The Maine Network of Community Food Councils (MNCFC) has a vision for our state to have resilient, vibrant and self-reliant local and regional food systems, so that all Maine communities will have enduring food sovereignty and our citizens will have access to healthy, local food.Please Note: A companion to this site is the Maine Network of Community Food Councils on Google Drive. This is a public site where both network-wide and local food council documents can be shared.
A great challenge to achieving food sovereignty is that local efforts have limited organizing resources. MNCFC believes that while food should be sourced close to home, the tools and resources to develop community food systems need to cross boundaries so that “limited” resources are shared and stretched and food system organizers are energized by sharing mutual support. Effective regional collaboration and coordination with other communities and regions across the state will fertilize food system work in all the engaged communities.
Our mission is to
increase the capacity of local level food systems efforts through
collaboration, coordination and resource sharing, resulting in sustainable,
sovereign food systems across the state of Maine.
Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.-- www.foodsovereignty.org