wells national estuarine research reserve

Climate Stewards: You, Your Food, and the Survival of the Planet

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm View more Events

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What to Expect

Hear from a panel of experts who will address the connection between our food choices and climate change. Is there a future for farming in Maine, and what does farming hold for our future?

Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree will talk about legislation on the federal level that proposes reforms to better support farmers, increase access to healthy foods for consumers, and provide stable funding to programs that support local agriculture.

John Piotti, Executive Director of Maine Farmland Trust, will speak about the importance of saving farmland and securing a future for farmers.

Mort Mather, founder and first president of Laudholm Trust and past president of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will discuss the connection between choosing local foods and reducing our carbon footprints.

Following the program, we will raffle a $50 gift certificate to a CSA (community supported agriculture) of the winner's choice. $5 suggested donation.

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Our Panel

Chellie Pingree has been working on and around farms for the last 40 years. She was first elected to serve on her local school board and as her town’s tax assessor beforePingree going on to serve eight years in the Maine Senate, and becoming the national CEO of Common Cause. In 2008 she was elected to represent Maine’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives. As a former member of the Agriculture Committee and current member of the Agriculture Subcommittee of House Appropriations, Chellie has a strong record of working to reform farm policy to better support sustainable farmers, local and regional food systems, and healthy options for consumers including her leadership on the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act.

Mort Mather’s interest in land stewardship ranges from appreciation of our national parks which began at age 11 to being a steward of 100 acres of field, forest and swamp in Wells where he has lived with his wife for the past 40 years. He served on the Wells planning board for 10 years and two comprehensive planning committees. Mort MatherHe founded the non-profit Laudholm Trust and was its president through two $3 million campaigns, which raised the money to purchase Laudholm Farm and to develop it into a National Estuarine Research Reserve. He received several awards for this effort including Environmentalist of the Year by Down East magazine. The auditorium at the Wells Reserve is named in honor of him. Mort wrote a column for the York County Coast Star for 25 years, authored a book, Gardening for Independence, and was the garden writer for Mother Earth News for two years. Currently Mort, his wife Barbara, and their son Joshua own and operate Joshua’s Restaurant and Bar on Route One in Wells.

John Piotti of Unity is executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, an award-winning statewide non-profit organization that has helped over 400 Maine farms remain viable and helped protect over 35,000 acres of Maine’s best farmland. John has worked on agriculture issues for the past 18 years. Through 2006, he managed all the farm programs for Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI). PiottiHe has served as chair of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) and a director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. From 2002 to 2010 John also served in Maine’s Legislature, where he chaired the Agriculture Committee and also served as House Majority Leader. In 2005, John was one of only eight Americans awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship. He spent time in Sweden and Brussels exploring European models for using agriculture as a vehicle to advance sustainable community development. John holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): in engineering, public policy, and management.

Funding for this program is generously provided through the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project.


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Date & Time

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Regular Price: $5.00
Discounted Price: $4.00

For Wells Reserve programs, members of Laudholm Trust enjoy discount pricing.
Discounts offered for other programs, if any, are included in the full description above.


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