and rethinking how we farm BY JOHN PIOTTI
Maine Farms is an annual journal created especially for Maine Farmland Trust members.
Last spring, we took a leap of faith, publishing the inaugural issue of maine farms. We shipped copies to every Maine Farmland Trust member, and then waited, holding our breath. To our great relief, this experiment was met with a flood of praise.
Of the many notes, emails, and phone calls that we received, the ones that really stood out were from farmers and food champions who are the inspirations behind our work. Three examples:
“A superlative effort inside and out, right down to the heavy card stock cover and perfect-binding.”
jim gerritsen, wood prairie farm
“In recent visits with farmers and exchanges with others, I’ve sensed a general ‘buzz’ about the periodical, and I am excited about sharing it further to ‘ground’ people to food and farm issues in Maine.”
bonnie rukin, slow money maine
“I am so impressed with this publication…the links to art, the content, the bringing together of diverse farming groups, and of course, a vision.”
john krueger, mofga board member
This year’s journal offers important new stories about Maine’s farmers and food community—from the tricky business of reclaiming farmland, to spring’s fleeting bounty, to the farmers on the frontlines of four-season innovation, to a sneak peek of a new food access photo exhibit.
Putting maine farms together is no simple task. We count ourselves lucky to be working with a sharp editor, a highly-creative design team, and talented contributors—who all go above and beyond because they believe wholeheartedly in MFT’s mission. We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who makes this journal possible—including you, our readers.
John Piotti, President & CEO
Ellen Sabina, Outreach Director