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Careers in Locavore Economy
Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:00-8:30PM
Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Informal Conversation and Refreshments Afterwards
There is more to the locavore movement than farmer’s markets on the green! Maine is an incubator of entrepreneurial opportunities connected to the food economy, and Bowdoin alumni are playing an active role in its success. Come learn about their work, challenges and areas of growth. Panelists include representatives from the fishing industry, craft beer movement, international tea import start-up, and the role that foundations are playing in supporting local food initiatives. Refreshments will follow.
This will be a moderated discussion with plenty of time for questions and informal conversation over refreshments.The panelists are:
Jay Espy, ’79 executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. Based in Brunswick, the foundation focuses on the environment, animal welfare, and human well-being, primarily in Maine.
Before becoming executive director of the Sewall Foundation, Espy served as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization. During his tenure, the Trust accelerated its land protection efforts along Maine’s entire coast by conserving more than 125,000 acres and establishing the Maine Land Trust Network, which helps build capacity of local land trusts throughout Maine. Jay has an A.B. in Economics from Bowdoin and master’s degrees in business and environmental studies from Yale’s School of Management and its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Sara Holby, ’08 founder Anjiri Tea, Kenya
After graduating from Bowdoin College in May 2008, Sara Holby headed to Kisii, in western Kenya, to volunteer for a health-related non-governmental organization (NGO). When funding ran short for the NGO Sara worked with local women (and her sister and Mom), to found Anjiri tea, a non-profit that directly benefits local women, farmers and aids orphans. Anjiri Tea also supports Anjiri Foundation which together form a sustainable trade cycle to educate orphans in Western Kenya. Sarah was an ES/History major, who went to Kenya after graduation with a Global Citizen Grant from Bowdoin’s McKeen Center. In her senior year, Sara was a co-president of the Outing Club.
Sean Sullivan, ’08, executive director, Maine Brewers’ Guild, and Co-founder, Buoy Local
The Maine Brewers’ Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in Maine. The guild’s mission is to keep Maine in the forefront of the craft beer revolution by offering high quality and creative diversity for the customer. Buoy Local is a community-minded technology company based in Portland, ME with a mission to help consumers spend locally and grow greater Portland’s economy. The company offers a single, community-based, ‘open loop’ gift card that enables consumers to buy locally from their favorite independent stores and businesses in the Portland region. Sean was an Art History major at Bowdoin.
Lucy Van Hook, ’06 Fisheries Program Coordinator, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association
Lucy is the Fisheries Program Coordinator at the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and provides support to the groundfish sector as the Sector Data Analyst. She works on projects that focus on sustaining the inshore groundfish fishermen of Maine. Projects include building a greater constituency and increasing fishermen engagement, fishing gear and monitoring research, business planning for fishermen and expanding communication and outreach efforts to build a strong foundation for the organization.
Though Lucy’s marine fishing experience is limited to trolling for mackerel, she grew up spending time in Penobscot Bay and has spent the last ten years living in Mid-coast Maine. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a focus in biology and environmental studies and spent several years conducting field-based research in a fresh water tidal ecosystem. Most recently, she earned her masters degree in climate science policy with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to building policy