About

The Processing Work Group is a group of farmers, processors, municipal officials, and non-profit representatives collaboratively working to address the lack of meat, produce, and dairy processing facilities and opportunities for food producers in the Merrymeeting Bay area.

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Projects

The group has not formally adopted any projects yet. Currently, the Processing group acts as an information network by sharing lessons learned from past processing facility ventures and information about upcoming processing opportunities, and making connections between interested parties. The group is interested in doing some pilot tests of processing produce gleaned by the Merrymeeting Gleaners to extend the availability of healthy produce for our communities.

MEETINGS

The Processing work group meets on a monthly during the winter and spring. The location of the meetings may change periodically. 

To learn more about the group or become involved, please send inquiries to merrymeetingfc@gmail.com.

Members

Andy Lindberg

Ben Tettlebaum

Cheryl Wixson - Cheryl Wixson's Kitchen

David Asmussen - Blue Bell Farm, MFC Steering Committee

Dave Seddon* - Maine Farm to Sea Cooperative

Harriet Van Vleck - MFC Coordinator, Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative

Jan Goranson - Goranson Farm

Jason Lilley - University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Jen Legnini* - Turtle Rock Farm

Jim Amaral - Borealis Bread

John Schreiber - Rosemont Market

John Shattuck - Town of Topsham

Jonathan Merry - Dragonfly Cove Farm/Thyme for Goat

Kris Ganong - Five Pines Farm, MFC Steering Committee

Lee Cataldo - Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, MFC Steering Committee

Mary Turner - Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, MFC Steering Committee

Monique Coombs - Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, MFC Steering Committee

Nate Wildes

Vicki Skydell - Slow Money Maine, MFC Steering Committee

*work group lead