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Sustainable Food Production in Maine: A Four-Course Primer

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  • 7:15 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson Street, Portland, ME


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Thank you to everyone who attended this informative forum!  Please click on the following links for speakers' presentations:

For a summary of the forum, please visit Green Energy Maine.

Maine is at the forefront of the "farm to fork" sustainable food movement, which considers all aspects of the food supply from production to transportation to environmental impacts on soil, water, and climate, and to health impacts on humans.  Join us at a unique venue - the Portland Urban Farm Fermentory - to learn about sustainable agriculture and aquaculture and the unique technologies and initiatives that are transforming the way we produce the foods we eat.

Speakers will include Tim Cunniff, Executive Vice President of Backyard Farms in Madison, Maine.  Their greenhouses use energy-efficient technology and water and soil conservation methods to supply “garden fresh” tomatoes year-round across New England.  Even their packaging is 100% recyclable!

We will also hear from Christopher S. Heinig, CEO, Harpswell Oceanic Center, Inc. and RAS Corp.  RAS is currently building the first pilot scale system to grow marine fish and use generated waste to grow worms in an innovative land-based recirculation system.

John der Kinderen, aquaculture entrepreneur, will discuss a new sustainable feed made up of insects and crabs.

Jen Levin, the Sustainable Seafood Program Manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, will provide an overview of GMRI's sustainable seafood initiative, which includes cooperative regional branding, a culinary partners program, a fishery improvement project, and supply chain networking.

Eli Cayer, Founder of the Urban Farm Fermentory will share with us how he is engaging the community, educating its residents and businesses, and providing a Food Hub for bakers, brewers, and even popsicle makers!  Before and after the forum attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility and learn about the companies located there.

Breakfast catered by the following local businesses:

- Scratch Bakery

- Swallowtail Farm & Creamery

- Coffee by Design

In addition, the following businesses at the Urban Farm Fermentory will be offering samples of their products:

- Bomb Diggity Bakery

- Pure Pops

- Urban Farm Fermentory

Directions: The Urban Farm Fermentory is located at 200 Anderson Street in Portland. From Interstate 295, take Exit 7 onto Franklin Street. Take second left onto Fox Street; at 3-way stop turn left onto Anderson Street.  Site is on the left and parking is available in the lot and on the street.  Click here for a map.



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