2017/2018 MEETING SCHEDULE:
2017 SMM MEETING DATES
WEDNESDAYS: 10/4 at Christ Church in Gardiner 1-4pm
11/8/17: November Daylong Gathering in Belfast
2018 SMM Meeting Dates:
Wednesdays: 2018 Jan. 17th, April 11th, Oct. 3rd
SMM Daylong Nov. 14th, 2018
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Recent SMM Buzz
- MOFGA’s Aroostook County Tour
- Alternative Food Production Needs Fresh Bread
- News from Maine Grain Alliance
- CEI Women’s Business Center upcoming Workshops!
- Maine Startup and Create Week
- Farm Business Planning Course
- Portland Food Launch June 22nd
- Business Insider: The Demand for ‘Local’ Food is Growing — Here’s Why Investors Should Pay Attention
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Category Archives: Articles
This New Food Economy article details needs for funding local food businesses and the shift in mind sets required to make it happen. Sarah Smith of Grassland Farms, Iroquois Valley Farms and the Maine Harvest Credit Project are all featured … Continue reading
The New Food Economy – Who’s benefiting from the billions invested in food startups? Not Middle America
A fascinating article about on the failure of Oklahoma City’s Urban Agrarian—and why local food is struggling outside the coastal bubbles — that applies to all local food communities across the country — See full article here.
In late 2016, I founded ‘Collective Commitments’ to support Maine entrepreneurs via a partnership with Kiva. Kiva is a non-profit supporting the vision that “Dreams are universal, but opportunity is not.” Its U.S. program provides 0% interest loans up to … Continue reading
The bad news arrived right around Labor Day. Northern Girl’s customer Whole Foods, which had been buying nearly 3,000 pounds of its fresh harvest medley every week – cleaned, cubed and ready to be roasted and served up in the … Continue reading
Although we sadly acknowledge news of Northern Girl closing its doors, we also want to acknowledge the positive impacts that this processing facility had in Aroostook County and beyond. Farmers, food banks, social service agencies such as Catholic Charities, employees, … Continue reading
SMM article in the Bangor Daily News – “You don’t have to be a farmer to play a role in Maine’s local food scene”
BELMONT, Maine ― When Mike and Christa Bahner, of Bahner Farm in Belmont, had a hoop house collapse under the weight of snow a couple of winters ago, the couple didn’t have time to go through the red tape process … Continue reading
New England’s small-boat scallopers are not just diving and dragging for their catch. They’re driving to change the way it’s managed. “My biggest worry is that we just have a fishery to work on,” says Kristan Porter, 46, a scallop … Continue reading
“Supporters Hope to Organize First-in-the-Country Food and Farming Credit Union” Read the full article here.
With eight thousand plus farms in Maine, New England’s northernmost state is also its most agricultural. Since 2007, agricultural sales in the Pine Tree State have grown an astonishing 24 percent. But before you celebrate, consider this: financing small farms … Continue reading
Sadly, Northern Girl Food Processor has chosen to close it doors and is looking for a suitable buyer for the business. Read full article here.