Food Systems and Food Security

Three volunteers working in garden; photo by Edwin Remsberg

Selected Readings and Content

UMaine Extension Bulletins & Factsheets

UMaine Extension Videos

Websites

Additional Resources

Food Systems Tools, courtesy of the Nourish Initiative, www.nourishlife.org

Food System Map infographic: Farming inputs, Economic, Social, Environmental


Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Core Competencies

At the end of these sessions you will be able to articulate and explain:

  • The latest statistics and impacts of food insecurity in Maine
  • The challenges of providing fresh produce to hungry residents via food pantries
    • Clients may not want it
    • Little or no refrigeration
    • Infrequently open-some pantries only open once a month
    • Limited space or facilities
    • Expanding need for nutrition education and cooking demos that outstrips current staffing
  • How to become more involved in the Maine Harvest for Hunger Program or another local food security program
  • The components of a food system and each person’s role in it as a consumer and perhaps also as producer, processor and/or distributor
  • How the University of Maine Cooperative Extension supports and is part of the Maine Food System
  • The current statistics regarding food waste and steps that can be taken individually and state-wide to minimize the food waste stream

Practical Skills Gained and Strengthened

  • How to become more involved in the Maine Harvest for Hunger Program or another local food security program
  • Actively involve yourself in the food system – ie. supporting local farms, minimizing waste, becoming an informed consumer