|Johnny’s donates easement on 29 acres to trust|
Kennebec Journal - 2/29/2012.By Beth Staples – Albion: Benton Field has been forever preserved as a place to grow pumpkins, squash, peppers and tomatoes. Johnny's Selected Seeds donated a 29-acre agricultural conservation easement to Maine Farmland Trust at a ceremony Tuesday morning at Johnny's Research Farm on Foss Hill Road. Erica Buswell of Maine Farmland Trust thanked Johnny's for preserving the land used for plant breeding and seed production.
|Organic farmers lament dismissal of lawsuit|
Portland Press Herald - 2/29/2012.By Avery Yale Kamila – A national group of organic farmers headed by a potato grower from Maine was handed a legal setback Monday when a federal judge sided with agricultural and chemical giant Monsanto in a lawsuit challenging its patents of genetically modified seeds.
|Maine stovetop entrepeneurs share and share alliance|
Portland Press Herald - 2/29/2012.By Meredith Goad – Shannon Bissonnette is living out a food fantasy that a lot of Mainers secretly harbor. Bissonnette was working in the corporate world when she started making jams and jellies at home, using raspberries, apples and blueberries left over from pick-your-own expeditions with her children. She gave her creations away to teachers, family members and friends, who soon begged for more.