- State Program Manager:Ryan Parker
For more information on getting involved with FoodCorps in Maine, please contact Ryan.
Why Serve in Maine?
Maine is much more than lobster and blueberries (although it’s no small feat to produce over 90% of the nation’s supply of lobsters and blueberries). With more coastline than California, over 3,000 islands, 17 million acres of forest, and the mile high Mt. Katahdin, it’s easy to find your niche in Maine.
Maine has a strong agricultural community, with a thriving young farmer population. In fact, Maine is one of only four states to see an increase in the number of farmers in the last two agricultural census counts. It’s easy to see why. Maine is home to employee-owned Johnny’s Selected Seeds, advocate and farmer Eliot Coleman, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country and host of the annual Common Ground Country Fair!
And yet, 15% of Mainers–and one in four children–are food insecure. Teachers and administrators throughout Maine schools are extremely concerned about the ability of their students to thrive and learn when they do not get enough to eat or are only exposed to unhealthy foods. They are ready for change!
All of these factors make Maine fertile ground for the work of FoodCorps service members. FoodCorps is heavily focused on long-term sustainability and cultural shifts within schools and our communities. If you want to change the world, start with Maine.