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August 19 , 2009 Harvest Time: Food Security in Maine

Assuring a healthy and safe food supply is an ongoing challenge. Globalization and cut-throat price competition have put many local farms out of business. Recent changes in federal laws are also challenging local farmers and food systems with costly regulations, some of which may sacrifice food's health giving properties in a drive to eliminate biological contamination. Local pressures, such as sprawling homes and businesses are taking away Maine's most valuable farmland. We'll talk about everything from home gardens, to marketing local produce to international collaborations for sustainable food systems.

Join us as we look at strategies to build healthy and safe food systems in Maine.

Join our dialogue at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 19th on WERU 89.9 FM, the voice of many voices.

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Guests:

Bob Jones,

Executive director of Stewards of the Earth President of Toddy Pond Association
Manages MCAP (Maine Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides)
Founder of Grow Food Not Lawns
Has been offering  lectures and workshops on no dig gardening since 3/08 in Maine, colorado and NZ.

Heather Albert-Knopp

Administrator, College of the Atlantic Sustainable Food Systems Program and transatlantic partnership with University of Kassel in Germany and the Organic Research Centre-Elm Farm in the UK.

She has worked in the field of sustainable food systems for the last decade, including stints at several small farms including Four Season Farm in Harborside, Beech Hill Farm in Mount Desert and Cate Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont. Heather also helped launch and coordinate Farm to School efforts in eastern Maine through the Healthy Acadia Coalition, bringing more local foods into school cafeterias and classes. Heather lives and gardens in Penobscot and also serves on the Board (and Policy Committee) of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

Healther Albert-Knopp

Events:

October 2 - 4 Food for Thought, Time for Action: Sustainable Food, Farming and Fisheries for the 21st Century College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

October 29-31, 2009 The New England Association of RC&Ds will be holding its Fall Conference in Portland
with the theme of "New England: Feeding Ourselves".  

The keynote speaker will be Paul Roberts author of "The End of Food". For up to the minute agenda information or to register online, please go to: www.thresholdtomaine.org

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