We'd like to thank Steering Committee members, Heron Breen and Ben Martens who joined us at the Common Ground Fair this past weekend. 

Click here to view a slide show from the Fair

Finding Common Ground 

At the Common Ground Fair, we spent three days at a table with two huge pads of paper, collecting input.

We asked farmers, fishermen, service providers, and consumers what opportunities and barriers they see for the local food economy in Maine. 

Here is a sampling of their ideas:
  • New financial models that respect the nature of farms’ equity structures
  • Educate people to eat seasonally
  • More processing for local foods – there used to be corn shops and creameries in every town
  • Fund coordinators at the state level, to encourage and support local wholesalers to buy local
  • Strong labeling – e.g. GMO, high fructose corn syrup, etc – at point of sale. Include place of origin
  • Educate people to grow their own food and fix meals from scratch
  • Roll back federal litigation and licensing in areas that affect farming and fishing
Do you have an idea? Send it along by email at


A Day in Your Life - Photo Deadline Approaches!

Herding sheep. Packing flounder. Planting vegetables. Hauling lobsters.

We asked, "What does a day in your life working in Maine's local food and seafood economy look like?" and these were a few of the answers!

Did we hear from you?

Show us what a day in your life working, growing, hauling and herding looks like. 

Deadline for submitting photos: October 3, 2014. Email photos to or tag them at #MaineFoodWorks.

We hope to see you at the
Envision Maine Summit in
Freeport this Friday.

Best regards,

Barbi Ives & Tanya Swain
Maine Food Strategy

In our last eNewsletter, we misidentified Dana Morse in our photo of the Steering Committee. Our apologies!

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