2:00 PM14:00

Winter Garden Workshop – Growing More Crops in Less Space

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Winter Garden Workshop

Growing More Crops in Less Space

~ 2018 Garden Fundraiser ~

Author, “Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening” and Director, Scatterseed Project

Even if you have unlimited space, why waste fertility, water, labor and other inputs on a large area when you can get as much or more from a smaller space? Will Bonsall discusses greater use of the third dimension (with tall crops, trellises, etc.), plus wide beds, companion planting, living mulches, season extending, nursery plots, and more to help you produce more on the  same garden footprint.

Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening will be available for purchase at this event.

From Mother Earth News:

Longtime Maine farmer and homesteader Will Bonsall possesses a unique clarity of vision that extends all the way from the finer points of soil fertility and seed saving to exploring how we can transform civilization and make our world a better, more resilient place.

In Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening, Bonsall maintains that to achieve real wealth we first need to understand the economy of the land, to realize that things that might make sense economically don’t always make sense ecologically, and vice versa. The marketplace distorts our values, and our modern dependence on petroleum in particular presents a serious barrier to creating a truly sustainable agriculture.

For him the solution is, first and foremost, greater self-reliance, especially in the areas of food and energy. By avoiding any off-farm inputs (fertilizers, minerals and animal manures), Bonsall has learned how to practice a purely veganic, or plant-based, agriculture—not from a strictly moralistic or philosophical perspective, but because it makes good business sense: spend less instead of making more.

What this means in practical terms is that Bonsall draws upon the fertility of on-farm plant materials: compost, green manures, perennial grasses, and forest products like leaves and ramial wood chips. And he grows and harvests a diversity of crops from both cultivated and perennial plants: vegetables, grains, pulses, oilseeds, fruits and nuts—even uncommon but useful permaculture plants like groundnut (Apios).

In a friendly, almost conversational way, Bonsall imparts a wealth of knowledge drawn from his more than 40 years of farming experience. “My goal,” he writes, “is not to feed the world, but to feed myself and let others feed themselves. If we all did that, it might be a good beginning.”

After graduating from the University of Maine in 1971, Waterville native Will Bonsall moved to a piece of run-out farmland in the hills of Industry Maine, where he began growing much of his own food. He soon expanded into producing his own fertilizer and crop seed. After discovering the wealth of traditional, or “heirloom” varieties found in his community and around the region, he started the Scatterseed Project to collect, propagate, maintain, and distribute seeds of various crop plants, particularly those which are endangered, or which are hard to obtain through usual commercial sources and those crops which are especially suitable for self-reliant lifestyles. 

He was the largest single lister in the Seed Savers’ Exchange from its beginning 30+ years ago until a few years ago when he and a number of others left that organization and founded the Grassroots Seed Network, a democratically-run network of seed savers.

Over the past four decades he has maintained over 5000 plant varieties, supplying tens of thousands of samples to gardeners, farmers, USDA collections, university breeding programs, missionaries and Peace Corps and AID workers. Many of his offerings have found their way into commercial seed catalogs as far away as Tasmania.

Will Bonsall, director of the Scatterseed Project, is best known for his work in preserving crop diversity. His past occupations are as varied as his seed collection and includes draftsman, prospector, hobo, gravedigger, logger, musician, language teacher, and artist, among others. In addition to farming and seed saving, Bonsall is the author of the futuristic eco-novel, “Through the Eyes of a Stranger,” and a book on sustainable gardening and farming, recently released by Chelsea Green Publishers, called “Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening”, which will be available at the event for anyone wishing to purchase a signed copy.

This event is one of the Land Trust’s Winter Gardening Workshops, a part of our Tom Settlemire Community Garden. The Workshops are a wonderful opportunity each winter to learn from master gardeners through practical lectures and hands-on training. Gardeners of all levels can improve their skills.

