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As dairy farms struggle, organizations and farmers collaborate to find alternate solutions through new feasibility study

At a time when dairy farmers in Maine and across the country are facing numerous challenges affecting the milk market and resulting in low prices to producers, multiple Maine organizations have joined with Maine organic dairy farmers to investigate alternative…

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Aroostook Apple Day

Celebrating Fruit Varieties for the North October 7, 2017 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Unitarian Church and Cup Cafe 61 Military St Houlton Schedule  Sponsored by: Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District, Fedco Trees, Maine Farmland Trust and MOFGA.…

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Beal chosen to lead Maine Farmland Trust

Amanda Beal, currently of Portland, who grew up on a Maine dairy farm to become a leader on agricultural issues in Maine and beyond, has been chosen to serve as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT).

Beal has been working for MFT since early 2015, most recently as vice president.  She came to MFT having worked previously on a wide variety of agricultural issues as a policy advocate, a researcher, and the manager of a retail food store that supported numerous local farms.  She has also been instrumental in securing the future of her family’s dairy farm in Litchfield, by helping to design a process to transition the farm from one generation to the next, enabling her youngest brother to acquire and run the farm. Beal has chaired the board of several key organizations, including the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine, and Cultivating Community—a Portland-based nonprofit that operates community gardens and a pioneering program that supports immigrants who farm.

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