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We have the people, land and climate needed to produce fresh, affordable, and healthy food, renewable energy, shelter and the things we use daily. A community food system integrates food production, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of a particular place. Learn what a local food system looks like here in Norway, Maine.
Our growing community of farmers, entrepreneurs, producers and consumers can create strong local economies by creating new locally owned businesses and jobs. Local food systems work will feature Local Food Councils, Farm to School, 4-H and the Cooperative Extension, the local USDA office, nutrition education, the Maine Food Atlas, and culinary arts.
Bonnie Rukin is a social change activist from Camden, Maine. She has worked as a teacher, organic farmer, lay homeopath and non-profit leader at varied times in the past several decades. Her values and community actions have focused on sustainability in organizations and their related missions in the areas of health, philanthropy, education, social justice, agriculture and the environment. Since January 2010 she has been the Coordinator of Slow Money Maine, happily finding a match for her skills, interests and life experiences in leading a diverse and inclusive network of over 400 people actively engaged in varied forms of investing in local sustainable food systems. TedXDirigo
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances farming. Their goal is not just to protect Maine farmland, but to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers, and their communities, thrive.
Maine Farmland Trust
97 Main Street, Belfast, Maine 04915
Marge Kilkelly is the Senior Policy Advisor for US Senator Angus King since 2009. She is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University in Community Economic Development and lives in Dresden Mills, Maine where she owns and operates Dragonfly Cove Farm. Kilkelly has also worked at the Deputy Director of the Eastern Region of the Council of State Governments and is a past president of the New England Farmers' Union.
Organizers of the 2nd Annual Foothills Food Festival are pleased to welcome two of Maine’s leading local food advocates to speak at this year’s event in Norway on August 12th from 12 noon until 9pm. Bonnie Rukin of Slow Money Maine and Marge Kilkelly, Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Angus King will both speak from the main stage on issues critical to our food future. Both talks will be in the afternoon with exact times still being worked out.
Marge Kilkelly is both a farmer, maintaining a diversified livestock farm with her husband Joe Murray, and a policy expert in agriculture on both the state and national level. As Senior Advisor to Senator Angus King on issues related to health and agriculture, she holds a deep knowledge of U.S. farm Policy, which she will share at the Festival as she addresses the importance of the 2018 Farm Bill, which will set federal agricultural for the subsequent five years and is of critical importance to small-scale agricultural producers here in Maine.