The workshops focus on organic gardening methods and provide information about topics such as choosing plant varieties, starting seedlings, permaculture, the  use of native plants, soil enrichment and mulching, gardening in small spaces, and controlling common pests and disease.

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8:30 AM08:30

Maine Community Food Council Summit 2018: Building Powerful Food Networks

2018 Summit Details - For more information about the Summit and to register, click here.

Three sessions will focus on networking:

8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome & Opening Session
9:45-11:00 1st Morning Workshops:
-Network Design: Sharing is at the heart of networks
-Food System Metrics
-What’s the Story with Food Recovery? Gleaning and Composting
11:15-12:30 2nd Morning Workshops:
-Network 2.0: Statewide Food System Coordination
-Community Education & Engagement Strategies
-Food Council Values/Charters
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Afternoon Workshop:
-Network of Networks
-Open Space: collect topics through lunch
3:00 How can the Network Grow in 2018
3:45 Evaluations
4:00 Wrap up
**Event will be at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.


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6:30 PM18:30

Beyond the Bow Public Forum

Beyond the Bow Public Forum: Amassing over 200 hours of interviews, the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association has compiled an in-depth needs assessment of Harpswell's vastly diverse and resilient fishing community. Once completed, the final report Beyond the Bow, will be available for local, regional, and state resources to be developed and modified to better support the fishing community as it continues to grow and adapt.

Join us for our final report public forum. Where we will invite the community members of Harpswell, participants of the needs assessment, and partners to listen and engage with the data we collected.

Cundy's Harbor Community Hall | 6:30 PM

For more information, click here.

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8:30 AM08:30

Growing Farm Friendly Communities

Current & New Tools to Support Farms in Your Town

Co-hosted by GrowSmart Maine and Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative and in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust.

Building on the success of our January farm friendly communities forum in Windham, we are again offering a discussion of these important topics from local and state leaders in Bowdoinham in March.

Hear community & municipal leaders share policy approaches and practical ideas for ways communities and farmers can benefit from working together. Maine’s food system and local food movement are growing and provide unique economic and community development opportunities in rural and suburban areas. Attendees will come away knowing how to enable their community to work together with current and future farmers to protect and build on Maine’s agricultural heritage and potential. Our panel of experts will share how you and your hometown can welcome and retain small agricultural businesses.

Stephanie Gilbert, Farm Viability & Farmland Protection Specialist with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry will moderate this panel discussion, followed by ample time for audience Q&A, networking, and connecting directly to available resources.


  • Adam Bishop, Farmland Protection Program Director, Maine Farmland Trust
  • Sally Harwood, Co-Chair Agriculture Commission, Town of Winslow
  • Rod Melanson, Planning Director, Town of Topsham


  • 8:15 Registration, Networking, Light Breakfast & Coffee
  • 8:45 Welcome & Panel Presentations
    • Current Use Tax Programs
    • Easements & Other Conservation Options
    • Form-Based Code Approach to Creating Space for Agriculture
    • Topsham’s Local Farms-Local Food Initiative & Other Programs
    • Agriculture Commissions, the What & How
    • Voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program (VMFSP)
  • 10:30 Audience Question & Answer
  • 11:00 Program Concludes; Additional time to explore available resources


Active Farmer – $10
BCDI & GrowSmart Maine Members – $15
General Public – $25

Please register online at this link so we know you are coming!

You can pay with a credit card at the time of online registration or simply RSVP online and bring cash or check payment with you to the event.

Online Registration available until 4p Monday 3/12. Day-of registration is available, space permitting. Cash, Check & Credit Card accepted.

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2:00 PM14:00

Winter Garden Workshop – Beyond the Apple: Tree Crops for Maine

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust: Winter Garden Workshop

Beyond the Apple: Tree Crops for Maine

Tree crops can be amazing sources of nutrition, flavor and beauty in our surroundings.  Uncommon tree varieties are among the most useful, interesting and easy-to-grow. Learn about a selection of species and their basic care and maintenance.

