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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.)