The 2016 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge is now open for team registration. This year the Challenge has added a track for college teams. The Challenge for both the Enterprise and College Track will be held at Bowdoin College, November 11-13, 2016. Further information can be found at   The Sustainability Lab is the convener of the Challege.

Maine Farm, Fish & Food Innovation Challenge Kick-Off Event
Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the McKeen Center for the Common Good.


Join us to hear Michael Rozyne, Founder and Evangelist, Red Tomato. Sustainable Food—Healthy, Green, Fair, Affordable: Can We Have It All and Scale It Up?


M Rozyne

Wednesday, October 21. 7:30 PM
Bowdoin College
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium


Michael Rozyne ’78 will share his story and experience growing two social venture food businesses- Equal Exchange and Red Tomato. He will describe the current sustainable/ local food movement in the U.S., the issues, challenges, and obstacles that must be overcome to ‘scale up’ this movement, and how innovation, technology, and collaboration might come into play.


Michael's Bio:
Michael Rozyne, ‘78 is executive director of Red Tomato, a non-profit business connecting farmers to consumers, relying on wholesale distribution to deliver farm products to local grocery stores. Previously Rozyne co-founded Equal Exchange, a cooperative business that trades food in a way that empowers both farmers and consumers.

Yarmouth, ME - Katherine Greenleaf, Chair of the Board of Trustees, announced that the Lab has received two grants, one from The Davis Conservation Foundation and the other from the Libra Foundation. The Davis grant will be used to develop the Lab's project on Local Farms - Local Foods. The Libra grant will be used to develop the Lab's new program - Boot Camp for Young Social Entrepreneurs.

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May 11, 2013 - The Sustainability Lab announced that it is releasing a 1980 report entitled The Past, the Present and the Future Competitiveness of Maine Agriculture in a digital format. The report was first published by the Maine Consortium for Food Self-Reliance under a grant from the Community Services Administration. The purpose of the study "is to collect and analyze our fragmentary knowledge about the food system, its past, its present and its probable future." This study provides a benchmark for Mane agriculture as of 1977. The Consortium was comprised of The Center for Human Ecology Studies (the predecessor of The Sustainability Lab), Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Maine Audubon Society, Maine Federation of Cooperatives, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Northeast Carry, Sam Ely Community Services and Sam Ely Community Land Trust and The Small Farm Management and Technology Project.   Download Here