WC Food Summit to be Held March 8th

By Lura Jackson

There will be a food summit held in Machias at the Elm Street School on March 8th featuring a series of workshops from area experts and organizations. The summit will focus primarily on strengthening access to good food for the residents of Washington County, promoting local farms and farmers, and building a network of resources that both community members and farmers can rely upon.

The keynote speaker will be John Piotti of the Maine Farmland Trust, who will be speaking on trends in farming and the work the MFT has been doing and hopes to do in Washington County. Additional topics include attracting and supporting local farmers as well as new methods of storing and distributing food. Members of UMM’s GIS Lab will be on hand to demonstrate the latest innovations in farm data and mapping.

Farm business counseling will be provided on a one-to-one basis for those that pre-register by February 28th (register by contacting Vivian Blatt at vblatt@wccog.net or 454-0465). Any attendees that register by this date will have a local lunch provided to them at the workshop. There is no charge, but the organizers (Healthy Communities Work Team of the GROWashington-Aroostook Initiative, Washington County: One Community and the MFT)  ask that attendees bring a donation for the local food pantry (suggested value of $3-5). 

The summit runs from 8-4. To view the agenda, visit http://gro-wa.org/washington-county-food-summit.