Invasive green crabs responsible for decimating Maine’s soft-shell clam industry are being investigated for possible culinary purposes. Art conservator Jonathan Taggart, marine biologist Marissa McMahan, and Georgetown lobsterman Chris Jamison traveled to Venice last year to learn the secrets of harvesting green crabs for gourmet dishes.
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The Maine Network of Community Food Councils is hiring! Please help us spread the word.
We are looking for a part time Network Coordinator. The MNCFC Coordinator helps to organize the proliferating network of Maine Food Councils. We’re looking for someone with great communications and organizing skills to help the Network continue to grow. This contract position will be for 10-15 hrs/week with the possibility for increased hours depending on funding.
The Maine Network of Community Food Councils (MNCFC) has a vision for our state to have resilient, vibrant and self-reliant local and regional food systems, so that all Maine communities will have enduring food sovereignty and our citizens will have access to healthy, local food. Our mission is to increase the capacity of local level food systems efforts through collaboration, coordination and resource sharing, resulting in sustainable, sovereign food systems across the state of Maine.
Key Coordinator responsibilities include:
Coordinating network resources & administration
Coordinate fundraising, budgeting and accounting
Organizing Meetings, trainings, and annual Network Summit
Coordinating communication and engagement with other food system partners
Applications are due by September 6th with interviews in mid Sept. and a start date in mid October.
MNCFC Network Coordinator Position Description 8.4.17
This fall the University of Southern Maine Food Studies Program will be hosting a series entitled “Closing Maine’s Hunger Gap: Exploring Myths, Realities, Solutions.”
One in six Mainers and one in four Maine children are food insecure. Hunger is on the rise, and threatens the development of our children, the vitality of our workforce, and the strength of our communities. This series features two nationally recognized experts on poverty and food insecurity who will examine the fundamental causes of poverty and hunger, and who will explore the myths, realities, and proven solutions to this challenge.
October 18th: Donna Beegle
November 15th: Mark Winne
For more information on these events, please visit the Food Studies website:
The Maine Food Strategy summer newsletter is out!
Women’s Business Center – CEI
BETTER RECORDS, BETTER BUSINESS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 | 9-10:30am
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine, 04101, United States
This workshop is designed to address accounting related record-keeping guidelines for small business owners. We will address several questions asked by small business owners, including:
Accounting and TaxRecords: How do I keep track of my income and expenses? How long do I keep records?
Why is record keeping so important? Financial statements and financing.
Payroll- Do I need employees? What do I need to know about payroll and payroll taxes?
Paying Taxes- How do I pay taxes? What are estimated payments? Sales Tax?
Do I need an accountant and/or bookkeeper?
There will be a Q&A following the workshop presentation.
Please Register to Attend
Thanks to Jacob Israelow and Benneth Phelps of Dirt Capital Partners, along with Allison Lakin and Neal Foley of East Forty Farm, for hosting a farm tour and dinner in Waldoboro on July 24th. A cool, rainy day did not diminish the enthusiasm of 20 people who gathered to enjoy familiar and new connections, and savor delicious local food prepared by Neal and Allison! The couple also included the farm’s history and their collaboration with Dirt Capital, CEI, MFT and others, to purchase the farm last October and develop varied enterprises there. Allison has been making Lakin’s Gorges cheese in Rockport for several years and plans to finish building her own creamery on the farm in the next few months. Neal has moved his sawmill business to the farm and is focused on restoring and enhancing fields and forests, with pigs, cows and poultry in the mix. Several organizations and other food system partners from near and far had a special opportunity to meet and deepen their understandings of state and regional collaborations needed to build healthy food systems!
Maine is the newest State to pass a food sovereignty Bill. Read full article here.