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HARVEST June 2015

HARVEST: Farm and Food News From Maine and Beyond

Check back each month for a selection of articles, stories, and trends you might have missed.

Increased interest in “foodshed potential” shows that more places could be eating locally.

And local food is increasingly supported by local regulation (or lack thereof): ordinances to deregulate the sale of farm products are taking off.

An island off the coast of Africa requests international proposals to help their local subsistence persist.

National food stamp spending at farmers’ markets has gone up. This should continue to increase with the implementation of FINI, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant with the Maine Local Foods Access Network. There are also many other anti-hunger organizations in Maine working to get local food to those in need.

One Maine farm is the subject of a trademark dispute.

Eliot Coleman, pioneer of four season farming and inspiration to many in Maine and beyond, recently received a James Beard Leadership Award.

Maine’s food businesses are expanding, thanks in part to Maine’s brand and passionate entrepreneurs.

Some of Maine’s female farmers discuss being a woman in the field with US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Deputy Secretary of Ag Krysta Harden.

A detailed profile on some of Maine’s young farmers, and why they persevere through risks, experiments, and joy.

Millions of pounds of Maine’s potatoes, one of Maine’s largest agricultural products, are served up in food banks across New England.

Dairies in Maine are following demand and going organic.

Hard cider is making a comeback, and Maine is fertile ground for new cidermakers and growers of heritage apples.

Is production of local meat driven by supply or demand? If demand increases, supply will follow suit, but right now prices may not be high enough to encourage new producers to enter the field.

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