March Meetup: The "Maine Local 20" with Cheryl Wixson

  • March 16, 2010 · 6:30 PM
  • University of New England Portland Campus

Please note: This is the new date for the event which had been originally scheduled for Feb 16th and canceled due to weather. Please join us for an extremely informative and inspiring event in which Cheryl Wixson presents us with the fruits of her research and experience on how Maine can feed itself in the future.
This event is being co-sponsored by the UNE Office of Sustainability,
Resilient Homes and the
Cape Farm Alliance. The
Maine Local 20 are 20 foods that Maine could produce for the citizens of the state to enjoy year round. It is one piece of a research project,
Can Maine Feed Itself, that identifies the Maine food pyramid and components of a sustainable food system. In addition to her research project, Wixson will discuss strategies to put food security within our reach. Here is
Campus Map and a
Parking Map for the UNE Portland Campus. $3-5 Suggested Donation at the Door to cover our speaker's travel expenses to come down; No one turned away for lack of funds.
This will not be a potluck event but feel free to come anytime after 6:30 for some social time followed by the start of the presentation around 7pm.
Cheryl Wixson grew up on a dairy farm in Winslow, Maine. She is a third generation graduate of the University of Maine, and is the University's first woman agricultural engineer. After 10 years in the pulp and paper and telecommunications industry, Wixson founded a catering company and small restaurant that served international cuisine featuring organic Maine products. The last meal served at her restaurant was a nine-course meal featuring Petunia, Wixson's pig, that achieved international notoriety when code enforcement determined it was residing illegally in the same neighborhood as novelist Stephen King. Cheryl then retired from the restaurant business to bake cookies and raise crops, rabbits and three daughters on her organic, urban farm in Bangor. In 1999, Wixson built a state-of-the art kitchen and educational facility dedicated to teaching people the joys and benefits of healthy eating and cooking utilizing Maine products while supporting a sustainable environment. Cheryl is a food columnist for the Bangor Daily News, consults with restaurants from Maine to California, develops recipes for food manufacturers and hosted two Maine Public Television series, the latest being What's for Suppah?. She has studied food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, is a master composter, and teaches kindergarten children that food comes from farms. Cheryl is an Organic Marketing Consultant for MOFGA.

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  • Sue M.

    What if each of us specialized in saving seed of one or more vegetable and your neighbors specialized in others. Some seeds are very easy to save, and others are much harder.

    March 23, 2010

  • Lisa F.

    What if you designed your property as a "Maine Local 20" Garden? Or specialized in some of the items with your neighbors specializing in the others?

    March 23, 2010

  • joseph

    Local Growers List: Thank you Mal for "getrealmaine.com", Thank You Lisa for "eatmainefood.org", Thank You Wynne and Pat for "www.portlandfoodcoop.org", Thank You Peter for "www.mofga.net" and "snakeroot.net"

    March 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentation on what Maine can grow and store in high volume and a good starting point for the next steps in the local food "revolution" that needs to continue.

    March 17, 2010

  • Wynne and P.

    We are active members at the Portland Food Coop buying club, especially for the Crowns of Maine order, which Lisa mentioned that last night. I thought I'd also mention that they are aiming to have a store front/warehouse and distribution presence by September here in Portland. They are an excellent group of people and they have their act together. We just love Crowns for filling in the food "gaps" in our pantry!!! here is their web site: http://www.portlandfoodcoop.org/

    March 17, 2010

  • Lisa F.

    Also check out the maine food map at eatmainefood.org

    March 17, 2010

  • Marion de L.

    Very important information and ideas!

    March 17, 2010

  • Mal S.

    Joseph,
    The Maine Department of Agriculture publishes a large pamphlet called Finding Maine Food and Farms. The website listed is getrealmaine.com. Also the MOFGA website is a good resource.
    Mal

    March 17, 2010

  • Mal S.

    Thanks Cheryl!

    March 17, 2010

  • joseph

    Developing and implemeting an accurate study to determine how much food is grown in our region and how much is consumed here is a brilliant and useful tool, thank you Cheryl. In order to contribute to the reality of growing and buying locally, we need to know how to find farms and markets, is there a list? Also, a co-op could facilitate the collection and delivery of local produce in bulk to existing supermmarket warhehouses as they are a well established distribution network.

    March 17, 2010

  • joseph

    Developing and implemeting an accurate study to determine how much food is grown in our region and how much is consumed here is a brilliant and useful tool, thank you Cheryl.
    In order to contribute to the reality of growing and buying locally, we need to know how to find farms and markets, is there a list? Also, a co-op could facilitate the collection and delivery of local produce in bulk to existing supermmarket warhehouses as they are a well established distribution network.

    March 17, 2010

  • Sue M.

    Cheryl knows what she's talking about. It was interesting to hear about the things that farmer's could ramp up production of and expect to have a ready market. It was discouraging to hear the low percentage of so many crops that were being produced organically. Plenty of room for improvement. Also interesting to hear people share how few vegetables their families and friends eat for the most part. One household the closest thing to a vegetable in the kitchen was microwave popcorn. Also hearing that people need to know how to cook vegetables from their gardens or farmers. Very informative meeting for me all the way around.

    March 17, 2010

  • Wynne and P.

    Excellent and important information! Cheryl was great!

    March 17, 2010

  • Debra

    Thoughtful research on how Maine can feed itself. Am Looking forward to a root cellaring workshop with Cheryl, which will be a necessary follow-up to the information given. Great group to have attended lecture with -- interesting, pertinent questions and observations.

    March 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This presentation seemed more focused on (re) development of our ability to feed ourselves state-wide in Maine - with demand for seasonal organic produce that would be grown in Aroostook County. I had hoped for more specific information about what we could do on a more local basis.

    March 17, 2010

  • claire m.

    Cheryl is very dynamic and well informed. It was good to find out the advocacy work she's doing to get Maine consumers and growers together, and how she is accomplishing those activities.

    March 17, 2010

  • Tree

    Very informative. Great presentation

    March 16, 2010

  • Peter B.

    REALLY great! Thanks.

    March 16, 2010

  • Elaine

    I really liked Cheryl Wixson. She really knows her material and gave her presentation with high energy and good humor. Altogether delightful as well as educational!

    March 16, 2010

  • Deb M.

    Couldn't stay the whole time, but really appreciated the group discussion on the food items in the Maine Local 20.

    March 16, 2010

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