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"You can't plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind."

- Gordon B. Hinckley


Special Edition: Steering Committee Report

The Steering Committee is a hard-working group of volunteers, dedicated to the goal of strengthening Maine’s food economy, now and into the future
Last January, they began by reviewing past food plans and efforts from Maine and other regions. They wanted to think about what ideas could help Maine, and how they might be implemented in today's changing world. 
With the launch of the Consumer Survey Report in May, the committee hosted three briefings across the state during the summer and fielded questions from interested colleagues and consumers.

This fall, members of the Maine Food Strategy Steering Committee have been talking with people across the state to gain broader input on the priorities a statewide strategy should focus on, and ideas for what we can do to support it.

Crunching the Numbers: US AG Census

In addition to seeking feedback, analyzing current data provides a snapshot into realities those in the agriculture and fisheries sectors face. The last US Census reported that the market value of Maine’s agriculture products increased by 24% over a 5-year period. We’re seeing new farmers, increasing consumer interest and increasing access to Maine produced foods featured in traditional store chains.
Maine Agriculture

It’s a great story but the Ag Census also showed that almost half of Maine farms are relatively small, under 50 acres, the average cost of production increased by 30% (70% for soil inputs and fertilizers) and average annual net income for farms in Maine is around $20,000 – virtually unchanged since 2007.


Maine Fisheries

Fisheries illustrate a similar mix of success and challenge. Lobster harvests have soared in recent years, producing record catches and making up almost 70% of the value fisheries products bring into Maine. But the abundance of lobster and declines in other Maine fisheries have made many families and communities dependent on the future of lobster, a fishery that isn’t expected to continue to produce at current levels.


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

The food system is complex and dynamic

A Maine Food Strategy requires that we acknowledge this complexity, that we be prepared to challenge both what we think is going on, and what we think needs to happen. 

The momentum is building. Engaging diverse perspectives in the conversation takes time, but to see new solutions requires seeing the problems through many different eyes

So, what can you do?

Join the conversation: Email us at

Join us in person: Click here for dates of the #MaineFoodWorks Tour!


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