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Saturday, September 24 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
A New England Food Vision- Considerations for building capacity to produce at least 50 percent of the region's food by 2060

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In 2011, along with several other co-authors including MOFGA’s previous executive director, Russell Libby, Amanda Beal was part of a team of researchers and food system experts that began to explore in depth the capacity for New England to produce a much higher percentage of its food than it currently does. Over the next few years, “A New England Food Vision: Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Farming and Fishing, Thriving Communities” was developed and published by Food Solutions New England. This vision is a collaborative report, based on extensive research and designed with broad public input, that considers the future of our region: a future in which food nourishes a social, economic and environmental landscape that supports a high quality of life for everyone, including generations to come. Such an aspirational vision has attracted great interest and support from farmers, fishermen, policymakers, academics and many others. Yet as the path toward achieving this vision emerges, it remains largely to be built, and Maine plays an especially important role in the potential to produce 50 percent of the region’s food by 2060. Beal will give an overview of “A New England Food Vision” and describe how it is being used by numerous individuals and organizations. She will tell what needs to be done to achieve the goal of producing at least 50 percent of the region’s food by 2060.

Beal’s lifelong interest in how we produce food began as a child growing up on her family's Maine dairy farm, as well as on the coast of Casco Bay, where she has fond memories of digging for dinner alongside her grandfather in the clam flats in summer and warming the bench of his smelt shanty in winter. Beal served on MOFGA’s board for 10 years, including two years (2008-2009) as president, and returned to the board in 2015 after a five-year hiatus while she pursued graduate studies in the Agriculture, Food & Environment master's program at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is now completing her Ph.D. in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science program at the University of New Hampshire while working for Maine Farmland Trust.


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Saturday September 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Common