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By Merry Hall
Saving Seeds is a quarterly journal supporting local food sovereignty published by Food for Maine's Future. We need funding to get the next four issues out to the public.
How much money are you trying to raise and how will you use it?
We need $6000 to publish and circulate the next four quarterly issues of SAVING SEEDS, Maine's Food Sovereignty Journal. Funds will be used for printing and circulating this highly educational journal in support of the local food movement in Maine, nationally, and internationally.
How will your venture rock the world? What's your vision?
Food for Maine's Future is the Grange of the 21st century. We are activist/advocates for small farmers, farm workers, and their patrons against the corporate monopolies.
Tell us three reasons why you think your venture will be successful.
1) People want and need to know what Food for Maine's Future is accomplishing and the challenges we are facing. 2) SAVING SEEDS keeps us in touch with the local food patrons we serve. 3) We give a voice to the voiceless.
What's the back story? What led to the birth of this venture?
Food for Maine's Future, a non-profit organization, functions on a shoestring budget, under increasing competition from other service agencies for foundation grant money now that the government has cut back on funding for all but those in support of the corporate monopoly. The part of our reduced budget that would have funded SAVING SEEDS went instead to supporting our hands-on projects: Saving Seeds Farm, Corn Seed Collaborative, Feeding Migrant Farm Workers in Maine, and supporting Local Food Ordinances which have passed in 8 Maine towns.
Tell us about yourself. What skills and experience do you bring to this venture?
I am a writer and retired English teacher who is on the Board of Directors of Food for Maine's Future and write their grant proposals. I am the author of a book, BRINGING FOOD HOME: THE MAINE EXAMPLE. I am dedicated to the cause and aware of all the things happening in the local food movement that folks who read SAVING SEEDS need to know about. I write a column for the journal. I also co-host an online radio show at Blog Talk Radio, called ENVISION THIS!, where we interview visionaries weekly, many of them in the local food field.
What inspires you to do this work?
I am committed to helping humanity to achieve a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future. This has become the focal mission of my life for the sake of my grandchildren, their grandchildren, and all the potential inhabitants of Earth, both human and more-than-human. Access to healthy food and resilient communities are crucial to this mission. I would see myself as part of the problem humanity is visiting upon the earth if I were not doing my best to be part of the solution.
What is your favorite food experience?
Losing 65 pounds while enjoying plentiful natural, nutrient-dense foods after having gorged myself on sugary processed foods for much of my life. This is epitomized by my savoring cherry tomatoes and raw peas fresh off the vines in our own front yard.
Anything else you'd like to share?