Eastern Shore Food System 2030 - Map A

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1. Extension offices, classes in canning and dehydrated (drying) local foods

1.1. Too labor intensive for most consumers

1.1.1. So true!

2. Sustainable plentiful/fishing industry, Bay health

3. Good jobs for good farmers.

3.1. We all need each other

3.1.1. Fair equitable labor More immigrants Easier federal process for labor Great people everyone needs work

3.1.2. Yes!

3.2. Eastern Shore kids have jobs to stay here as adults

3.3. Need to educate/engage youth in agriculture

3.3.1. Should be easy to educate us all-we all eat, everyday, even in recession

3.3.2. Return to home cooking and knowing where its coming from. If we do, all small business restaurants will go under

3.3.3. Community service projects to feed hungry receive credits for high school 90 hours required Nice idea! School gardens Mandatory! Education We need these Community gardens and tech assistance everywhere for community food centers! Super idea Agree

3.3.4. Both younger generation of existing farm families and new/emerging "immigrating" farmers

3.4. Economocially viable farm business plans

3.4.1. Then need GMO Hell no GMO is destructive I willingly pay more for GMO free grain for animals and for organic for crops

3.4.2. Learn about cover crops and barrier grasses

3.4.3. Food is recognized as a primary economic driver for the region Its a labor intensive local economy that is natural resource bases and waiting to be born here. We have access to largest underdeveloped land mass and demographic centers (1/3 of countries population in an hour drive) How do we focus on this amazing opportunity rather than our differences Where do we find skilled, CHEAP, labor to keep food costs down Where are the watermen in this conversation?

4. Plentiful young farmers

4.1. Lowers demographic age of aging counties

4.1.1. Profitable farms with good market opportunities allowing young farmers to envision a viable business opportunity Public has to value clean food What is clean food? Processed food is still cheapest

5. Mariculture/aguaculture hub (labor intensive)

5.1. Aguaculture is capital intensive

5.1.1. Energy intensive here Less than traditional farming It uses significantly less water but what about energy cost associated with heating

5.1.2. It does not have to be. Example is growing power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois Check cost of growing power its raising $

5.1.3. How to get more capital for aquaculture Seafood is coming from overseas and not as healthy. Needed Any food hub has to include aquaculture-both are deserving of public support

5.2. Can local workers be entised and trained?

5.2.1. Great question

5.2.2. Yes if we value their output if we are looking for "cheap" labor they wont come

6. Mobile processing facilities (ie meat, poultry)

6.1. Good use of resources pulling assets

6.2. We need Eastern Shore mobile processing units

6.3. Needs to be cheaper

6.3.1. True we need to figure out how to get it happen

7. Sustainable regenerative farming provides healthy soil, healthy food, and sequester carbon

8. Is there enough land to sustainably feed everyone

8.1. Absolutely! This kind of farming is labor intensive-creates jobs-and not land intensive! (except for environmentally required buffer strips that absorb N, P sediment and water and provide habitat and food for disappearing Eastern Shore wildlife!

8.1.1. Hell yes Working with land owners Yes. Land owners need to be a part of movement

8.2. Yes, other parts of the country are doing this

8.3. Green (roofs) community

8.3.1. All new construction requires

8.3.2. What is a green roof community? Roof top gardens

9. Poverty is higher than ever

9.1. Thats depressing

9.2. Food banks need to pick up from farms more(more trucks) food waste has to end

9.3. Get jobs in farming out there. People looking for work, we need to stay in state

10. Lots of small growers with diverse, sustainably reduced crops

10.1. Supplying markets or grocery chains?

10.1.1. Full of amazing fresh local food Local fresh food has more nutrients. Veggies lose nutrients as they age Better transportation needed Local foods are accessable and are preferred by all not just those that can afford it Need to teach public more about local food, they need it the most Huge brand awareness demand Chesapeake harvest branding and individual farm transparency Food tourism epicenter Will need to make local food more inclusive and not just a ( foodie thing) Maryland Department of Agriculture will need much more financial resources to accomplish this

10.1.2. Supplying all buyers-institutions, grocers, public, within a sustainable 200 mile food shed

10.1.3. Food hub to coordinate logistics between farms and buyers Should include seafood for central shore food hub Need watermen input on food hub

10.2. Practical business assistance for young and beginning farmers

10.2.1. Where are the beginning farmers They are out there-lets find the incentives that bring them here

10.3. Aggregation?

10.4. Supply farm to school

10.4.1. How-costs too much to sustain year round Need to start paying real cost for food Year round growing is happening

10.4.2. Kids know where their food comes from School to farmers and farms School farms not just gardens

10.4.3. Culinary schools curriculum Learning nutrition for good health Alot of interesting facts that we dont know eg. chopping garlic, Omega 3 ratio? loss of nutrients over week-eat fresher Food handling This is imperative for all students Commercial kitchens as business incubators Support local businesses Tie into school science lessons Train restaurants, chefs, and servers about local food Preparing and eating great foods can be fun and be a way to make a living Learning culinary skills can happen at all ages

10.5. Profitable farms creating livable wage jobs both on the farm and in town

10.5.1. Youth learns environment issues and good work habits We can all learn of interconnectedness between personal food choices and personal/public health and environment (water, soil, etc) Yes it will take a village but that is essential

10.5.2. Will need tax credits, grants subsidies to sustain or at least help initially New farmers need starting funds and then share knowledge with future farmers in return Yes Thats right on Where $ What about farm business technical assistance too? Need assistance building required food infrastructure-hub, distribution and ? Can UM extension be expanded0

11. Diversify farming - produces larger variety of small crops.

11.1. Focus on nutrient density of crops and on nutrient difference between pastor vs CAFO animals and eggs.

11.1.1. More products mean more nutrients required costs go up

12. No more hunger on the shore!

12.1. Supply extra to food banks. We need more transportation to get from A to B.

12.1.1. More cold storage is needed for fresh food. True

12.1.2. Also, special ed schools could supply local pantries. Great idea. All schools could help too

12.1.3. Gleaning from farms and develop of market for seconds. Limit resource. Yes Especially when you consider health impacts, $ , :(

13. Clean Bay my kids can swim in.

13.1. And fish in!

14. This needs to be a general policy and vision by state to make all of this happen. Piece meal and wishful thinking wont produce desired results.

14.1. Food policy counsel

14.2. Yes