L-A Region Farmland Access & Food Economy Conference

L-A Region Farmland Access & Food Economy Conference

DATE   March 7, 2019   8:00am - 12:00pm
Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn & Others
Auburn, Maine

For Lewiston-Auburn (LA) Region farm seekers, retiring farmers, land owners, service providers, city/town officials, staff, & economic development professionals:

– Are you a farmer looking for land in the LA Region?

– Are you a farmer in the LA Region wondering what will happen when you’re ready to stop farming?

– Are you a landowner in the LA Region thinking about making your property available for farming?

– Are you a service provider who helps with issues related to farmland access?

– Are you a city/town official, staff person, or economic development professional in the LA Region interested in connecting with farmers and others about ways to grow the food and farm economy?

Join us for an inspiring half-day of storytelling, relationship-building, and presentations to better understand opportunities for accessing, transferring, and saving farmland, and for growing the local food and farm business sector in the Lewiston-Auburn Region.

Have childcare or transportation needs to attend this event? We can help. Let us know during registration (info coming soon).

Event Context:
The Lewiston-Auburn (LA) Region has a historic opportunity to utilize abundant natural resources and springboard economic development in the Food and Farm business sector. Across the state, momentum is building as entrepreneurs, farmers, manufacturers, culinary professionals, and the tourism industry have been growing the food economy in Maine, and we have the potential in our region to attract and retain people to “Grow it Here.” The LA Region is also rooted in farming heritage and contains vast farmland with agricultural soils of statewide significance. Many existing farm owners will be considering retirement in the next 5-10 years and much of this land will change hands. At the same time, the LA Region is home to many who are searching for land to farm.

Recognizing an opportunity for relationship-building, education around this historic opportunity, and the abundance of options, the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn is organizing with local, state, and regional partners, in cooperation with local, state, and regional partners.

More event info & to sign up for email updates: https://goodfood4la.org/la-farmland-food-economy-event/

Local, State, & Regional Planning Partners:
Cooperative Development InstituteMaine Farmland TrustSomali Bantu Community AssociationAndroscoggin Land TrustMaine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Land in Common community land trust – Cultivating CommunityFoodCorps MaineSt. Mary’s Nutrition CenterLand For Good – Lewiston and Auburn Residents

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