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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

 

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Full-time, regular position, 40 hours per…

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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…

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

Resilient Roots Permaculture Farm CSA

This is Resilient Roots Permaculture Farms first CSA season! Were trying to keep it as affordable as possible for the community.The Summer CSA shares will run from June through October.Registrations for the Winter CSA will be in August.

 Full Summer Shares will be $350, which feeds 4 people on a weekly…

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Added by Resilient Roots on March 27, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Eastern Cumberland County Permaculture Meetup

Eastern Cumberland County Permaculture is a project of Resilient Roots with special focus on the communities of Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Gray, Pownal, Freeport, Durham and New Gloucester.

Our mission is to empower local communities and individuals with skill sets to positively respond to environmental, social and personal change through experiential Permaculture driven education, fostering resilient human habitats while…

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Added by Resilient Roots on March 8, 2013 at 2:04pm — 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…

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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…

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

Atlantic Sea Scallops

Hello.



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.…

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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…

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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…

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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: http://alternativendhealth.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/blueberry-raking-and-low-back-pain-is-a-longer-rake-the-answer/

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

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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;…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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Free screening of "American Meat" in Belfast at Belfast Free Library

April 29, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
On Tuesday, April 29 at 6pm in the Belfast Free Library, located at 106 High Street in downtown Belfast, there will be a free screening of "American Meat", a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in the U.S.  Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and…See More
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Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers' Market at Exeter High School

April 12, 2014 from 10am to 2pm
Farmers, fishermen and food producers will be indoors selling their vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, fish and shrimp, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, take-home meals, and more! You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at www.seacoasteatlocal.org.See More
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Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers' Market at Wentworth Greenhouses

April 5, 2014 from 10am to 2pm
Farmers, fishermen and food producers will be indoors selling their vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, fish and shrimp, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, take-home meals, and more! You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at www.seacoasteatlocal.org.• Featured Food: Eggs! We have a number of vendors bringing all sorts of eggs and will have a local egg Q&A with display area for…See More
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New England Food Policy Report Released!

Dear Colleague, Thanks to your efforts and those of many local, state and regional food system advocates, New England is creating a more sustainable and resilient food system. Together, we can further advance our work by promoting innovative and supportive public policies. Toward that end, American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group are excited to let you know about our new report, …See More
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Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers' Market at Wentworth Greenhouses

March 22, 2014 from 10am to 2pm
Farmers, fishermen and food producers will be indoors  selling their vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, fish and shrimp, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, take-home meals, and more! You can find a full list of participating vendors and the products they will be selling at www.seacoasteatlocal.org.• Featured Food: Maple Syrup! There will be all sorts of delicious maple offerings including maple sugar, maple cream and candy, maple…See More
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WERU Community Radio On-Air Farm & Garden Auction at WERU-FM Community Radio

June 3, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
An on air auction benefit for WERU Community Radio offers more than 70 certificates donated by local farms, farmers markets, fisheries and garden suppliers. During the fast-moving, live auction each item is described on air and bidders call in their bids for farm produce, dairy and cheeses, meats, seafood, bales of hay, useful tools, organic compost, and garden amendments, all produced locally. Auction items will be listed in advance at www.weru.org, along…See More
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Maine Food System

Welcome to the conversation about how we, the people of Maine, can take cooperative action to sustainably grow as much of our food within Maine as possible - for our environment, our economy & for our health!
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Food Council Network hosts Mark Winne on March 21st at St Mary's Nutrition Center

March 21, 2014 from 8:30am to 12pm
The Maine Network of Community Food Councils will be hosting a morning with Mark Winne on Friday, March 21st at St. Mary's Nutrition Center in Lewiston.Mark is a national Food Policy Council guru and author of the new book: Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial AgricultureJoin us at 8:30 for breakfast (donation appreciated), followed by Mark talking about his book, and then a discussion of food councils, focused especially on the Food…See More
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Land Search

This group is for all who: a) are on a land search b) might have /know of land available c) wants to discuss / contribute to discussion about land search & all related issues - real estate, land features/qualities, land trusts, long-term leases, etcSee More
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Maine Farmers' Markets

For discussing issues around farmers' markets in Maine, for veterans, newbies, those in between and those thinking about starting or attending a farmers' market.Start by signing up or signing in to ask a question by starting a discussion.See More
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Maine Food Hubs

This group if for anyone involved in or considering involvement in a food hub type of project.See More
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2014 Maine Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Unity (Weekend Format) at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center

May 16, 2014 at 9am to September 7, 2014 at 5pm
For full course details and to RSVP and hold a spot, use the web site link above!A one-weekend-per-month format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course, running May through September 2014 in Unity, Maine.  Co-sponsored by MOFGA and held at the Common Ground Education Center.This course is recommended for home-owners and renters, farmers and gardeners, landscape professionals, planners, architects, engineers,…See More
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