|‘Something silly’ hits Damariscotta|
Bangor Daily News - 10/12/2009.By Abigail Curtis – Damariscotta: Costumed people raced around Damariscotta Harbor on Sunday in giant pumpkins that were hollowed out and equipped with outboard motors. Two thousand people cheered them on from shore, clapping when they made it and clapping when they didn’t.
|Something old, something new|
Bangor Daily News - 10/12/2009.By Meg Haskell – Maxfield: The dairy goats at Olde Oak Farm seemed right at home Sunday, munching on pasture grass and hobnobbing with the curious visitors who came to stroke their floppy ears, giggle at their capricious ways and sample the many tasty cheeses made from their milk. From the animals’ happy and relaxed demeanors, visitors never would have guessed the goats only recently were transplanted to the Maxfield farm from their former home in Orono.
|$4.4 million in Federal funds to aid Maine agriculture|
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2009.By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: The state will receive $4.4 million in agriculture funding for projects targeting livestock health and late-blight in potatoes. The funds were included in the fiscal year 2010 agriculture appropriations bill the U.S. Senate approved Thursday.
|Maine organic milk producers form company to save farms|
Bangor Daily News - 10/10/2009.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Bar Harbor: Last February, a group of Maine organic dairy farmers thought that their businesses as they knew them had come to an end. Citing a soft organic market, a depressed economy and the great distances to serve organic milk producers in far-flung Washington and Aroostook counties, 10 farms were given their pink slips by H.P. Hood Inc. The farmers were flabbergasted. Each had a contract, and all said they had made substantial investments in their farms to convert to organic. But this is rural Maine, and with true Yankee ingenuity, the 10 farmers banded together to find a solution.