 $5 suggested donation at the door

Aaron Parker is the owner of Edgewood Nursery, specializing in unusual edibles, including minor fruits, medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables and permaculture plants; and Edgewood Landscapes focusing on edible landscapes and sustainable practices.

This event is one of the Land Trust’s Winter Gardening Workshops, a part of our Tom Settlemire Community Garden. The Workshops are a wonderful opportunity each winter to learn from master gardeners through practical lectures and hands-on training. Gardeners of all levels can improve their skills.

The workshops focus on organic gardening methods and provide information about topics such as choosing plant varieties, starting seedlings, permaculture, the  use of native plants, soil enrichment and mulching, gardening in small spaces, and controlling common pests and disease.


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9:00 AM09:00

Local Food, Local Hunger: A Community Forum on Food Security in Lincoln County

When: Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (Snow date: March 10th)

Where: The Center for Environmental Education at Chewonki (485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset)

What: A forum to engage community members in a dialogue on securing healthy food for all while improving Maine's food system. An opportunity to network with others who care about this vital issue.

Register at:


  • Early Bird Registration (until Feb 20): $15
  • Standard Registration: $25
  • Scholarships are available (contact 

   Registration covers lunch and snacks for the day 

Topics: This year's theme--Food is Medicine: Food

Security and Health--will focus on the connections between nutrition and well-being and initiatives like prescriptions for local produce that link the healthcare community with food security efforts. Sessions will also include senior and childhood hunger, nutrition education, food security in local schools, gleaning, how to utilize social media, and more.

For more information:  Email:; Call (207) 882-4080

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8:30 AM08:30

Maine Farm to Institution Summit

Maine Farm to Institution Summit Objectives:

  • GATHER farmers and food producers, food service operators, advocates, educators, administrators, and others dedicated to cultivating the power of institutions

  • DEVELOP an equitable and resilient Maine food system

  • INSPIRE and energize the network through sharing best practices and innovative strategies; enhancing network capacity through skill building

  • STRENGTHEN collective impact by engaging food producers, educators, decision makers, leaders, and policymakers in shared problem solving

(Snow date: February 12th.)

For more information, click here.

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6:00 PM18:00

SEED: The Untold Story

Featuring Industry, Maine’s Will Bonsall, founder of the Scatterseed Project.

As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, the documentary SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy.
The film is 94 minutes.

Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 6:00 PM
Local Farmers and seed collectors will have tables at this event.

See Trailer at:

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Contact: Joyce Schmitt 207-725-5242 x219 |


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12:00 PM12:00

Slow Money Maine Gathering

Slow Money Maine continues to share the exciting stories of the food producers and businesses in our state as well as valuable information about services and projects underway in the non-profit sector through our gatherings at the Christ Church in Gardiner, Maine. Our gatherings are from 1-4 pm. Additional pre-meeting focus groups on topical themes will be offered between 12-1 pm. This month's pre-meeting focus is on gleaning!

For more information, click here.

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9:00 AM09:00

Grow Smart Maine Forum: Growing Farm Friendly Communities

How to create municipal agricultural commissions & other tools to support farms in your town

Hear community & municipal leaders share policy approaches and practical ideas for ways communities and farmers can benefit from working together.

Stephanie Gilbert, Farm Viability & Farmland Protection Specialist with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry will moderate this panel discussion, followed by ample time for audience Q&A and networking.


  • Bud Benson, Town Planner, Town of Standish
  • Mark Hews, President, M. E. Hews and Company, LLC
  • Rod Melanson, Planning Director, Town of Topsham
  • Kate Newkirk, Co-Chair, Town of Winslow Agriculture Commission
  • Matt Randall, Agricultural Compliance Supervisor, DACF

For more information, click here.

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to Jan 11

Ag Trade Show

Mark your calendars! The 2018 Agricultural Trades Show will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on January 9th-11th, 2018.

