Hello Maine Gleaners and Friends,
We are happy to announce Maine School Gleaning Month, a partnership between the Maine Gleaning Network members, Maine Farm to School Network, FoodCorps and more!
See the notes to our 9/5/18 planning meeting for Maine School Gleaning Month – https://docs.google.com/
The Maine Gleaning Network needs your support, collaboration and love more than ever. With the more than 20 million lbs of food estimated to be lost in fields each year in Maine, we need to do a better job of supporting farmers, and invest in our future farming economy, by educating the generations that will inherit the food-based economy we create today. That is why we are focusing on Schools: the heart of our communities, where the best food in plentiful quantities should always be available. And why not? Our neighbors are growing it all around us.
To demonstrate how much more food we could be getting locally, and how your students, and children’s vote can count, we are delighted to invite small school groups out to glean this year to achieve the following goals:
Increase visibility of the incredible work farms do to feed our communities
Connect schools, students and families to the sources of their local food
Engage school pantries and share tables in accessing locally gleaned produce
There might even be a tasting (or few) as we engage new partners in the next few weeks, and an event or two where we can share a cocktail. Stay tuned!
Please help us spread the word, receive our emails with joy and get in touch with us via by visiting our website www.mainegleaningnetwork.org – still being updated!