Brooklin to vote on local food sovereignty ordinance

BROOKLIN— Voters at the annual Town Meeting April 5 will be asked to consider approving a local food sovereignty ordinance.

The ordinance would be similar to those already passed in the towns of Blue Hill, Sedgwick, Penobscot, Isle au Haut and Brooksville.

“We’d like to be part of the assertion that there is a legal space where municipalities can assert themselves with respect to traditional foodways,” said sponsor Hendrik Gideonse. “This includes potlucks, church suppers and the transactions between independent farmers and food processors and customers for purchase for home consumption.”

If Brooklin voters approve the ordinance, very little would change, Gideonse said.

“It’s a codification of the idea that the partners are knowledgeable about what they’re doing and trust each other,” he said. “It’s raising the attention of the state level officials and the Legislature that there’s something of value here.”

For more information or a copy of the proposed ordinance for Brooklin, go to

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