On Saturday March 30th at the Troy Howard Middle School Food for Maine’s Future will host its 6th Annual Mud Season.  This year, due to various blizzards, the event is being combined with a Membership Meeting and Award Luncheon.


The Jim Cook Award is given annual to an individual, group, organization, or institution that has made substantial contributions to Maine’s local food movement. The award was inaugurated in March 2009 at Food for Maine’s Future’s Local & Sustainable Food Conference in honor of the life and work of our friend and mentor, Jim Cook.  This year’s recipient is Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm.   Jim is the President of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) the organization that is the lead defendant in the OSGATA vs. Monsanto lawsuit.   His leadership for many years has helped stem the on rushing tide of genetically modified organisms in our food supply.


Also, new this year, Food for Maine’s Future will award the “Future of Maine’s Food Award” to an organization, group or institution working with young people to encourage them to learn about growing food, sustainability and resilience.   This year’s inaugural recipient will be the Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project.   One of the first of its kind, this project has been a shining example of teaching school children to grow, process and market vegetables and seeds.  Teaching the students about true sustainability.  Their motto is “Sow, Grow, Know.”  A highlight of the event is the availability of the school garden project  for touring.  Come see what is happening there this spring.


This event is open to all, whether you are a member of Food for Maine’s Future or not. You will enjoy a luncheon of hearty spring soups and delicious desserts from the bounty of Maine foods available at this time of year.   Meet other folks interested in maintaining and growing the local food system.   And help us honor this year’s recipients.


The Mud Season Dinner will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave, Belfast Maine.  Lunch will be followed by the awards ceremony and tours.  The membership meeting will take place at the end of the day. The suggested donation at the door is $15.  For questions or further information contact Betsy Garrold at 568-3302 or

Jim & Megan Gerritsen, Peter, Caleb, Sarah, Amy

Jim & Megan Gerritsen, Peter, Caleb, Sarah, Amy


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