Local Food in Washington County
Washington County Food System Meetings
Five public meetings were held throughout Washington County during April and May of 2013 to discuss our regional food system. Download invitation here.
Meeting format and agenda included:
- Powerpoint Presentation on our local food system (2.9MB)
- creation of vision statements for regional self-sufficiency as well as growth of agriculture for economic development, and
- a conversation about how to achieve these two complimentary visions.
In addition the audience was polled at each meeting to determine who was in the audience (producers, distributors, processors, consumers, lenders, etc.), what educational needs they have, and the most significant issues they face in the growth of the food system.
Audience polls and meeting notes from each meeting around the county are posted below. A summary of audience polling from all meetings is merged to create a complete representation of county-wide input. DOWNLOAD merged summary of all audience input here.
Under-represented sectors in the food system meetings included financial lenders, large agri-producers, fishermen, distributors, processors, retailers, and institutional purchasers. Therefore Farm to School Coordinator Regina Grabrovac conducted several follow up interviews with large producers and insitutional purchasers in an attempt to fill in our knowledge gap.
Dates, times and locations of food system meetings
Tuesday April 23 - WCCC Assembly Room, Calais 6:30-8PM
Tuesday April 30 - Maine Seacoast Mission, Cherryfield 4:30-6PM
Cherryfield meeting notes
Thursday May 2 - Machias Savings Bank Comunity Room, Machias 6:30-8PM
Machias meeting notes
Tuesday May 7 - Princeton Elementary School, Princeton 5-6:30 PM
Princeton meeting notes
Thursday May 9 - Shead HighSchool Band Room, Eastport 6-7:30PM
Eastport meeting notes