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Ben Perrin

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Perrin of the MOFGA certified organic Burke Hill Farm in Cherryfield. Ben grows lowbush blueberries and garlic. He sells at the Common Ground Country Fair, farmers' cooperatives, farmers' markets, to several wholesale and retail accounts, and from the farm. You can contact Ben at BurkeHillFarm@gmail.com.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
On the edge: Monhegan Island's year-round residents take charge of their future
Mainebiz - 10/20/2014.
By James McCarthy - Shermie Stanley doesn't need to read the Island Institute's 62-page 2011 status report on Maine's 15 year-round island communities to know how Monhegan Island is faring. All he has to do is look out from the deck of his fish house at the harbor that's been sheltering Stanley family boats since his great-great-grandfather began fishing Monhegan's waters in the 1800s.
Where's the Beef? The Return of the Classic Butcher Shop
Maine Today - 10/20/2014.
By John Golden - The revival of the neighborhood butcher shop is strong in Maine, with master butchers relying on nose-to-tail butchery and the bounty from local farms.
Discounted fresh local food offered to low-income seniors, SNAP/EBT users
Maine Farmland Trust - 10/20/2014.
By Carolyn Zachary, The Republican Journal - Low-income senior citizens and others of any age who receive SNAP and EBT benefits can apply for winter Community Farm Shares, which enable them to buy locally produced fresh food at half-price at special “markets” in Belfast and Unity.
New report: USDA must act to drive down dangerously high poultry pathogen rates
The Washington Post - 10/20/2014.
By Kimberly Kindy - The U.S. Department of Agriculture must set strict pathogen limits for poultry products with the highest contamination rates and find ways to measure a poultry plant’s success with these new standards, according to a government report released Thursday.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

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November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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