Originally published in The Weekly Packet, February 27, 2014
Brooklin voters to weigh in on food ordinance
by Faith DeAmbrose
Brooklin voters are called to a public hearing on Monday, March 10, to discuss an ordinance proposed for the April town meeting cycle.
Titled the Brooklin Local Food and Community Self-governance Ordinance of 2014, it aims “to protect the health and integrity of the local food system in the town of Brooklin.”
The ordinance, similar to those passed in the towns of Blue Hill, Brooksville, Isle au Haut, Penobscot and Sedgwick, seeks to exempt a farmer from licensing requirements if a sale occurs between a willing seller and buyer and is used for home consumption.
According to the proposed ordinance: “Producers or processors of local foods in the Town of Brooklin are exempt from licensure and inspection provided that the transaction is only between the producer or processor and a patron when the food is sold for home consumption. This includes any producer or processor who sells his or her products at farmers’ markets or roadside stands; sells his or her products through farm-based sales directly to a patron; or delivers his or her products directly to patrons.”
The ordinance states that its legal justification is rooted in provisions of the Maine Constitution (Article 1, § 2), the Declaration of Independence and in Maine statute (Title 30-A, § 3001; Title 7, §1-A, 1-B, 201-A ).
Copies of the ordinance are available from the town clerk during business hours or can be accessed at localfoodrules.org.
The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at the Brooklin School library.