The State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show takes place every January and serves as a source for agricultural resources and products. Producers and consumers alike visit this three day show to take stock of current programs, new technologies and to gather information on the agriculture industry. This show is sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and provides promotion opportunities for businesses and organizations on the trade show floor, but also houses various lectures, certification courses and annual meetings throughout its duration. The event has activities geared towards promoting industry collaboration and progress.

2018 Agricultral Trades Show Program (PDF 8.88MB)

Learn more here...

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6:00 PM18:00

Awarding-winning Chef Barton Seaver Book Signing & Discussion for New Book

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and the Merrymeeting Food Council welcome renowned chef and author Barton Seaver to the Curtis Memorial Library on December 20th at 6:00 PM to discuss his latest book, American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea.

A book for foodies, anglers, cooks, and history buffs, American Seafood is the essential guide to more than 500 species, as well as a riveting history of one of our country’s most iconic industries. Through essays and curated artwork, Seaver supplies a refreshing, fascinating, and timely social history of our maritime nation, built upon the bounty of America’s oceans and fueled by the dreams of generations of immigrants.

“This book is written as a celebration of the heritage of one of this nation’s most charismatic industries. When we acknowledge why fisheries were so important in our history, we can begin to understand why they are so important to us still as a society and as citizens. When we study and understand our past, we’re better able to appreciate the efforts of organizations, such as MCFA and MFC, who work to ensure that this legacy endures.” explains Seaver.

The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has participated in the Merrymeeting Food Council since 2015.  The Food Council is dedicated to identifying new and innovative ways to include seafood and fishing in its work and conversations.

“MCFA is an advocate for Maine’s community-based fishermen. Learning and talking about new ways Mainers can access seafood right here is important to both consumers and harvesters. With the Food Council, we are striving to encourage more Merrymeeting area residents to seek out, and learn about, Maine’s fishermen and their bounty. Events like this help to elevate that conversation and provide a great opportunity for learning,” says Monique Coombs, MCFA Director of Marine Programs.

The Fishermen’s Association and MFC welcome those interested in learning more about the culture of seafood and how consumers can make an impact locally in the unfolding history of Maine’s fishing heritage. This book signing and discussion are free and open to the public. Copies of American Seafood will be available onsite for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to MCFA and MFC.


Event Contact

Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Resources | (207) 807-5539

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9:00 AM09:00

Glean with a Friend

The Merrymeeting Gleaners invite you to “Glean with a Friend,” as part of the First Annual Maine Gleaning Week. Gleaners harvest and collect surplus produce from farms and farmers’ markets for re-distribution.  The Merrymeeting Gleaners distribute donated produce to soup kitchens, food pantries, Head Start and WIC programs, and low-income housing communities in nine communities from Richmond to Bath. Thanks to the generosity of Six River Farm in Bowdoinham, current gleaners and their friends – and anyone who would like to meet new friends and do some gleaning! – will harvest as many vegetables as possible on the eleventh. The produce will provide meals for midcoast Maine’s hungry children, elders, and all in need in the winter months. Cider, doughnuts, and information about future gleaning activities will be available to all who participate. Please contact the Gleaners at, since space is limited and carpooling to the farm will be arranged.

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to Nov 13

NESAWG: It Takes a Region Conference

North East Sustainable Agriculture Work Group:


NESAWG's conference draws together practitioners and professionals across the Northeast working to transform the region's food system. Make sure you're among them! 

Preconferences — Nov 10
Conference — Nov 11 + 12

Hartford Hilton — Hartford, CT

farmers + farmworkers + students + professors + journalists + scientists + food justice advocates +  food hub managers + market innovators + regional planners + USDA representatives + NGO leaders + land grant university educators + food system practitioners + local government...YOU!

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to Nov 12

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's "It Takes a Region" 2016 Conference

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Workgroup’s (NESAWG) annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food systems practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. Each year, NESAWG looks at the trajectory of the food and farm movement and the role the network can play in shaping its future. NESAWG offers in-depth working sessions that tackle important questions about our regional food system and how to strengthen it, drawing from the collective expertise and wisdom of conference attendees.

