Why buy local?
UMaine Dining is committed to buying local because local food and products support the farmers and producers who make a living in Maine and the New England region each year.
Our commitment has grown from a partnership started in 2007 with one farm (Lakeside Farms in Newport, ME) and one product, (fresh carrots) to now over 26 local farms, 33 local businesses and over 900 individual products.
We are a leader in the State of Maine for institutional local food implementation and share our story with others in the community to help them follow the same business models. Staff are active participants in FINE (Farm to Institution New England), a six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working to transform the food system by increasing the amount of local foods served in schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions.
Glenn Taylor, Director of Dining Services, is the recipient of The Portland Press Herald’s Scion Award for his dedication to sourcing and using local products at the University of Maine’s Orono Campus. Under his direction, UMaine Dining currently sources 21% of items from local sources.