Food for Maine’s Future: Food & Farm Activist Retreat, August 10–16

It is only fitting that Sedgwick, ME, the first town in Maine to pass the landmark Local Food Ordinance, is where the Food & Farm Activist Retreat, held by Food for Maine’s Future, will take place August 10–15. The presentation “Local Food, Local Rules,” on the Local Food & Community Self-Governance Ordinance, is just one of the many being offered at this weeklong leadership camp. The program includes tours of the Nearing’s homestead Forest Farm, and Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Farm in Harborside; a presentation by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; and a panel discussion on “Food, Past & Future” with Mark Bittman, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and food historian Sandy Oliver. Space is still available, register for a day or the entire week:

Food & Farm Activist Retreat
Food for Maine’s Future
Saving Seeds Farm, Sedgwick, ME
Wednesday, August 10–Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Food for Maine’s Future is pleased to host an informal gathering of food and farm activists from around the U.S. and Canada at Saving Seeds Farm in coastal Sedgwick, Maine. The 2011 Food & Farm Activist Gathering is a week-long, hands-on leadership camp that promises valuable learning and networking opportunities for young food and farm activists. There will be ample time for formal and informal discussions, skill sharing, internal reflection, and for convening with the natural world. Come one day or all!

Wednesday, August 10
All Day – Arrival & make camp
Afternoon – Introductions & review of week
Evening – Discussion: Growing the food justice movement in the U.S.

Thursday, August 11
Morning – Farm work, prepare meals
Afternoon – Farm Tours: Four Season Farm (aka Eliot Coleman’s Farm), Harborside; Forest Farm (aka Nearing Homestead), Harborside
Evening – Presentation/Workshop: Beehive Design Collective

Friday, August 12
Morning – Farm work, prepare meals
Afternoon – Farm Lunch & Presentation by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Evening – Trader Joe’s Action with CIW, dinner at Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland

Saturday, August 13
Morning – Farm work, prepare meals
Afternoon – Farm Lunch & Presentation: “Local Food, Local Rules”, Phil & Heather Retberg, Quill’s End Farm, Penobscot. This presentation will be about the Local Food & Community Self-Governance Ordinance passed in four Maine towns since March, 2011.
Evening – Event at the Island Culinary & Ecological Center, Stonington
“Food, Past and Future”, presentation by food writer Mark Bittman followed by a panel discussion with Mark, Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (member of Agriculture Committee), and local food historian Sandy Oliver

Sunday, August 14
Morning – Leisurely morning and late breakfast
Afternoon – Prepare for community supper at Halcyon Grange in Blue Hill
Evening – Community Supper, silent auction, showing of The Greenhorns

Monday, August 15
To be determined by group

Tuesday, August 16
Break camp & prepare for departure

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