The Maine Food Strategy is Off and Running! (Don’t get left behind!)
We’ve researched the many ways that food system planning has happened in the past (in Maine and in lots of other places) so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past. We’ve enjoyed the wisdom of a superlative Process Design Committee made up of businesses, individuals and organizations from around the state who have a stake in our food system. This creates a solid foundation for a collaborative statewide effort.
We’ve established core values around transparency, inclusivity and participatory engagement in our future statewide food system and economy. Dozens of interviews, meetings, presentations, feedback requests and site visits have been logged.
Now a Steering Committee is emerging, a Research Committee is tackling tough questions and the bones of working groups and working “links” to existing efforts are forming. Our communications and social media engine are firing up…
Strengthening the existing network of food system participants, bridging the gaps in that network, convening all parties in various ways to agree on shared goals and work plans, and charting a strategic course to a thriving food future for Maine is a really big job. This can only be done in a truly collaborative and cooperative way.
We invite businesses, farmers, fishermen, agencies, investors, non-profits, consumers and others to join together in charting a course for the future of Maine’s food future and food economy.
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