Representative Craig V. Hickman
Rep. Craig Hickman, an organic farmer, small business owner, chef, poet and author, is serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives. As a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, he has championed food sovereignty, food security and other efforts to protect Maine’s small family farms and promote rural economic development.
Inspired by his father, a World War II veteran, and his wise mother, Hickman has spent most of his life serving his community and feeding people. He is currently chair of the Winthrop Area Rotary Foundation, vice president of Theater at Monmouth and serves on the boards of the Annabessacook Lake Improvement Association, Western Kennebec Economic Development Alliance, Winthrop Conservation Commission and Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen. In 2011, Hickman received a Spirit of America Foundation Award for Community Service.
Hickman’s award-winning memoir, “Fumbling Toward Divinity,” chronicles his search and reunion with his biological family. A critically acclaimed theatrical performance artist, he’s a National Poetry Slam champion and the recipient of the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement.
Hickman is the first openly gay African-American in history to serve in the Maine House of Representatives. Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Hickman moved to New England to attend Harvard University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government. He and his spouse, Jop Blom, live in Winthrop, where they own and operate Annabessacook Farm, a sustainable farm, raising organic produce, dairy and livestock. They also host the Winthrop Community Gardens and a fresh food bank for anyone in need.
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Rep. Hickman serves as the House chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources; agricultural fairs, products and marketing; animal control and welfare; food safety, inspection and labeling; dairy industry; pesticides regulation; nutrient management; farmland preservation; Department of Conservation; state parks, historic sites, public lands, submerged lands and coastal islands registry; Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC); geological surveying and mapping; forest management, marketing, utilization, health and fire control; the Land for Maine's Future Program; and Baxter State Park.
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192 Annabessacook Road
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