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“Are Farms the Key to Maine’s Future?” Talk on December 15 in Rockland

Join Maine Farmland Trust’s Executive Director John Piotti for a lively presentation and discussion about the state of farming and how — if Mainers are smart about it — farming can become the centerpiece of a sustainable future for Maine.

The event takes place on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Rockland Public Library, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to all.

Currently executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, John Piotti has been at the fore of agriculture issues in Maine for more than 15 years. In 1995, he created and then managed the Maine Farms Project for Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Maine’s premiere community development organization. He participated in the Millennium Commission on Hunger & Food Security, Maine’s Farm Vitality Task Force, and the Governor’s Dairy Task Force. He also served in the Maine Legislature, where he chaired the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Beyond Maine, he has served as chair of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and a director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. In 2005, Piotti was one of only eight Americans awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship; he studied European models that use agriculture to advance sustainable community development.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Rockland Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 25th Annual Camden Conference: The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do we have what it takes?, Feb. 17-19, 2012. For more information, please call 236-1034 or visit

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information visit the website at, email or call 236-1034.

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