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“Are Farms The Key To Maine’s Future?” Talk on October 13 in Camden

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

Are Farms the Key to Maine’s Future? will take place on Thursday, October 13th at the Camden Public Library.
The event runs from 6:30-8PM and is free and open to all.

Co-sponsored by the Camden Public Library, this presentation is 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?, February 17-19, 2012

The talk is also a part of the Camden Public Library series on “Green Food/Local Food” throughout October, on the issue of sustainability, local food, and efforts of local enterprises to respond to the green food/local food challenge. For more information visit

About the Speaker: Currently executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, John Piotti has been at the fore of agriculture issues in Maine for over 15 years. In 1995, he created and then managed the Maine Farms Project for Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), 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 (NESAWG) and a director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. In 2005, John was one of only eight Americans awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship; he studied European models that use agriculture to advance sustainable community development.

Speaker: John Piotti
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Camden Public Library
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 207-236-1034.

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