Press Release

Is farming the key to Maine’s future?

Join Maine Farmland Trust’s Executive Director, John Piotti, for a lively presentation and discussion about the state of farming and how — if we are smart about it — farming can become the centerpiece of a sustainable future for Maine.

Piotti will present “The Future of Farming and Value of Protecting Farmland” on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Howard Room of the Blue Hill Public Library. This talk is co-sponsored by the library and Blue Hill Heritage Trust and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Wyatt at the library, 374-5155 ext. 10.

John Piotti has been at the fore of agriculture issues in Maine for over 17 years. In 1995, he created and then managed the Maine Farms Project for Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI). He participated in the Millennium Commission on Hunger & Food Security, Maine’s Farm Vitality Task Force, and the Governor’s Dairy Task Force. He also served in the Maine Legislature, where he chaired the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Beyond Maine, he has served as chair of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) and a director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. In 2005, John was one of only eight Americans awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship; he studied European models that use agriculture to advance sustainable community development.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit devoted to farmland protection. Its budget is primarily funded by individual donors and members. For more information, visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) has helped conserve over 2,000 acres of farmland on the peninsula, including 18 agricultural easements. BHHT is a community-based, membership-supported, accredited nonprofit land conservation organization founded by local residents in 1985 to help conserve land resources on the Blue Hill Peninsula that have special scenic, recreational, ecological, agricultural or cultural significance. For more information about the Trust, stop by their office at 258 Mountain Road, Blue Hill, call 374-5118, or visit www.bluehillheritagetrust.org.

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Website: www.bhpl.net
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