Steering Committee nominations due June 30

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"While many times food system advocates and environmental advocates have been at odds, the time has come to deliberately work on the issues that unite us, not those that divide us."

- Common thinking voiced at the
Healthy Maine Environment May meeting

Maine's Food System:
Subcommittees are Organizing

The Maine Food Strategy (MFS) Steering Committee has formed subcommittees focused on four broad goal areas and some ‘indicators or levers’ that seem likely to affect the greatest number of other leverage points within the system.

The subcommittees are bringing an ever expanding group of people together to look more closely at the information that has been generated so far.
Which goal do you or your organization connect with? Read on...

Economic Development
Maine Is Recognized For Having a Food System That Promotes Economic Development Opportunities And Builds Lasting Livelihoods.

The Economic Development subcommittee will host its first meeting Monday, June 15th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in Fairfield.

The group will be discussing ideas generated so far to support economic development in Maine’s food system. 

FMI: Email Rosie Vanadestine to learn more or to get involved.

FMI: Connect with the Economic Development Committee

Healthy Maine Environment
 Maine's Food System Relies Upon And Contributes To A Healthy and Resilient Environment.

In February and again in May individuals from across the state gathered to discuss the Healthy Maine Environment goal and to provide input. 

Meeting participants were also updated on the progress of the Maine Food Strategy Steering Committee and in May had the chance to hear a presentation by the Conservation Law Foundation on the work that the Foundation is doing focused on the food system; farms and fisheries.

The Healthy Maine Environment subcommittee will meet again in the fall with any interested parties to look beyond this individual goal area and seek ways to integrate it once again with the MFS’s larger body of work.

Email Deb Burd to learn more or to get involved.
FMI: Connect with the Healthy Maine Environment Committee

Healthy Food For All
Maine Has A Food System That Makes Local Healthy Food Accessible And Affordable To All Residents.

On May 19th, 32 individuals, including representatives from more than 20 farms, hospitals, food pantries, colleges, public health and other support agencies from across the state gathered in Bangor to discuss the Healthy Food for All goal. 

A robust debate about potential approaches and challenges to the goal, as well as questions as to how this goal relates to the entirety of the food strategy provided valuable feedback. This “goal group” discussion builds on survey and interview feedback collected over the past several months and highlighted the connections between food access and other important topics such as economic development, employment, and poverty.

The Healthy Food for All group will meet again in July to review a revised goal statement and dig deeper into potential indicators of change that would demonstrate progress towards achieving the proposed goal.

All interested parties are welcome. We will also be seeking individuals to join our organizing committee.

Email Sara Trunzo to learn more or to get involved.

FMI: Connect with the Healthy Food For All Committee

Vibrant Communities
Communities Recognize The Importance Of Profitable Farms and Fisheries To Their Cultural Heritage, Ecology and Economy.

The Vibrant Communities subcommittee is soliciting input on specific action ideas for how Maine ensures its communities recognize the importance of cultural heritage, ecology and economy.

Email Anne Trenholm to learn more or to get involved.

FMI: Become Involved in the Vibrant Communitees Discussion

Join our Team: Call for Nominees

The Maine Food Strategy seeks nominations to its Steering Committee. Nominations are due June 30, 2015
Nominees should be able to commit to serving a two-year term, participating in monthly Steering Committee meetings and assisting with at least one of five subcommittees focused on the initiative’s goal areas. Steering Committee members serve as individuals only, and not representatives or agents of any funding source, employer or other organization.  
In 2015, the Steering Committee has identified several critical gaps in its current makeup and is particularly interested in:
  • Individuals from northern, Downeast and western Maine
  • Individuals from communities of color in Maine
  • Fishermen and farmers
  • Individuals with connections to Maine’s fishing communities and industry associations
  • Individuals with experience in network organization governance
  • Representation from state government and the private sector
FMI: Request Steering Committee Nomination Information

Dear Friends of the Maine Food Strategy,

We'd like to thank the subcommittee volunteers who are in the midst of very serious outreach.

Please read about this work and learn how you can be a part of this statewide conversation!

Barbi Ives & Tanya Swain
MFS Co-Directors

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