Food: Local and Healthy
The availability of local, healthy foods is critically important to the health of Mainers. Not only does it prevent chronic disease and promote wellness, a bountiful, sustainable harvest is the foundation of food and financial security.
By helping Maine’s farmers reduce energy costs, we’re empowering the cost-effective, environmentally sound production and availability of healthy, local foods.
Our Maine Rural Health Network will allow those who see healthy food as a key to prevention and wellness to share information and ideas, and to collaborate on initiatives that improve access to local healthy food.
We are also working closely with a diverse team of local food advocates and technical/financial assistance providers to help farmers extend their growing season.
MRP is pleased to be teaming with Four Directions Development Corporation, Newforest Institute and several other partners to assist the Aroostook Band of Micmacs in the further development of Micmac Farms and Trading Company. The work is funded through a grant awarded by USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach. A Food Sovereignty Assessment Action Plan has been developed and farm production capacity is strengthening. Emphasis is targeted on youth engagement in farming, gardening, permaculture and food business career development as well as on supplying tribal members with affordable healthy foods. As production capacity grows to exceed tribal nutrition needs, Micmac and Wabanaki branding and marketing channels will be explored. For more information, contact project manager Claudia Lowd.
We are intent on growing Maine’s capacity to feed itself throughout the year. Our Cold Cache Winter Marketing Resource Guide complements our popular Guide to Season Extension Options which compares production techniques from row covers to heated greenhouses.