Despite Maine’s proud agricultural and fishing tradition that carries on to this day, our state imports more of its food than any other state in the continental United States, meaning we rely heavily on our nation’s industrial agricultural system. For many of the same reasons this system is unsustainable, it also is vulnerable, especially to climate change.

In addition, one-third of Maine’s best farmland will change hands in the next 10 years, and land affordability is an issue with young farmers, so the viability of small family farms also is a critical conservation issue.

Enormous potential for growth

The good news is that Maine has the potential to feed much more of our state and even be the breadbasket for New England. 

And we're on the right track. From 2002 to 2012, bucking the national trend, the number of farms in Maine increased by 13.5 percent, with much of the growth in small farms that sell directly to consumers such as through farmers markets.

Yet, that market is nearing saturation. 

For farming to continue to grow in Maine, we need to help largely small farms scale up and reach bigger markets—where most people get most of their food.

Together, we can grow the local foods movement

This year, we're working to pass a bill in Augusta to lay the groundwork for Maine farmers, fishermen, and entrepreneurs to access the resources they need to reach bigger markets. We're also working to convince the University of Maine to obtain a portion of the food it provides students from local farms and fishermen.

Sustainable food updates

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Portland Press Herald: Food hubs would link Maine’s small farms to new markets

Lawmakers should override Gov. LePage’s veto of a bill to make it easier to distribute local products.
 
 

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Maine Environmental News: Local Foods Bill Gains House, Senate Approval

The Maine House of Representatives today passed the Maine Foods Bill (LD 1431), following Senate passage yesterday afternoon. The bill would jumpstart the development of food hubs—a key part of the infrastructure needed to bring Maine’s local foods movement to scale and enable Maine to feed Maine.

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Portland Press Herald: Maine farms, students would benefit from ‘food hubs’

A new bill would allow big buyers like schools and jails to shop for competitively priced local products.
 
 

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Centralmaine.com: Maine farms, students would benefit from ‘food hubs’

The state’s agriculture industry should get more of the millions Maine institutions spend on meals.
 
 

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