Cultivating Community Presenters

“Cultivating Community 2014: Mapping the Maine Highland Food System” is just around the corner! Below is a list of some of the presenters that will be speaking at the event. More information about the day is on our “Upcoming Events page” including how to pre-register. Scroll further down to link to presenters from CC 2013.

Mark Lapping, The Maine Food Strategy

Ken Morse, Maine Network of Community Food Councils

Stacy Benjamin, Mike Gold, and Tricia Rouleau, Maine Farmland Trust

Skowhegan Food Systems Panel including Amber Lambke, Maine Grains; Sarah Smith, The Pickup CSA; and Jim Batey, Somerset Economic Development Corporation




The links on this page are to the businesses, organizations, and individuals that presented at “Cultivating the Community: An Agricultural Resource Exchange” on April 13th, 2013. All the presenters spoke about projects, ideas, and initiatives that benefit or are designed to benefit multiple entities. They were not there to promote their own or any other individual business.


Community Supported Brewing — Steve Grammont and Ronnie Towne

Dexter and Dover Area Towns in Transition Providing forums for communities to discuss local food, energy, and economic systems that don’t depend on the use of fossil fuels.

Dover Cove Market Place Our Mission is to provide a convenient online marketplace for farmers, farm producers and consumers to buy and sell fresh local farm products, in Piscataquis, Penobscot, and Somerset counties.

Farm to School A program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms.

Fossa General Store Dexter Community Farm Project & Fossa General Store was created by Dexter Region Development Corporation to work with local community farmers within a 35+/- mile radius of Dexter, ME

GrowME (Building) a truly local program of agriculturally themed activities for kids led by local volunteers with the goal of increasing agricultural literacy and making it fun!

Jack Does That! A Central Maine Hour Exchange

The Maine Association of Conservation Districts Works with landowners, organizations, and government to protect Maine’s soil, water, forestry, wildlife, and other natural resources.

Maine Farmland Trust A statewide organization that works to protect farmland, support farmers, and promote farming.

The Maine Grains Alliance (Provides) opportunities to learn and share how best to grow grains and bake breads using local, nutritious, and sustainably-grown ingredients, and a combination of traditional and innovative techniques.

Maine Grains at the Somerset Grist Mill Provides a space for local farmers, entrepreneurs, and community members to assemble and operate a variety of programs and businesses…(and is) reviving local organic grain production

The Maine Highlands Farmers Promoting locally grown and raised products in the communities located in the Maine Highlands region of Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Somerset Counties.

MOFGA The oldest and largest state organic organization in the country.

No Small Potatoes Makes small loans to farms, fishermen, and the food businesses they supply to help them thrive.

Piscataquis County Cooperative Extension Provides educational programs and resources related to agriculture and other topics.

Piscataquis County Economic Development Council Provides business development support for agricultural businesses.

Piscataquis Public Health Council PPHC engages and partners with local business organizations, schools, and individuals who are committed to the development of healthy living in their communities.

Ripley Farm The Ripley’s spoke about how farms can establish Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.

Sharing a Combine  — Toby Hall

Slow Money Maine Provides a base for exchanging ideas and forming collaborations that connect investors to food producers and entrepreneurs throughout Maine.

Stutzman’s Farms Expanding their farm stand to serve as a market for selling produce from other regional farms as well as their own.















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