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 Resources are added and updated on this page over time. If you have something you'd like to add let us know! If you are looking for a particular resource that isn't listed below, let us know that as well and if we can be of any service in finding what you need we are happy to help! You can contact us anytime at:

The Farm Bill:

We're putting this important information front and center to help folks navigate this vital and massive piece of legislation. NOW is the time to advocate for the food and farming future we want to see to be written into the new Farm Bill.  Please read, share, support the groups doing important Farm Bill advocacy and let your legislators know what matter to YOU in the Farm Bill.

Farm Bill Basics:

Various Farm Bill Platforms and Priorities:

What are your Farm Bill Priorities? Let your Federal Legislators know!

The Farm Bill and our Climate and Environment:

The Farm Bill and Food Insecurity:

The Farm Bill and Racial Equity

The Farm Bill and PFAS

MNCFC Network Topic Discussion Notes:

Every other month at our Network meetings we hone in on a specific topic that helps us all learn and grow in our work. Here we are sharing notes and/or recordings form some of these topic meetings that we think you might find useful too! Stay tuned to our social media accounts to find out what future discussion topics we have coming up!

About Food Councils Nationwide:

An extensive searchable library of Food Council info can be found at the national Food Policy Network at John Hopkins University:

FPN Resource Database

Mark Winne has written extensively about Food Councils and the broader food movement:

Doing Food Policy Councils Right

Food First has many resources, including: Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned

Fundraising-How Your Story Builds Enduring Relationships

About food systems:

Understanding what food systems entail, and how the different elements are connected, is key to understanding how to improve them. Maine food councils have used this short video many times over to bring people up to speed on the issues surrounding food systems work. "What's on Your Plate?" challenges viewers to see and think differently about the food they eat, considering social, economic, environmental, diet and health factors. "What's on Your Plate?" is an illustrated video, commissioned by the University of Vermont, on the challenges of the dominant food system, and alternatives for creating healthy people and a healthy planet.

Regional/Community food system visions:



"A New England Food Vision," describes a future in which our regional food system supports healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities. Click on the image above to learn more.


The Maine Food Strategy (MFS) offers a clear vision to create a sustainable, more balanced food system through the 'Framework,' a model to focus and coordinate individuals and groups working towards widespread food systems change. 

Executive Summary

Press Release

About Networks:

The Maine Food Atlas:


Add your information to the MAINE FOOD ATLAS!


The Maine Food Atlas is a collaborative project created and administered by the Network of Community Food Councils and Center for Community GIS. It is fueled by statewide participation from hundreds of local food businesses and organizations.

Through local food asset mapping, community food councils can explore and document their regional food systems. This map helps us to see where our local food systems are currently at, and how our councils can address gaps in food access, production, connections, ect. It also provides information about food focused businesses that are already in operation so that we can better support and promote their work. 


The Atlas was launched in "beta" format in May 2015 following pilot mapping work in Oxford County. The site will continue to evolve and improve. Feedback is great, so please tell us what you think! The Maine Network of Community Food Councils is seeking partners to grow and enhance the Maine Food Atlas and welcomes opportunities to discuss and explore collaborations and partnerships.



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