To learn about this year's theme and the conference program, please visit NESAWG's event page. 

Click here to register for the event.

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12:00 AM00:00

Apple Gleaning ~ ACTUAL DATE TBA ~



The Merrymeeting Gleaners, on behalf of the Merrymeeting Food Council, have been gleaning vegetables from Six Rivers Farm and the Bath Farmers Market on a weekly basis for several months. The project has donated close to 6,000 pounds of produce to local food pantries and other organizations working to address the problem of food insecurity.

We now have the opportunity to conduct a one-day apple gleaning at Rocky Ridge Orchard in Bowdoinham after the close of season at the orchard. The apples will then be donated to various food pantries and other organizations serving those in need.

At this time we do not have an exact date for the gleaning. We know that it will be around October 31st and should not last longer than a few hours including the time it takes to weigh and deliver the apples. We should have an exact date the third week of October.

At this point we are determining how many potential volunteers we will have to participate in this gleaning. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the attached form (link below). As soon as we have an exact date and time we will reach out to everyone that has completed the form to determine who can commit.

Apple Gleaning Volunteer Interest

Questions? Please contact kellydavis15(at)gmail(dot)com



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5:30 PM17:30

The Botanical Explorer

Joseph Simcox is a World Food Plant Ecologist and Ethnobotanist. He travels the globe to identify the world’s food plant resources focusing on under-utilized crops and wild species.

“As a Botanical Explorer, I am dedicated to sharing my experience of the vast diversity of the plant world with as many people as possible. The future of mankind is inextricably linked to us developing a symbiotic relationship with plants and nature.” ~ Joseph Simcox

The basis of his work is to promote the use and cultivation of plants for food and useful components. His goal is to ensure food security and nutrition for all while developing food systems that mimic nature. Joseph asserts that the identification of wild food plants and their appropriate habitats is the first step to creating sustainable ecosystems.

The Rare Vegetable Seed Consortium’s chief aim is to establish collections of lesser known and sometimes exceedingly rare food plants. Presently there are approximately 14,000 species and varieties in the Consortium’s holdings, and that number is continually expanding.

Survival of biodiversity depends on active growing and seed saving. As Joseph often remarks:

“The best seed bank is the soil in your back yard!”

This is to point out that while formal seed banks do have an important role in safeguarding biodiversity, the most reliable way of ensuring seed viability is to plant year after year. The Consortium works to actively promote season-to-season cultivation, seed saving and sharing of its holdings of rare, non-GMO, heirloom genetic material.

Free! Register HERE:

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11:00 AM11:00

Pride of Bristol Bay Salmon Pickup

Reserve your share of wild-caught Bristol Bay salmon and pickup your share at New Beet Market in Brunswick on Saturday, October 15 from 11-2. The event will include Maine seafood, local beer, music, and wild-caught Bristol Bay salmon.

For any questions, please contact:

Location: New Beet Market, 25 Burbank Ave, Brunswick, ME 04011

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6:00 PM18:00

Maine Coast Fishermen's Association Presents: Dinner with Barton Seaver

Join the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association for a dinner event with Chef Barton Seaver at the Captain Lawrence E. Johnson House on Bailey Island. With a menu featuring locally sourced seafood and produce from Crystal Spring Farm, guests will enjoy the entire cooking experience alongside Barton Seaver as he demonstrates the versatility of Maine seafood bounty. 

All attendees will leave with a signed copy of Barton Seaver's newest cookbook "Two if by Sea." All proceeds will go to Maine Coast Fishermen's Association in order to continue to support Maine's small-boat community-based fishermen. 

Food and beverages to be sponsored by Rising Tide Brewing Company, Green Bee Soda, and Crystal Springs Farm. 

Click here to purchase tickets.


Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar


Captain Lawrence E. Johnson House - 1965 Harpswell Islands Road, Bailey Island, Maine 04003 - View Map

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1:00 PM13:00

Foothills Food Festival

A Celebration in Downtown Norway of Western Maine’s Local Foods Movement. Activities will include a beer garden, workshops, music, food art projects, local foods, and other educational displays.

Learn more:

When: Saturday, August 13th, 1pm–9pm

Where: Downtown Norway, Maine

Rain date is Sunday, August 14th.


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to Aug 5

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teachers Institute

The 2016 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teachers Institute will be held at The University Maine, Machias Campus on August 1 – 5 with 36 contact hours or 3.6 CEU's available for recertification. The week will start with curriculum sessions at the College focused on STEM, Nutrition and higher level thinking for students in regard to agriculture. The week-long workshop will include lessons, online resources and grant opportunities. All participants will leave with armloads of materials and megabytes of technology integrating agriculture into your classes from Pre K – 12th grade.

On Wednesday and Thursday the entire group will tour farms (including wild blueberry), aquaculture facilities, school agriculture programs and Maine Ag based businesses. Teachers will learn more about locally grown foods, their impact on the Maine economy, applications in science, and opportunities to integrate agriculture into the core curriculum.

The cost of the entire week, including meals and all materials and lodging, is only $200 due to sponsorships from the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission, The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, AND the Specialty Agriculture License Plate!

Scholarships are available for $150 based on need (meaning your school's ability to fund), on a first come basis. If applying for a scholarship please send a short request of up to 250 words (including explanation of need, and how you will use the knowledge gained) and your check for $50, which will be returned if you are not granted funding.

To register for this event and/or apply for a scholarship, please visit the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom website.

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6:00 PM18:00

Hook, Line & Dinner

Join the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association in celebrating their 10th anniversary! The event will include a dinner of local seafood, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered here or by calling 207-619-1755.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6-9 p.m. at The Slipway Restaurant in Thomaston. 

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9:00 AM09:00

Food is Medicine Forum 2016

Improving consumption of nutritious, healthy food is a crucial part of providing high quality, cost-effective health care. In this conference, national and local experts will address the link between hunger and health, share the latest research on the high cost of hunger, the impact on seniors and children, and present examples of innovative work taking place in the US and in Maine. 

At this forum, a panel of experts will provide an important discussion on food insecurity in Maine and how it affects:

  • The health and wellness of all, especially children and seniors
  • Healthcare and healthcare costs
  • Food policies and assistance programs

The Food Is Medicine Forum is sponsored by EMHS and is an outgrowth of the system’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health award – a three-year cooperative agreement with U.S. CDC to address determinants of health and prevent chronic disease. EMHS is working with partners in Maine’s seven northern counties to improve access to healthy food, develop successful connections between healthcare providers and community organizations, and build a stronger prevention network. 

Registration is free and required. You can register for this event here. This event will be held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.


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1:00 PM13:00

Making Farm to Institution Work for All

Event Description

Connecting Practitioners to Share Stories and Best Practices to Make Farm to Institution Work For All

This session will be held at St. Joseph's College after a morning session called The Cumberland County Food System Summit  (for more info on Summit, contact Jim Hanna at

This is an afternoon exploring Implementation of Farm to Institution -

What’s happening right now?

How can we grow it together?  

Registration at 12:30 St Joseph Alfond Auditorium


Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar


Saint Joseph's College of Maine - 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, ME 04084 - View Map

To register for the event, please click here.

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8:00 AM08:00

Building Strong Communities with Local Food - Cumberland County Food System Summit

Building Strong Communities with Local Food
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 8:00 am-1:00 pm at St. Joseph’s College, Standish


8:00 Registration Opens

8:30 Welcome
Stuart Leckie, Pearson’s Cafe, St. Joseph’s College
Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust

8:50 Opening plenary: Ken Meter  As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Mr. Meter holds 41 years experience in inner city and rural community food system analysis and planning, including several communities throughout the State of Maine.

