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The "Good Things in Maine" Campaign:
Each month the Maine Food Strategy will be highlighting a program, organization, or event that represents the positive changes and good work happening throughout the state in Maine's food system. This month: A social media celebration.

Farmers’ markets across the state are preparing to celebrate Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week, August 7-13th. The event is part of National Farmer’s Market Week, developed by the USDA as an effort that “…recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities."

In Maine, events will include music, children’s activities, contests, and more. In addition, the event encourages market-goers and organizers to take photos and get on social media to tell the story of their market and show their appreciation. The hashtags #LoveMaineMarkets - #MESnapshotWeek and #FarmersMarketsFeedME will be used to collect all the photos and stories across the state over the entire week long series. Support your local market all summer, support Snapshot Week, and get to snappin’!
  
The soon-to-be-released Maine Food Strategy Framework document identifies statewide activities that can bolster  Maine’s food system. Encouraging farmer’s markets and connecting farmers directly with consumers are just a few of the activities suggested to support farmers expanding their markets and getting more Maine food to Maine people. Find more about the Framework on our website and consider signing onto the network through the Network Pledge. More information on taking the Pledge below.

Help Steer the Maine Food Strategy in 2016/2017!
The Maine Food Strategy Steering Committee is bringing on new members! This group of individuals works together to guide the initiative and shape the direction of the process, as well as engage with subcommittee work that builds upon their interest or expertise.

Among other qualities, Steering Committee members:
  • Serve as individuals, not as representatives of organizations
  • Have experience or expertise in an area of the food system
  • Are team-players and adept at committee work
  • Can commit time to the collaborative work that advances the Maine Food Strategy’s goal areas.
Complete this form to request more information, or send it along to someone you believe would be a good candidate. An official form will be sent to you, as well as available via our website. Send us an email for specific questions.
Take the Pledge!
The Maine Food Strategy is mobilizing partners! The Maine Food Strategy Network Pledge outlines how the network functions and clarifies expectations for those interested in working more closely together to advance our collective goals. 
 
We are looking for partners interested in contributing in one or more of the following ways:
  • Supporting the values of the Maine Food Strategy;
  • Serving on the Steering Committee; 
  • Serving on a subcommittee; 
  • Assisting with a specific activity or project connected to a subcommittee or the larger Initiative; 
  • Providing space or resources to the initiative or its subcommittees to do their work; or,
  • Assisting in organizing or contributing resources to the annual Network Gathering.
Whether you want to actively participate in a subcommittee work group, or just want to give the initiative a thumbs up, follow this link to take the Pledge. Your name will appear on the Maine Food Strategy website with others who have signed onto the agreement.

For details, visit the website or contact us at mfs@mainefoodstrategy.org.
Save the Date! You're Invited! Calendar Alert!
  1. A press conference to announce the release of the Framework document will be held in the Portland-area on Tuesday, August 9 (date subject to change). Come show your support and hear others speak on behalf of the report and the importance of greater collaboration in helping Maine’s food system realize its full potential.
  2. The Maine Food Strategy will hold a series of summer meetings, including an online webinar, to connect people and organizations interested in collaborating around priorities identified in the Framework report. The first of these meetings will be held at Good Shepherd Food Bank, on August 25, beginning at 2pm with a tour of the warehouse facility, and the Framework Implementation meeting at 3-6pm. Specific dates and locations will be released via email, Facebook, and on our website.
  3. Goal Area Subcommittees which met in 2015 and the beginning of 2016 will reconvene this fall to discuss the results of the Summer Implementation meetings, and how to prepare for the annual Network Gathering in December. This date is set for September 22, 2016 in Augusta. All subcommittee meetings will be held this day. See below for specific committees and contacts.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS If your organization has meetings or upcoming conferences, please send them along for inclusion and promotion! Remember: Add your events to the MFS shared calendar on our website. This a great place to promote your event to a wide range of viewers, and create excitement and engagement around food systems work. Care to share?
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