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HARVEST October 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.

Wanted: more heritage apples: John Bunker keeps hunting for long-lost varieties.

Community Supported Agriculture in the office: Farm to Work is taking off.

Southern Maine’s Representative Chellie Pingree introduced a bill to reduce food waste.

Lessons from the weeds: farm to school sees success and expansion both nationally and in Maine.

Fast food is taking note of America’s changing taste, and aiming for more fresh food, and greater transparency.

Increasingly, food companies like Cliff Bar see the connection between food and farming, and are supporting resources for the next generation of farmers.

New models of land ownership and leasing are also getting more young farmers on the land. But, it’s still hard to make the economics of small-scale agriculture work.

A new Maine law seeks to increase Maine’s food production capabilities.

More Maine food for Maine people is a great motto, and it’s actually being implemented too, thanks to farm to food pantry projects across the state that are growing local food access.

You probably heard that processed meat is considered carcinogenic… but that may be less true of products from your local butcher.

More organic milk from Maine means what for overall sustainability?

Maine cheese has room to grow, with both large and small producers.

Seaweed could be New England’s next big crop, boasting health benefits for eaters and the environment.

How do we know the food industry is growing? 10 agricultural jobs that didn’t exist 25 years ago.

Food world celebrities are calling for more action on the federal stage: for presidential candidates to discuss food policy, and to develop a comprehensive national plan.

We could use a detailed food plan for Maine too, one report suggests (Massachusetts has one).

Want some action steps of your own? 5 things you can do to start fixing the food system.

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