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Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation

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An innovation hub for sustainable agriculture & economic development supporting Maine’s food & beverage industry.

ADVANCING OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY AND WELLNESS

The Institute is driven by our institutional pursuit of environmental and social justice.

ENTERPRISES

The Institute seeks to develop small and midsize food producers and manufacturers through the operation of food enterprises.

Food Business Incubator

Hydroponic Farm

Crop and Livestock Farm

Agritourism

Workforce Training

OUR PARTNERS

The Institute is a collaboration of Saint Joseph’s College, the federal government, regional planners, corporate partners, and individuals determined to make a difference.

US Economic Development Administration

Greater Portland Council Of Governments

Portland Region Food Foundry

Hannaford Charitable Foundation

INFRASTRUCTURE & TECHNOLOGY

Construction of a hydroponic greenhouse, 3,400 s.f. food community kitchen, livestock barn, municipal water supply, and renewable energy systems will begin in 2018.

COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The Institute offers agricultural and food industry programming designed to meet the needs of workers and lifelong learners interested in building skills and competencies, beginning in 2018.

IN THE NEWS

Professor Mark Green instructs a student in the hydroponic farm

Rising to the Challenge

Elyse Caiazzo '18

A Knack for Leadership

Diagram of proposed greenhouse

Training the Next Generation of New England Food Entrepreneurs

Tyler Barrows measures seedling growth

Farm Offers Experiential Learning Opportunity

Hayley Winslow '18

Business Planning with Purpose

Student Trio Operates Freight Farm

Student Trio Operates Freight Farm

Lee Kennedy- On Finding Balance

On Finding Balance

Danny and Joe Shaw

All Roads Lead to the Farm