Are you looking to buy local food? Or are you a farmer, local food distributor, processor, seller or food-related community organizer? You probably want to see this in-progress map.
The Network of Community Food Councils and the Center for Community GIS are creating what they’re calling the Maine Food Atlas. It started in Oxford County and is still in beta mode, but the goal is to one day allow anyone to click through and see their local food system in detail.
Where are the growers, the farm-to-school groups, the food security organizations, the food pantries, the college courses and the nearest farmers’ markets? By discovering the full range of people, organizations and businesses who handle, grow or sell local food, it then becomes easier to see where there are system successes and challenges.
“This work provides essential baseline information necessary for rebuilding community food systems, assuring greater food security for all, and improving the social, economic, environmental, and health impacts of our food,” reads the Maine Food Atlas website.
It works through “curated crowdsourcing” where people connected to Maine’s food system can establish free Maine Food Atlas accounts, “which allow them to richly describe their work, load photos, and independently manage their postings over time,” the site states.
Check it out by visiting www.mainefoodatlas.com.