General Email List – Event and campaign announcements, occasional email updates, infrequent requests for volunteers, and one membership appeal per year.
Maine Food Policy Watch – Used during the Maine legislative session to keep Mainers informed about state food policy matters that Food for Maine’s Future is following. Occasional emails with federal food policy updates and calls to action.
More than 150 people have joined Food for Maine’s Future from all facets of the food system. Members of FMF receive a mailed copy of Saving Seeds and one free classified ad per year. You also receive free admission to our annual Local and Sustainable Food Conference. Join today with a minimum contribution of $25. You can also volunteer to receive membership.
Food for Maine’s Future has three standing committees that are open to members. For more information contact Bob St.Peter at bob@foodformainesfuture or 244-0908.
Policy & Legislative Committee
The Policy & Legislative Committee (PLC) works to create and support a policy agenda that furthers the interest of family farmers and fishers, farm workers, landless people, and their allies. The requirements for participation are four annual meetings (in person or via conference call) and a commitment to helping build a more just and sustainable food system in Maine.
Local & Sustainable Food Conference Committee
Each year Food for Maine’s Future hosts an annual Local & Sustainable Food Conference. Next March will be our 5th conference. Committee members have a variety of roles to play, including organizing workshops and recruiting presenters, helping with publicity, planning the Mud Season Dinner, fundraising, and other activities on the day of the event. The committee is also responsible for selecting the recipient of the Jim Cook Memorial Award. Committee members receive free admission to the conference and two tickets to the Mud Season Dinner. The first meeting for the 5th Annual Local & Sustainable Food Conference will be held in November. Exact date and location to be announced.
Publishing a newspaper is highly rewarding and satisfying. It is also a lot of work. FMF is looking for skilled writers, editors, and researchers to assist with the biannual publication of Saving Seeds. We are also looking for help with distribution and soliciting advertisements.
Maine’s Food Sovereignty Journal Since 2005
Saving Seeds was named for an age old practice now threatened by a rapidly consolidating seed industry and unjust patent laws that restrict farmers’ rights to the benefit of powerful multinational corporations. It is published twice a year and is “Maine’s food sovereignty journal”. It provides news and views from Maine and around the world, with a focus on the growing international movement for food sovereignty. Please review the current and past issues for the types of content we print. Letters, opinion pieces, articles, story ideas, and upcoming events can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saving Seeds is distributed around the state by staff and volunteers and can be found at libraries, food stores, community centers, and other places around Maine. Saving Seeds is free. Please share it with a friend.
HELP DISTRIBUTE SAVING SEEDS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Volunteers who help distribute 100 copies of one issue per year receive free membership to Food for Maine’s Future and the good feeling that comes with supporting grassroots activism in Maine. To help distribute Saving Seeds in your community contact Bob St.Peter at email@example.com.
Internships currently available with Food for Maine’s Future are described below. Sorry, but we are unable to offer stipends or other compensation for these positions at this time. Some travel expenses are available.
We also welcome enterprising people who are interested in short-term research or hands-on projects. Email internships(at)foodformainesfuture.org or call 244-0908 to apply.
- Initiate and/or coordinate at least one FMF event per month
- Develop tabling materials
- Recruit members, volunteers, interns at colleges and universities and selected events
- Coordinate distribution of Fall/Winter Saving Seeds
- 10-15 hours per month
- Develop & monitor office systems and calendars
- Set up & maintain organizational filing systems with input of staff
- Assist staff with research & outreach as needed
- Ensure contact details are updated as necessary, and new contacts entered accurately
- Prepare Thank You letters and Donation Receipts as needed
- 3-5 hours per week