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Land & Sea: A Fresh Look at our Region’s Food Future

September 29, 2016

Registration for Land & Sea is closed, and the event is full. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

 Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center 

will host a half-day Colloquium to explore a whole system approach to increased food production in Maine and to examine the connections between economic growth potential in the food sector, good natural resource stewardship, and the overall health of our communities.


Maine and New England food production are experiencing something of a renaissance. Our region is widely viewed as a land of opportunity for increased land and sea-based food production and harvesting over the next decade. With this view come predictions of broad and positive economic impact.

But what exactly does the healthy and sustainable expansion of the region’s food production look like? How can major change take place in a manner that strengthens local communities, improves individual well-being, and strongly supports the land and water resources upon which all production and harvesting depend?

Our goal is for this event to be a bit different from other conferences. Rather than presenting the work of various organizations, we have invited a few leading agricultural and marine academics and food system experts to present for the purpose of framing a discussion about the complexity and interconnectedness of the region’s land and sea-based food system, and how better understanding this can help to inform the region’s approach to increased food production. This is a chance for all of us to step back from our work, think more broadly, learn, and engage in conversation about these important issues together.


September 29, 2016

Moulton Union

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

1:00 – 5:30 p.m.



Robin Alden, Executive Director, Penobscot East Resource Center

John Piotti, President and CEO, Maine Farmland Trust


Dr. Robert Steneck,University of Maine School of Marine Sciences

Dr. Timothy Griffin, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

Amanda Beal, Maine Farmland Trust

Facilitated panel conversation with Presenters

Robin Alden and John Piotti

Moderated session with full panel and all participants, inviting commentary and questions



Registration for Land & Sea is closed, and the event is full. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

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