Farm to school conference scheduled

ELLSWORTH — The third annual Maine Farm to School Conference will take place at Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is organized by the Maine School Garden Network, the Maine Farm to School Network, FoodCorps Maine and Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, in partnership with Healthy Acadia and Ellsworth Public Schools.

The aim of the conference is to bring educators, school food service staff, and farm to school and garden organizers together to share best practices from around Maine and the country. Workshop topics will include local purchasing and processing, school orchards, seed saving, best cafeteria practices, boat to school, extending the school garden season, waste reduction and cafeteria composting, and much more.

Speakers will include Chelsea Simpson of the National Farm to School Network; Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb; and John Piotti, president of Maine Farmland Trust.

Conference registration costs $20, and is now open online. Contact Ken Morse, at [email protected] or 393-0134.

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