Join us at the 2016 Maine Food Network Gathering, Friday, December 2, hosted by Maine Food Strategy and many partners. We'll be speaking about the power of networks and the exciting momentum around LocalCatch.org. Overall, this gathering will help us explore solutions and dive deeper into how Maine’s whole food system can be strengthened through workforce development, public policy, fisheries diversification and consumer education. Click to learn more.
Join us at this year's Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group for the Fisheries, Food, and Health: Finding Common Ground Across Domains of the Food System discussion featuring Dave Love, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future; Elvis Mendez, National Guestworker Alliance; Julius Kolawole of African Alliance of Rhode Island; and our own Brett Tolley and moderated by Patricia Pinto Da Silva, NOAA; Jillian Fry, Center for a Livable Future.
Here is the topic description:
Fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants (seafood) are an integral part of human economies, societies, cultures, and health. The US national dietary recommendations call for increasing seafood consumption, yet questions remain about whether a significant increase can be achieved while improving equitability and sustainability. These complex and interrelated sets of challenges in the seafood sector serve as a jumping-off point for this session about the intersection of fisheries, health, and food systems. Wrestling with these issues will help clarify opportunities for Northeast seafood businesses, civil society, and governments as they relate to a sustainable food system.
Hope to see you in Western Mass at the workshop Values Matter: Institutionalizing Good Food Purchasing. NAMA's Brett Tolley will be joining our friends at Real Food Challenge along with fishermen and farmers to discuss the values guiding the farm & sea to school movement. Click here to read more about the conference.
When we think about the farm & sea to school movement a new set of values come to mind. What exactly are these values? How are they different from the old system? And when rubber meets the road, how do we ensure these values stay in tact? Without a more thorough examination of our core values we risk creating a new system with the same foundation as the old system.
This workshop will explore a values-based approach toward institutionalizing how food moves from farm & sea to school. Hear directly from those with boots on decks and hands-in-the-soil about new ideas and practical ways that institutions can dive deeper around purchasing decisions that truly reflect their values. Room: Beethoven
Last Seafood Throwdown of the season is right around the corner. Join us at Rockport Harvest Fest for our season finale featuring two chefs, a mystery seafood, our emcee Spencer Montgomery, fillet demonstration by Amanda Parks of New England Fishmongers, and more.
Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center will host a half-day Colloquium to explore a whole system approach to increased food production in Maine and to examine the connections between economic growth potential in the food sector, good natural resource stewardship, and the overall health of our communities.
WHY LAND & SEA?
Maine and New England food production are experiencing something of a renaissance. Our region is widely viewed as a land of opportunity for increased land and sea-based food production and harvesting over the next decade. With this view come predictions of broad and positive economic impact.
But what exactly does the healthy and sustainable expansion of the region’s food production look like? How can major change take place in a manner that strengthens local communities, improves individual well-being, and strongly supports the land and water resources upon which all production and harvesting depend?
Our goal is for this event to be a bit different from other conferences. Rather than presenting the work of various organizations, we have invited a few leading agricultural and marine academics and food system experts to present for the purpose of framing a discussion about the complexity and interconnectedness of the region’s land and sea-based food system, and how better understanding this can help to inform the region’s approach to increased food production. This is a chance for all of us to step back from our work, think more broadly, learn, and engage in conversation about these important issues together.
Registration for Land & Sea is closed, and the event is full. We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Unfortunately we have CANCELLED Sunday's Seafood Throwdown at Common Ground Country Fair - Official. Apologies to all for this last minute change. Our second chef who had graciously offered to participate had to change plans so yesterday and we have not been able to find a replacement chef. On behalf of all of us at NAMA, we send many thanks to our wonderful partners for volunteering to be part of this event in so many ways - going fishing, transporting seafood, cooking, judging and to each of them for committing to travel to Unity, ME. HUGE thank yous to Chef Cassady Pappas from Havana restaurant in Bar Harbor, ME, Pat Shepard of Penobscot East Resource Center, Colles Stowell of One Fish Foundation, & Sara Randall.
If you're headed to the Common Ground Country Fair - enjoy! We look forward to seeing you at our last Seafood Throwdown of the season in Rockport, MA on Saturday, October 15th!
Join NAMA's Coordinating Director, Niaz Dorry, and Bren Smith of Greenwave for an eye-opening webinar about many of the lessons sustainable food systems promoters have learned that apply to seafood as well - small scale tends to mean lower impact, local and short value chains increase the rewards to careful stewards of resources, and geography matters. Register today.