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In a sad illustration of the difference between a risk and a hazard, a little girl in TN lies in the hospital with ruined kidneys after her parents fed her raw milk from a cow-share.  This heart brea…

In a sad illustration of the difference between a risk and a hazard, a little girl in TN lies in the hospital with ruined kidneys after her parents fed her raw milk from a cow-share.  This…


Added by Michele Pfannenstiel on November 20, 2013 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Hurry up and speak out to save local farms and food

You have until November 15 to speak up to save local food and farms from the nasty machinations of big Ag as it manipulates new rules to put you out of business.  Really. Here I copy a post by Tom Philpott, the voice of truth in food politics: I do this to alert you to action.

4 Foods That Could Disappear If New Food Safety Rules Pass…


Added by Sandy Garson on November 7, 2013 at 12:20am — No Comments

Starting to think about a HACCP plan

As America's food system becomes more professionalized and distribution channels widen, small producers and plants have an opportunity to move into new markets.  Consumers are looking for safe, wholesome food, and entrepreneurs are stepping up to provide new products, or put an new twist on established products.

Food however, exists in a regulatory framework.  If you want to grow your business into wholesale, sell meat, dairy, seafood or juice, someone is going to regulate you.  And…


Added by Michele Pfannenstiel on June 10, 2013 at 4:17pm — No Comments

UMaine Extension in Cumberland County is hiring an Administrative Specialist CL1

Department:  Cooperative Extension (Cumberland County

Hourly Wage:  $12.20

Position is available to employees of the Associated C.O.L.T. Staff of the University of Maine from 04-26-13 through 05-02-13 and open to external applicants thereafter.




Full-time, regular position, 40 hours per…


Added by Andrea on May 7, 2013 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Kickstarter Project- help our business grow!

Sunnyfield Farm & Baking Co. in Wells is raising funds via Kickstarter to rent a commercial kitchen and develop packaging for our artisanal biscotti business.

Widowed in 2009 and with 3 kids to support, I started a small organic garden and baking business out of my parent's farm kitchen. It has since grown into a business focused on baking amazing, all-natural biscotti (and marshmallows and graham crackers, etc.) We need to grow to meet customer demand and need all the help we can…


Added by Elizabeth Mott on April 7, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Farmhouse for rent in Waterboro with large garden areas, possible CSA or market garden

1850s farmhouse on 60 acres in beautiful ridgetop location. Chicken house and small sheep shed, lots of garden space, apple trees, potential for market garden or small CSA.  Trails for walking, x-country skiing, snowshoeing.  35 – 40 minutes to Portland, 15-20 minutes to Saco or Sanford.  No smoking on premises.  Pets possible, depending on specifics.  Woodstove and oil heat.  2.5 bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, living room, den/dining room, partially finished attic.  Owner lives in separate…


Added by Jeff Edelstein on February 28, 2013 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Beware what's on supermarket shelves

Here is an early Valentine you can share with those you love.

Because you wouldn't want to poison or cheat them, would you?

Well, then beware the supermarket and head for your local farmers' market even in midwinter.  The United States Pharmacopeial Convention has let loose a little data from its long study of fraudulent grocery store products, fraudulent in that they don't contain…


Added by Sandy Garson on January 28, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Atlantic Sea Scallops


I am writing to let you know that our exquisite day boat, dry, boat run, 10/20s (10-20large scallops/lb) Atlantic Sea Scallops will be available for sale on these following dates at the well lit Westcustogo Parking Lot in N. Yarmouth on Rt 115.  Our scallops are not soaked in any chemicals or water to increase their weight, please see educational link for further information on buying scallops.…


Added by Tracy Ann Ames on January 9, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Job Opening for BikeMaine Food Coordinator

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Maine’s largest bike advocacy organization, is launching BikeMaine, a week long, 400 mile mass bicycle ride around Maine set to begin in September 2013.   BikeMaine, designed to be “a rolling celebration of Maine,” will use a different cycle route each September to explore the inland and coastal regions of the state, with riders camping in a designated host community each of 7 nights.   The host communities will prepare breakfast and…


Added by Kim Anderson True on January 7, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments

Our local garlic could save your life

Farmers Market Garlic could save your life

Just a reminder: to save your life, make every effort now to stock up on as much local farm grown garlic as you dare. There's plenty of it at farmer's markets as September ends, all sorts of varieties with varying degrees of hardiness. I saw plenty at the Common Ground Fair markets.  Any variety will keep you going strong.

Remember, garlic is a vital medicine for the…


Added by Sandy Garson on September 24, 2012 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

Harvesting blueberries: Do We Need Longer Rakes?

I just posted the benefits of a longer rake at:

The longer rake isn't a new idea.  Here's a link to a 1986…


Added by Christopher Maloney on August 27, 2012 at 7:37am — No Comments

Feeding the People

Hi All!


I trust most are enjoying their summer. Summer in Maine, where if you live here, you use summer as a noun, not a verb. It's a stand alone feature that comes with the territory.  Your heart has to be here with the rest of you. That's how it is. Simple and understood.


Simple and understood. That's how most of us here like it. That's how we like our food and drink; raise our families and pursue a living. It's how we like our rules and regulations;…


Added by Lillian M. Lake on July 5, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

"Apathy is Democracy's Greatest Enemy"

Hi All!

By now, most, if not all of you here either know Jim Gerritsen personally, or at least are familiar with his work as head of Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA). Jim has lead the farmer's charge against Monsanto, as he and 83 courageous and conscientious farmers filed a lawsuit against Monsanto. Jim is loathe to leave his Wood Prairie Farm in…


Added by Lillian M. Lake on May 23, 2012 at 8:54am — No Comments

Laws of Attraction

Hi All!  

While many of you are busy tilling up the earth in preparation of another year's growth, or turning dairy animals out to pasture, here in the Western Mts. we are moving more than the earth. Last Saturday, April 28th was the First Annual Local Food Day: Fiddlehead Festival.  As posted previously there were many events scheduled. They were well-attended, particularly Dr. Lapping's keynote speech and…


Added by Lillian M. Lake on May 2, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Maine Buying Clubs

Is there any resource out there that lists the various Buying Clubs in Maine?

Added by Lisa Giulianelli on April 29, 2012 at 6:49am — 1 Comment

Proper labelling in farmers' markets.

I just did a post on my blog about trying to figure out who my picker was for my grapes.  But I also think about how many wonderful things I've purchased at Farmer's markets and how rarely I get decent contact information from the wonderful growers.  I remember getting a great concoction in a nice glass jar and keeping the…


Added by Christopher Maloney on April 22, 2012 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Western Mountains Fever

Hi All!

Oh, my gosh! Days of meeting myself at the door and wonder "who are you, and what are you doing in my life!" are becoming the norm. I am frequently up at 4AM and keep on moving til 10 or 11 or later. Last night was the latter, later. 

Food for Maine's Future is just crazily busy. We not only connect locally, and by that I mean, Maine, but nationally and internationally. It is exciting for me to talk with…


Added by Lillian M. Lake on April 11, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Kickstart Maine local food projects!

Kickstarter is a great way to support local food projects.  There are at least three Maine farms and food businesses trying to raise funds on now:

Somerset Grist Mill is a start-up milling company that will mill Maine grown wheat, corn, oats, rye and heritage grains.  Located in the heart of downtown Skowhegan in the old county jail, it has become a hub of food activity –home to the farmer’s market; a multifarm…


Added by Linzee Weld on March 31, 2012 at 2:51pm — 2 Comments

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