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Sarah Smith of Grassland Organic Farm
in Skowhegan


Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Sarah Smith, who, with her husband, Garin, owns and operates MOFGA certified Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan. Grassland produces vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, vegetable seedlings, pasture, dairy products, veal and beef. Their markets include The Pickup CSA in Skowhegan, Senior Farm Shares, farmers’ markets, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops and CROPP/Organic Valley. Keep up with the farm on Facebook and read Sarah’s keynote speech from the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Blueberry processing resumes at former Coastal Farms facility
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 8/14/2014.
By Ethan Andrews - Blueberry juice. On Tuesday, telltale beads of the stuff trickled from under a garage door into the parking lot next to the Coastal Farms and Foods building on Route 1. Nearer to the entrance, forklift wheels had smeared the juice into a gray hatch. Across the parking lot, a tower of pristine wooden pallets stood near a tractor trailer with Newfoundland/Labrador plates.
New Local and Regional Food Data Available from USDA Market News
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 8/13/2014.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that its free online Market News service will now include reports on local and regional food markets. These reports, which are currently limited to a small number of states with more states expected to be added in the coming year, provide pricing and volume information to help producers tap into a growing $7 billion a year local and regional food market. The reports also allow farmers to develop more comprehensive business plans, thus improving their chances of obtaining financing and insurance products from USDA, local banks, and local businesses.
Soup to Nuts: Going with the local grain
Portland Press Herald - 8/13/2014.
By Meredith Goad - As Maine farmers grow more grains, and millers process them, bakeries are using the local flours to make pastries and breads more nutritious and flavorful.
Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly that has put some growers out of business
Fox News - 8/10/2014.
AP - Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms' late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business.
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