Maine Resources

Maine Food Atlas

The Maine Food Atlas has been created by the Maine Network of Community Food Councils, working closely with the Center for Community GIS. The Atlas allows farmers, food entrepreneurs, processors, farm to school groups, food security organizations, and other food-based entities to "put themselves on the map." Called "curated crowd sourcing," users can establish free Maine Food Atlas accounts, which allow them to richly describe their work, load photos, and independently manage their postings over time. Merrymeeting Food Council can help create the listings.

It is designed as a tool to help visualize and organize the food system in Maine.

Through local food asset mapping, community food councils are actively exploring and documenting their regional food systems. This work provides essential baseline information necessary for rebuilding community food systems, assuring greater food security for all, and improving the social, economic, environmental, and health impacts of our food. Download our local food system assessment.

Check out the Maine Food Atlas HERE!

see these examples: 
Alan Day Community Garden
Roberts Farm
Pat Verrill (Harvest Maine Produce)
Cold Spring Ranch


The Maine Network of Community Food Councils' Kickstart Guide

This guide helps individuals and groups engage and mobilize others in their communities to work collaboratively to understand and improve their local food system. This guide also provides information about how to conduct a community food scan.

Download the Maine Network of Community Food Councils Kickstart Guide here.

Learn more about the Maine Network of Community Food Councils HERE.


The Maine Food Strategy is an initiative creating a broader and strongly-connected network of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals contributing to the food system in Maine.

The initiative is convening a statewide participatory process that will identify and advance shared goals to support a robust food economy in our state.

Download the Maine Food Strategy Framework: A Tool for Advancing Maine's Food System
Download the Maine Food Strategy Fisheries Primer

To learn more about MFS click HERE.

University of Southern Maine Food Studies Program

The University of Southern Maine Food Studies Program has brought several good speakers to Maine and is a tremendous resource for growing Maine's food system.

For more information about the program or to see their events, click here.

For example, see this 2017 lecture on food security by Mark Winne, Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.


Food Fuels Learning:

A Portland Public Schools Food Security Needs Assessment 

The product of a year-long, community-driven process, "Food Fuels Learning" is an unprecedented approach to researching and understanding Portland's school food system and food security programming through five key areas: charitable food programs, federal nutrition programs, school gardens, nutrition education, and sustainable food practices. We encourage all members of the school community, and partner organizations that serve schools, to read and share widely these important findings and recommendations. We welcome thoughts, feedback, and collaboration as we move into the next phase of this work: implementing recommendations and launching the "Food Fuels Learning" Campaign. 

The Portland Public Schools Food Security Task Force was created as a project of the Cumberland County Food Security Council, the Portland Food Council and the Portland Public Schools in 2017. For more information or to download the executive summary or full report, see the website.


  • 2017 book - Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities. Download here.

  • 2017 report - Hunger Pains: Widespread food insecurity threatens Maine’s future. Prebble Street and Good Shepard Food Bank. Download here.

  • 2017 report - Unraveling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy, and power relations to build healthier food systems, by International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. Download here.

  • 2015 report - Growing Maine's Food Industry, Growing Maine. Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Download here.

  • 2015 report - Maine Seafood Study. CEI. Download here.

  • 2015 report - Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction. FAO. Download here.

  • 2014 report - A New England Food Vision. Food Solutions New England. Download here.

  • 2014 book - Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day. Leanne Brown. Download here.

  • 2011 report - Global food losses and food waste – Extent, causes and prevention. FAO. Download here.

  • 2011 report - Maine's Food System: An Overview and Assessment. Maine Policy Review. Download here.

  • 2009 report - Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Values Based Planning and Evaluation. Community Food Security Coalition. Download here.