Join Maine Farmland Trust’s Executive Director John Piotti for a lively presentation and discussion about the state of farming and how — if we are smart about it — farming can become the centerpiece of a sustainable future for Maine.

The event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Camden Public Library, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to all.

About the speaker:

Currently executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, John Piotti has been at the fore of agriculture issues in Maine for more than 15 years. In 1995, he created and then managed the Maine Farms Project for Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Maine’s premiere community development organization. He participated in the Millennium Commission on Hunger & Food Security, Maine’s Farm Vitality Task Force, and the Governor’s Dairy Task Force. He also served in the Maine Legislature, where he chaired the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Beyond Maine, he has served as chair of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and a director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. In 2005, Pioti was one of only eight Americans awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship; he studied European models that use agriculture to advance sustainable community development.

This presentation is offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 25th Annual Camden Conference: The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do we have what it takes?, Feb. 17-19, 2012. For more information, please call 236-1034 or visit camdenconference.org.