     • How a food system works
     • Why the state of your food system matters for your town
     • Applying research to our local food system
     • What we are learning in Lake Region Food Study (with Anne Krieg)

9:50 Networking Break

10:10 Information Sessions: Tools and Techniques to Strengthen Your Community’s Food System (Rotate after each 15-20 minute topic)

     • Food in Planning and Policy Development
     • Buying Local: Food in Economic Development
     • You Don’t Need to Waste That (Food and/or Money) 
     • Paying for Your Community’s Food Projects
     • Data and Advocacy: Using Evidence to Achieve Your Community-based Goals

11:45 Lunch (Local food prepared by Pearson’s Cafe, St. Joseph’s College)

12:00 Lunch Presentation: Jim Hanna
Closing the Hunger Gap with Local Food

12:30 Closing Comments: Cumberland County Food Security Council
How Growing Food Connections can support towns to achieve food system goals

1:00 Transition to Optional Supplimental Workshops

1:00 - 2:30 Optional Supplemental Workshops (held concurrently)

Sustainable Management of Recovered Organics: Mark King, ME Department of Environmental Protection (Reserve your spot through event tickets above.)

Is Your Town Farm Friendly: Stephanie Gilbert & Phil Carey, ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (Reserve your spot through event tickets above.)

Making Farm to Institution Work For All: Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative & the Maine Farm to Institution Work Group (Click here to register for this workshop.)

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9:00 AM09:00

Processing Work Group Meeting with a Focus on the Farm Bill

The Processing Work Group of the Merrymeeting Food Council is focusing their May meeting on impacting the Farm Bill. The group will gather feedback regarding the three following questions:

·        What are the current obstacles/obstructions for processing and value-added?

·        What are your recommendations to address those current obstacles?

·        What are your recommendations for how to adapt or scale down current legislation and/or regulations from large scale processing to small/medium scale processing?

Feedback gathered will be drafted into a policy proposal with the intent of helping to shape the 2019 Farm Bill, with respect with processing opportunities for small and medium scale processors.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5 from 9:00-10:30 am at the Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St, Bath Maine. Directions and a map can be found here.

Registration is not required, but it would be appreciated if you contact Colleen Fuller at if you are planning on attending.

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6:00 PM18:00

"Just Eat It" Movie Screening

The Natural Resources Council of Maine, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP), Curtis Contemporaries, Wild Oats Bakery, Merrymeeting Food Council, and Camden International Film Festival are hosting a community screening and discussion of the documentary, “Just Eat It” on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick.

For more information about the screening and to reserve FREE tickets, please visit the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s website here.

Download a promotional flyer here.

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7:30 PM19:30

The Changing Expectations of Agriculture: Farmers and Consumers Juggling Qualities and Quantities

Have you eaten today? If so, to quote poet and farmer Wendell Berry, you have committed an 'agricultural act'. The landscape and structures of agriculture and the food system are shifting. Farmers and eaters are juggling the quantities of food produced and consumed but are also juggling evolving expectations on the qualities of agricultural production practices and the crops produced. This presentation examines the emerging structural changes in agriculture and the food system and identifies the social, economic, and ecological relationships that impact our land, our communities, and our bodies.

Sarah Lloyd is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and the Director of Development for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative. In addition to her off-farm work, Sarah helps her husband Nels Nelson on the Nelson family dairy farm outside Wisconsin Dells, WI. Sarah represents the dairy farmers of Wisconsin on the National Dairy Board. Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology from the UW-Madison and teaches the Rural Social and Economic Issues course in the UW Farm Industry Short Course. Sarah Lloyd also serves on the Wormfarm Institute Board, an organization working at the intersection of the arts and agriculture.

This event is open to the public free of charge and is being held at Beam Classroom, Kresge Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College. Please view Bowdoin College's event listing here.

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