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9:00 Welcome to Conference - Ron Adams
9:10 Welcome to Portland - Mayor Michael Brennan - learn about the Mayor’s Initiative for Healthy Sustainable Food Systems
9:20 Greetings from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree as she updates us on federal food policies.
9:45 Farm to School Showcase Panel: Learn about 4 amazing Maine Projects: Roberts Farm in Norway; FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools) in midcoast; Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast and Cultivating Community in Portland
10:30 Morning Workshops (see details below)
- Boat to School
- Waste Reduction with Cafeteria Composting
- Organizing Support for School Gardens
- MOFGA's Grow Your Own Organic Garden
- Farm to School Outside of the School Day
- Farm to School in HS and Beyond
- Starting A Farm to School Project
12:50 Portland Schools 50% Local Goal - Ron Adams
1:00 Policy Panel with Maine Legislators: Join Rep. Jeff McCabe (Skowhegan), Rep. Mattie Daughtry (Brunswick) and Senator Chris Johnson (Somerville) as they discuss how the State of Maine can support the Farm to School, and/or the broader Farm to Institution, movement in Maine? And how can our Network work with them to strengthen this support?
- Q & A at 1:30
1:50 Afternoon Workshops (See details below)
- Local Purchasing: Coping with the Challenges
- Smarter Lunchrooms
- Extending the School Garden Seasons
- Cooking with Kids
- Teen Ag Projects
- Conversation with Policy Makers
3:20 Wrap-Up: Highlights and Network Followup in 2014
3:45 Bus tour of New Portland School Kitchen
East End or Riverton School Garden Tour
Workshops (check back for details on presenters)
Food Service Track:
Boat to School: Join Monique Coombs (Lobsters on the Fly), Keith Flett (Open Ocean Trading), Kelly LaCasse, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, Paul Dobbings of Ocean Approved and Ben Martens of Maine Coast Fisherman's Association as they discuss Boat to School challenges due to the product being perishable; is limited at the local level; and is sometimes at a price point that is not accessible for schools. Hear how MeANs has been trying to make it work; how Open Ocean has worked with institutions to create some solutions; and learn about seaweed and Maine's groundfish industry: what are the needs of the harvesters? How can we teach kids more about fish and fishing?
Waste Reduction with Cafeteria Composting - Our food system as a whole wastes about 40% of our food, and schools are not much different. Learn how composting can help reduce the impact of waste. Members of Portland's Waste Reduction Group, including Ron Adams, PPS Food Service Director, Ed Suslovic, Portland City Councilor, and Co-chairs Susan Webster and Martha Sheils will address how they redesigned waste management in the Cafeterias, along with the more behind the scenes system design efforts. Tom Twist from Chewonki Institute will discuss their Zero Wast Challenge.
Local Purchasing: Coping with the Challenges: Blair Currier, Local Foods Coordinator of the Portland Public Schools will address issues raised in the recent Mainely Beans and Greens series. Blair will address food safety, securing adequate quantities, price and delivery logistics.
Smarter Lunchrooms – Learn how to improve the nutrition and culture of school cafeterias with Heidi Kessler, Let’s Go Nutrition Coordinator. A smarter lunchroom is one that nudges kids towards nutritious foods by applying research-based principles that lead children to make healthy choices when provided with the full spectrum of choice.
School Garden Track:
Extending School Garden Seasons – Learn how schools are adding high tunnel hoop houses and greenhouses to their gardens in order to produce more food when school is in session. From Jobs for Maine Graduates, we have Victor Esposito (Vassalboro) and Barbara Murphy from the Cooperative Extension (Oxford County).
Organizing Support for School Gardens – Learn how teachers, master gardeners, and community folks are mobilizing to support school gardens with Jon Thurston from Troy Howard Middle School (Belfast) and Annette Caldwell and Gretchen Kimball from the Buckfield Middle School Garden and Anna Sommo, Cultivating Community (Portland).
Aquaponics/Hydroponics - School gardeners are exploring new technologies for producing plants and proteins inside. Alex Brasili from Herring Gut Learning Center will present about their aquaponics program and Alyson White, grade 10 biology teacher from Winslow High School will demonstrate how to make a window farm (from www.windowfarms.com/) using a simple and inexpensive airlift hydroponics system.
