Local Farms – Local Food

See below for Kennebec Estuary Regional Farmland Maps

Inventory of Farmland in the Merrymeeting Bay Region in Maine Report (click to view PDF)

 

 

Realizing the importance of local farms to the health of the local environment and local residents – both the people and the wildlife – the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust have partnered to create Local Farms-Local Food, a regional initiative to enhance farmland protection and raise awareness of local food production.

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) have formed a strong regional partnership to enhance the local food economy, raise awareness of the benefits of local food, and increase farmland conservation in the southern Midcoast region.

The partnership is currently working on:

  •  conserving active farmland
  • organizing educational events promoting local food
  • conducting a study on the potential for a food hub in the area
  • assisting farmers’ markets in our service area with their promotional needs
  • developing a website to be a valuable source for information for farmers, institutions, markets, and the public about local food
  • creating a local food guide

By cooperating on this innovative project, BTLT and KELT are helping to lead the path toward a more accessible, organized, diverse, and collaborative food system in the southern Midcoast region.

Goals of the Project:

The goals of Local Farms-Local Food are to support the farms and farmers’ markets in the service areas of the two land trusts, increase the amount of locally grown food purchased, and continue our educational programs for the residents of the area about the many benefits of local food to the health of people and the environment. Additionally, we will conduct a feasibility study and create a business plan for a food hub in the greater Brunswick area to increase access to local food for both a greater portion of the year and a greater number of people.

 

 

For more information on Local Farms- Local Foods contact Chris Cabot, Farmland Protection Specialist.

(207) 729-7694 (BTLT office)

(207) 442-8400 (KELT office)

chris.btlt.kelt@gmail.com (email)

 

Regional Farmland Maps (click to view PDF)

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Bath

Bowdoinham

Dresden

Georgetown

Richmond

West Bath

Westport Island

Woolwich