FOCUS ON FOOD SYSTEMS

We were thrilled to partner with the Cumberland County Food Security Council and other community agencies, to shine a spotlight on the importance of local food systems in combatting food insecurity, reducing food waste, and lessening the impacts of climate change for Greenfest 2017.

 

Maine is blessed with acres of farmland and a series of food networks, connecting people to locally-grown food. In 2017, we were happy to highlight the importance of supporting local farms and food systems.

 

Gleaned Food Exchange!

Do you have extra tomatoes in your garden that you won’t be able to eat? Instead of letting them go to waste, community  members brought them down to Greenfest! We had a designated table to drop off your excess gleaned produce, and some took home other produce from their neighbors. We had bags onsite for you to tote your goods home. This initiative was totally free – no contributions necessary to take home free, locally grown gleaned produce. CCFSC was on hand to explain the importance of sharing excess food, including information about where to drop off all sorts of products – produce, canned goods, and more. To learn about where to drop off extra produce, be sure to contact us.

 

Demonstrations all day!

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was on hand all day, sharing with us their tips and tricks about how to preserve fruit.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection offered expert guidance and demonstrations on how to start composting in your own backyard.

 

Smoothie bike!

Greenfest was equipped with a fully functioning smoothie bike – a retrofitted bicycle with a blender attached. Attendees pedaled their way to smoothie goodness! Using only reclaimed produce, of course.

 

We’re thankful for the following organizations who helped us to shine a spotlight on food systems resilience and food insecurity at Greenfest 2017:

 

Organizing Partner: Cumberland County Food Security Council

Cumberland County Food Security Council is a collaboration of the key organizations committed to food security in Cumberland County. We believe enough healthy food for everyone is, not only a right, but, achievable. Our primary shared goal is to solve hunger. Together and separately, Council members work each day to create food secure communities. We strategize to make the most impact with our shared knowledge and resources. We work to expand the circle so it includes those marginalized by a failing economy and everyone motivated to create food justice. We know that our individuals efforts will not lead to sustainable change. We are stronger and more effective together.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for protecting and restoring Maine’s natural resources and enforcing the state’s environmental laws. The mission of the DEP is to preserve, improve and prevent diminution of the natural environment of the State. The Department is also directed to protect and enhance the public’s right to use and enjoy the State’s natural resources. The Department administers programs, educates and makes regulatory decisions that contribute to the achievement of this mission. It makes recommendations to the Legislature regarding measures to prevent, minimize and eliminate environmental pollution; issues licenses; initiates enforcement actions; and provides information and technical assistance. The DEP serves as the main link to the federal government on environmental issues and administers some federal programs. Working with the general public, legislators and state and municipal agencies, department staff implement environmental laws and programs.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is a part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. We have a network of county and state based offices staffed by experts who provide practical, locally-based solutions for farmers, small business owners, kids, parents, and consumers in the Maine Food System and 4-H. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain, and grow the food-based economy in Maine.

Master Food Preserver Volunteers receive 30-hours of hands-on training in food preservation. After successful completion of the program, volunteers serve 20 hours of community service annually, providing public food preservation education in the form of workshops and educational displays.