MOFGA Gardening 101 (Grow Your Own Organic Garden) - This will be a modified version of MOFGA’s popular gardening workshop. Topics may include: the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants, the basics of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden. Presenters to be announced soon.
Food & Agriculture Education Track:
Farm to School in High School & Beyond: Learn how Maine Tech Schools, Community Colleges and Universities are expanding agriculture education. Farm to School grows up as we aim to grow more farmers who can grow more Maine food. Presenters from Kennebec Valley Community College's new Sustainable Ag program; Ryan Martin from Isleboro Central School and the Ruby DayBranch from the Real Food Challenge student advocacy group at UMaine Orono.
Cooking with Kids: Learn how schools are going beyond taste testing and creating cooking with kids. With Karen Kleinkopf and Abby Plummer from FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools) and Rebecca Dugan (St. Mary's Nutrition Center, Lewiston).
Outside of the School Day: Learn how after-school programs, summer school and community gardens are engaging kids outside of the in-school hours. Learn about Kids Can Grow from Barabara Baker, UMaine Extension (Penobscot/Piscataquis); summer camp garden programs with members of Brian Lenberg from the UMaine 4-H Camp in Bryant Pond and ELLMS (Environmental Living & Learning for Maine Students), and others.
Teen Ag Projects: Learn how teams of teens are growing foods for local outlets including local food pantries, Harvest for Hunger, school lunch programs and local retirement centers. Heather Halsey will describe the Teen Ag project at the Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport; Ivan Johnson will show a new video on the Seed Savers project at Medomak High School, and Eric Tadlock and Kaitlyn Gardner from Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport. and Roberts Farm: Brandon Nobles, Chelsea Robicheaux (Oxf Hills)
Conversations with Policy Makers: A follow-up to the after lunch Policy Panel, learn how the Maine Legislature can support the Maine Farm to School movement, and what we can do to build that support. Also Taryn Hallweaver will speak about EnvironmentMaine's farm to school policy priorities. Also learn more about the USDA Farm to School grants.
Taking it to the Next Level: Learn about the Farm to School Self Assessment Tool with Mary Ellen Doyle of the Farm to School Best Practices Groups, and ways to leverage the 3 Cs (Cafeteria, Curriculum and Community) to get a Farm to School project started in your school. Katie Freedman of Healthy Acadia will also describe nearly 10 years of supporting Farm to School in Washington and Hancock Counties.
Thanks to our Conference Sponsors:
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
University of New England/School of Community & Population Health
Let's Go! Maine
Maine School Nutrition Association
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Maine Agriculture in the Classroom
Rising Tide Co-op
Farm Fresh Connection
Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council
University of Southern Maine/Muskie School
Maine Farmland Trust
Salt & Sea
Maine Rural Partners
When & Where
Renee Page firstname.lastname@example.org 207.588.5020
Maine Farm to School Network is built upon a network of 8 Districts across the state to support the 3 pillars of the Farm to School movement: Procurement of Maine foods for school meals; School Gardens; and Food and Agriculture Education.
Renee Page, Coordinator, Maine Farm to School Network
Maine Ag in the Classroom is supported by the Maine Agriculture specialty license plate. MAITC sponsors the Teach Me about Food and Farms website containing lessons and resources for educators to use to increase student knowledge of Maine agriculture. All lessons are aligned to state and national standards and an online professional development option is provided for classroom teachers.
Willie Grenier, Executive Director, Maine Ag in the Classroom
MaineSchool Garden Network promotes and supports educational gardens for youth and encourages school programs that teach healthy eating and environmental stewardship.
Myra Manning, Coordinator, Maine School Garden Network
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry is the support center for Maine's land-based natural resource interests.
Jessica Nixon, Director of Market Development
Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition Services supports several federal programs for the health and well-being of Maine's children and youth.
Stephanie Stambach, Child Nutrition Consultant & Farm to School Contact
FoodCorps Maine connects kids with healthy food in schools at 12 sites across Maine.
Vina Lindley, University of Maine Cooperative Extension