Maine Community Food Council Summit
Friday, October 18, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Our Summit is affiliated with Food Day
8:30 am Registration
9:00 Welcome; Goals for the Summit
9:20 Video - What’s On Your Plate
9:30 Understanding the System we are Trying to Change
Designing Community Food Scans - Molly Anderson, Professor from the College of the Atlantic and a pro at measuring Food Systems will help us frame our work for the day.
10: 00 A Snapshot of the Network: Maine Community Food Conversations/Frameworks
10:15 Networking Break
Gallery Walk, Add to State Map, Exhibits, Resource Table
10:45 Morning Workshops: Breakouts will be working sessions aimed at providing participants with resources and tools to take back to their communities. The Workshops will be facilitated by Network members and most will break into small groups after introductory framing/sharing phase.
Community Engagement Strategies - Getting started & expanding circles. Starting a community conversation about the food system and how we can get a wide range of people on the same page. Will include strategies for organizing introductory meetings, engaging diverse stakeholders (like farmers, retailers, food insecure, schools, health care, etc), surveys to assess readiness and existing assets, etc. Includes outreach strategies like movie series, educational sessions, etc. A panel from current projects will share their stories and begin a conversation on effective strategies and lessons learned.
Understanding Community Food - Creating a picture of how our food system works in our communities. Profiles of the mix of predominant, imported foods and local emergent food chains. Learn what Maine communities are doing to educate themselves about how food systems impact their communities. Break into small groups to discuss the impacts of our Food Systems on community economics, environments, health and social relationships. Capture the small groups priorities on these values as the first step in creating a metrics for measuring the impacts of community food projects.
12:15 Local Foods Lunch: Prepared by the Nutrition Center's Youth Powered Catering program
1:20 Afternoon Workshops
Engagement Strategies 2: Finding Resources & Partners Getting Help from Key Partners/Resources. Engaging organizations like higher ed, Cooperative Extension, economic development, Main Street Maine communities, public health coalitions, municipalities and councils of governments, and funders to move this work forward.
Community Food Mapping: How maps can help us understand our food system including both local assets and key impacts. Learn about a range of map-making projects, from funky, folksy and fun to sophisticated digital and GIS system maps. Also learn about an innovative Network Mapping Project being launched as participatory tool for sharing community food assets.
Planning & Assessment: Learn about the Kickstart Guide and value-based planning models like Whole Measures and You Get What You Measure. See how different groups have created reports, both online and printed, that they are using to tell the story and to reach out to engage others.
3:00 Update on the Maine Food Strategy (MFS) Initiative: MFS team will brief us and discuss how community and state food system work can be integrated.
3:15 Slide Show on Innovative Community Food Projects: Brief presentations on online buying clubs, local distribution systems, food hubs, institutional procurement, and other innovative projects from around the State.
3:30 Wrap up: How Can Network Support Local Efforts: Brief reports about work completed during the day, and how the Network can use the energy and thinking of the Summit to strengthen the community food council movement spreading rapidly across the state.
The Maine Network of Community Food Councils has generous support from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. In addition to providing support for general Network programs, this allows us to convene the Summit without charging participants, and we are very grateful for this help.
When & Where
Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative & the Maine Farm to Institution Work Group
The Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative and the Maine Farm to Institution Work Group are working together to host this afternoon of conversation amongst K-12, College and Health Care practitioners devoted to using Maine foods. Both The Cooperative and the Maine Farm to Institution WG were formed in 2015 and are working to support institutional procurement and Farm to Institution education across all major institutional secotrs. This event is one of 3 regional convenings hosted around Maine.