Maine Chapter Event: From Farm to Healthy Body

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Date(s) - 10/19/19
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wells Commons Conference Center

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From Farm to Healthy Body: A Sustainable Model for the Planet and the Individual

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Wells Commons Conference Center • University of Maine • Orono, Maine

Dear Fulbrighters and Friends of Fulbright,

The Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association is pleased to announce its upcoming event on Saturday, October 19, 2019, entitled, “From Farm to Healthy Body: A Sustainable Model for the Planet and the Individual.” The objectives of this event are to improve awareness of how and why practices, conditions and behaviors involved in planting, growing, harvesting, transporting, processing food have, for better or worse, a huge impact on human health.

Feel free print out to circulate the lovely flyer (attached) prepared courtesy of UMaine (Orono). (It is safe to open!)  We hope to attract Fulbright alumni, visiting Fulbrighters, newly awarded Fulbrighters, and guests. A Campus map is included on flyer.



Since space is limited, please RSVP if you will have lunch and/or plan to attend the event to: Elaine Potoker:, with a copy to: Dorothy Klimis-Zacas: no later than OCTOBER 1, 2019.

Please RSVP by responding to the questions below:

Do you plan to attend the Event? Yes   No   (There is no cost to attend.)

Do you plan to attend the Lunch? Yes   No

Will you be bringing a guest?        Yes   No        How many? (    )

Do you or your guest have any dietary restrictions? If yes, please describe—vegetarian; vegan; gluten-free; lactose-free; sugar-free; other?


NOTE: Fulbright alumni and others who are members of the Fulbright Association will not be charged for lunch, but space is limited, so pls. register early. Your guests will pay $25.00 at registration (check or cash for exact amount, please). Cancellations received after Oct. 16 will be charged.

Will you be attending our Annual Business Meeting? Yes   No




Sarah Alexander, Executive Director of Maine’s Organic Farmers, Gardeners Association (MOFGA), began working as MOFGA’s executive director on August 13, 2018. She has over 15 years of experience advocating for sustainable, local and fair food systems.

John Jemison, PhD, is Extension Professor of Soil and Water Quality; he develops and delivers educational programs designed to encourage growers and homeowners to implement practices to improve soils and protect surface and ground water supplies. His research program focuses on soil management strategies to improve soil health, reduce risk to water quality, and boost local food production.

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, PhD., FACN, is Professor of Clinical Nutrition, School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine, and collaborating professor at the University of Milan (DeFENs), Italy and Harokopio University of Nutrition and Dietetics, Athens, Greece. She is a Fulbright Fellow and a member of the Fulbright Board, Maine Chapter. She teaches and researches during the role of nutrients and food bioactive constituents on human health and chronic disease.

John Navazzo, PhD, Leafy Greens and Root Crops Breeder at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, China. He has spent the past 20 years as both a commercial plant breeder and teaching plant breeding at the College level. He is co-founder of the non-profit advocacy organization, the Organic Seed Alliance, in Port Townsend, Washington.

Balu Nayak, PhD, Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine. Dr. Nayak is an expert in sustainable food processing and engineering and has been extensively investigating the development of sustainable processes and product approaches for high value- added aquaculture seaweed products. He is the director of Food Processing and Engineering Laboratory at the School of Food and Agriculture at UMaine.

9:30 am Registration, coffee, networking

10:00 am Welcome

Faye Gilbert, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Elaine Potoker, President, Maine Chapter, Fulbright Association

10:15 am Overview and Introduction

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, Professor of Clinical Nutrition, University of Maine Board Member, Maine Chapter, Fulbright Association

10:30–11:00 am Local Food Systems, Sustainability and Human Health

Sarah Alexander, Executive Director, Maine Organic Farmers, Gardeners Association (MOFGA)

11:00-11:10 am Questions/discussion

11:15-11:45 am Soil Management for Healthy Food and a Healthy Planet

John Jemison, Soil and Water Quality Specialist, Special Project Administrator for Scholarship and Research,University of Maine Cooperative Extension

11:45-11:55 am Questions/discussion

12:00-1:15 pm Luncheon

1:15-1:45 pm How do Post-Harvesting and Processing Methods Influence Food Safety?

Balu Nayak, Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Maine

1:45-1:55 pm Questions/discussion

2:00-2:30 pm Breeding Cold Hardy Leafy Green Vegetables for Winter Production in Colder Temperate Climates

John Navazzo, Leafy Greens and Root Crops Breeder, Johnny’s Selected Seeds

2:30-2:40 pm Questions/discussion

2:40-2:50pm Summary

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, Professor of Clinical Nutrition, University of Maine Board Member, Maine Chapter, Fulbright Association

3:00-4:30pm Maine Chapter, Fulbright Association Annual Business Meeting (Open to Maine Chapter Fulbright members)


NOTE: This program has been made possible by support from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and by The President’s Office, University of Maine and the School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine.


See to join! Your membership in the Fulbright Association helps defray the cost of our events!


Directions to Wells Conference Center, 131 Munson Road, University of Maine

From the North or South:

  • Interstate Route 95 to Exit 193–Stillwater Avenue.
  • If traveling from the North, turn left on Stillwater Avenue at end of ramp.
  • If traveling from the South, turn right on Stillwater Avenue at the end o the ramp.
  • At the fourth traffic light, turn right onto College Avenue.
  • Follow College Avenue approximately 1 mile to the Alfond Arena on your left. Turn left just after the Alfond Arena to enter campus.
  • At the top of a small incline just after entering the campus, parking lots will be on both sides of the road.
  • Wells Conference Center is located to the right in that area.

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