Presenter Information

Erin Love, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 122

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 4:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

There is a food systems paradox in Maine: the State has one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the nation, while simultaneously experiencing a local agriculture boom. Maine has some of the largest percentages of young farmers and women farmers in the country and is home to the second highest number of artisan cheese makers of any state in the country. Amidst this exciting, sometimes quirky agricultural activity, there is a critical need for food systems development in the state, especially in the context of serving vulnerable populations. This presentation aims to examine the relationship between local food and food security in Maine by exploring five major barriers to local food access for food insecure people. While there is significant room to improve the relationship between local food and food security, there are already many promising community-level initiatives at work that provide hope for the future of Maine food.

Faculty Sponsor

Russ Cole

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

40

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May 1st, 1:00 PM May 1st, 4:00 PM

The Relationship between Local Food and Food Security in Maine

Diamond 122

There is a food systems paradox in Maine: the State has one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the nation, while simultaneously experiencing a local agriculture boom. Maine has some of the largest percentages of young farmers and women farmers in the country and is home to the second highest number of artisan cheese makers of any state in the country. Amidst this exciting, sometimes quirky agricultural activity, there is a critical need for food systems development in the state, especially in the context of serving vulnerable populations. This presentation aims to examine the relationship between local food and food security in Maine by exploring five major barriers to local food access for food insecure people. While there is significant room to improve the relationship between local food and food security, there are already many promising community-level initiatives at work that provide hope for the future of Maine food.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/136