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Staff Spotlight: Meghan Quinn

Meghan Quinn, Event Manager 

“If you eat food, you are involved in the food system, and I really enjoy finding opportunities to engage people who may not realize how important that fact is. Maine’s food system is built on so much more than just the fantastic restaurants, craft beer, and lobster that we’re known for. Community connections to food sources are vital to a sustainable food system in the state, and active, vibrant agriculture is a big part of making those connections.

I moved to Portland six years ago, and while working in the non-profit and hospitality worlds here, also completed a graduate degree in sustainable food systems.  Organizing events for MFT is the ideal way for me to combine my experience, passion, and education. I am drawn to the diversity of MFT’s programming, which works to support agriculture in Maine from all angles.

As the Events Manager I am looking forward to developing events that engage current MFT supporters and also draw new people to our work. We’ve got a lot on our schedule this summer and fall, from celebratory farm parties to educational events that illustrate the challenges and opportunities of agriculture in Maine.”

“My hope is that these events can build stronger connections to agriculture by allowing folks a hands-on way to engage with the farms and farmers across the state.”

“In my extra time I work on a team dedicated to developing the Portland Food Council, but when I’m not nerding out on food system work, I spend a lot of time outside with my dog, enjoying the beach or the mountains, taking care of my garden, and training for the Peaks to Portland swim coming up in July!”

“I’m particularly excited about the farm parties we’re putting together with Bumbleroot Organic Farm and Harvest Tide Organics, the new Schoolhouse Suppers at the Unity Food Hub, and a special late summer music series we’re cooking up with Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis of Songbird Farm (this Wednesday’s Meet Your Farmer profile!).
Check the Events page to stay up-to-date with all of our upcoming events–we’ll be posting new dates and details soon!”
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