Product Spotlight: How to Increase Regionally-Sourced Grains in Institutions
Is your institution looking to expand your local menu items? When it comes to reaching your institution’s sustainable food goals, grains are an important piece of the puzzle. Join FINE and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSCN) for a one-hour webinar to learn more about regional grain production and how it can be a cost effective choice for your institution. Across the state of Maine, allies are working to transform the grain economy by increasing production and reducing procurement bottlenecks while serving and educating customers.

Learn more about grain resources, research, and success stories from the farm to institution world. Amber Lambke of Maine Grains will discuss the scale and land required to produce grains regionally. She will also share leading examples of food service operations that are preparing local grains deliciously and economically. Amber will be joined by two other speakers, who are all seeding ideas to grow the New England grain economy. Tristan Noyes of the Maine Grain Alliance will share educational and procurement resources for institutions. He will discuss the Alliance's work to restore grain varieties while also increasing the supply of unique and heritage seeds to commercial viability on farms. He will speak to some of the industry’s challenges and solutions, including exciting grain infrastructure enhancements that are alleviating procurement bottlenecks. Maeve McInnis, Sodexo’s Maine Course Director will offer an institutional perspective on using regionally grown grains in university dining halls and their efforts to engage and educate students and staff in their support of this regional supply chain.

Nov 19, 2019 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amber Lambke
CEO and Founder @Maine Grains, Inc.
Amber Lambke is founder and CEO of Maine Grains, Inc., carried by specialty food stores and used by bakeries, breweries and chefs throughout the Northeast. She is also the founding director of the non-profit Maine Grain Alliance whose flagship event, the Kneading Conference, now draws hundreds of attendees from around the world each year and has spawned countless similar conferences. A driving force behind Maine’s sustainable foods movement, Amber has worked with local business leaders and community members to successfully bring the cultivation and processing of grains back to the northeast. Her efforts have generated a broader understanding and appreciation of the flavor, nutrition and economic value of freshly milled, organic grains.
Tristan Noyes
Executive Director @Maine Grain Alliance
Tristan Noyes is the executive director of the Maine Grain Alliance (MGA), an organization fostering the revitalization of local and regional grain economies. Tristan and his brother Jon also co-founded and lead GROMAINE, an organic farm in Aroostook County that specializes in producing leafy greens, potatoes and ancient grains. Prior to starting Gromaine, Tristan served as Director at EF Education, a company specializing in breaking down the barriers of language, culture, and geography. Most recently Tristan has helped spearhead Taste Maine’s Future, an initiative focused on creating new sales channels for Maine food producers through education, storytelling and celebratory events. Tristan is a graduate of Bowdoin Colleg
Maeve McInnis
Maine Course Director @Sodexo
Maeve McInnis is the Maine Course Director with Sodexo. In this position, she oversees the local food purchasing all of the company’s accounts in the state of Maine, including the University of Maine. McInnis, originally from Cape Neddick, ME and a current resident of Portland, earned a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management with a specialization in Food & the Environment from The New School in New York. She sits on the board of the Portland Food Council and the Maine Grain Alliance. Her passion for social justice, local food systems, and the environment makes her the perfect person to lead this effort to serve more local food at a variety of sites throughout Maine.