Story posted April 05, 2012
On Wednesday, April 4, Bowdoin students and community members sat down to enjoy the annual Locavore Dinner. This year, the menu included beer-braised kielbasa, roasted root vegetables, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, shrimp cakes, and seafood chowder—all made from local Maine ingredients.
Afterward, Maine Farmland Trust and Environmental Studies screened a series of eight short films about farming in the state. “Meet Your Farmer” follows the families that continue to make a living in Maine through various agricultural niches—including dairy, potato, and organic farming and apple orchards. The beautiful cinematography and narrative was followed by a discussion with Joe Grady, who owns and operates Two Coves Farm in Harpswell, John Piotti, executive director of MFT, and Chris Cabot, land trust specialist at the Brunswick-Topsham and Kennebec Estuary Land Trusts.
“Farming in Maine is poised to grow,” remarked Piotti, who cited agricultural statistics that show both the number of farms and the acreage of farms in Maine as increasing between the 1990s and 2000s. Between Maine’s supportive government, plentiful land, good growing climate, and a conservation ethic amongst the people here, things certainly look good.
And Bowdoin is proud to be a part of this local food movement. On Saturday, April 21st, upwards to forty-five Bowdoin students will volunteer on five local farms for the 11th Annual Eco Service Day.
For more information, and to see the film online, visit http://www.meetyourfarmer.org/