Are You On the Map?

 Are you a farmer, fisherman, food processor, or an owner/manager of a food-related business? Wherever you fit into Maine’s food system, please join the Washington County Community Food Council and Washington County Council of Governments at one of two “Map-a-Thon” events this March to create, update and/or improve your listing in the Maine Food Atlas, one of Maine’s statewide food resource mapping tools.

 The Maine Food Atlas is a free online marketing tool that can benefit your farm or food-related business.  Growers, harvesters, processors, farm to school groups, food security organizations, and others are invited to use the website and put themselves “on the map.” The Maine Food Atlas, created by the Network of Community Food Councils, working closely with the Center for Community GIS, was first launched in May of 2015 with funding from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. 

Maine Food Atlas “Map-a-Thon” events will be held from 9am to 12pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Axiom Technologies, 3 Water Street, Machias, and on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Washington County Community College in Riverview Hall in Calais.  Participants will create a Maine Food Atlas user profile, or enhance an existing one; add a business description, upload photos, images, brochures or other marketing resources and learn how independently manage their postings over time. 

 The workshops are free, and pre-registration is recommended. No computer experience is required and computers will be available for use; participants may opt to bring their own.  Attendees are encouraged to bring digital or print photos and/or additional marketing materials to add to their profile, and to arrive between 9am -11am to allow time for networking and to create and/or update their profile.

  This event and local efforts to place producers, harvesters and others on the map are supported with funds from the Maine Network of Community Food Councils and the Environmental Funders Network. The Washington County Community Food Council is seeking partners to grow and enhance the local food system in the Downeast region and the Maine Food Atlas. We welcome opportunities to discuss and explore collaborations and partnerships.

 For more information and to register for either event, please contact Regina Grabrovac at (207) 255-3741 or by email at Regina@HealthyAcadia.org or Judy East at (207) 454-0465 or by email at jceast@wccog.net.