“The Cooperative is Maine and New England’s best opportunity to create a functioning, farm-to-family food system that will address food security, stabilize capital in the agriculture sector, and offer jobs and investment opportunities for the region’s farmers, value-added food craftspeople, distributors, and independent grocery store operators. The Cooperative’s unique experience, expertise, and capacity to build sustainable relationships between partners throughout Maine and New England’s food system gives me hope that, sooner rather than later, we will achieve the ambitious dream of Mainers feeding Mainers with fresh, local, affordable food and agricultural products.”