PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIDGET BESAW AND MAINE FARMLAND TRUST
The following organizations are providing data and content as a resource for the Maine Food for Thought educational component of the tour and we encourage you to learn more about the important work they are doing to ensure a sustainable future for Maine.
Cumberland County Food Security Council
Cumberland County Food Security Council (CCFSC) is a collaboration of the key organizations committed to food security in Cumberland County. CCFSC believes enough healthy food for everyone is, not only a right, but, achievable. Their primary shared goal is to solve hunger. Together and separately, Council members work each day to create more food secure communities.
Downeast Salmon Federation
Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) has been a fisheries and land conservation organization since 1989. Beginning with the removal of the Pleasant River dam and the renovation of the facility as a hatchery and fisheries research center in Columbia Falls, DSF led the removal of the East Machias River dam and received the National Coastal America Partnership Award. The East Machias site is now home to DSF’s Peter Gray Hatchery for the restoration of Atlantic salmon.
Full Plates Full Potential
Full Plates Full Potential is working to end child hunger in Maine by connecting children to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast, lunch, after school and summer meals. Full Plates Full Potential does this work through their network of non-profits, private citizens, government officials, business leaders, civic organizations, chefs, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Partners work together, implementing proven best practices and awarding grants to remove the barriers that keep kids from healthy food.
Good Shepherd Food Bank
As the largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for Mainers facing hunger by distributing nutritious food to more than 400 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites, and youth programs. Together with its network, the Food Bank leads a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education, and strategic partnerships.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Located in Portland, ME, GMRI is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it.
Maine Farmland Trust
Maine Farmland Trust is a member-powered statewide nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers and advance farming. Since its founding in 1999, the Trust has helped to protect over 60,000 acres of farmland and has provided critical services to over 600 farm families.
Maine Historical Society
Maine Historical Society (MHS) is a growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the Maine Memory Network digital museum. Through February 9, 2019, MHS has a Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here exhibit that tells the Maine food story. Tickets available at their website.
Sodexo’s Maine Course
Sodexo’s Maine Course is Sodexo’s commitment to make a positive economic impact in the state of Maine through the purchase of local products, produce, services and responsibly harvested underutilized seafood. They have four goals: 1.) Increase purchasing of local Maine produce, proteins, and products, 2.) Grow partnerships with our local community, 3.) Develop shared values and bring awareness of Maine products and sustainable practices to our customers in all dining locations, and 4.) Provide Sodexo chefs and managers with the resources they need to expand their local impact.
The Island Institute
The Island Institute works to sustain Maine’s island and remote coastal communities, and exchanges ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.
The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association
The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) is an industry-led nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the community-based, inshore fishermen of Maine. The fishermen who formed MCFA brought together their voices under the common goal of protecting and restoring Maine’s fishing heritage.
The Maine Grain Alliance
The Maine Grain Alliance (MGA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2010 with the mission to preserve and promote grain traditions, from earth to table. MGA promotes beneficial uses for of grain for good health, food independence, and purposeful jobs within viable communities. The Alliance connects people and supports the economic, environmental, and nutritional importance for establishing regional grain economies.
The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine
The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine is dedicated to advancing the Maine wild blueberry industry. Maine is the only state in the US that grows the lowbush wild blueberry on a commercial scale, and the Commission works on behalf of Maine’s 500 growers and processors of Wild Blueberries in the areas of research and education, promotion, and policy. Wild blueberries have grown in Maine for 10,000 years and are not planted. They are smaller, more intensely flavored, and have 2x the antioxidants of regular cultivated (highbush) blueberries. 99% of the crop is frozen within 24 hours of harvest and can be found nationwide in grocery freezer sections.