|Maine co-ops fill need financially and socially|
Portland Press Herald - 2/22/2009.By Ann S. Kim – These days, Local Sprouts – a fledgling Portland-based cooperative – is cooking up a regular stream of meals for its members and providing catering services for nonprofit organizations and others holding events. The people behind the cooperative envision a time when it will provide locally produced foods to more people, operate a community-supported cafe and provide a greater source of income to its worker-owners.
|Timing is key to successful planting|
Bangor Daily News - 2/21/2009.By Reeser Manley – Working for a major mail-order seed company in the 1970s, I learned that when the economy plunges, vegetable seed sales soar. This is certainly the case these days as many Mainers get ready to plant their first vegetable gardens.
|California farms lose main water source to drought|
Reuters - 2/20/2009.By Steve Gorman – Los Angeles – The main irrigation system for California farmers, the Central Valley Project, expects to halt water deliveries to most of its growers this year due to one of the worst droughts in state history, federal managers said on Friday. The cutbacks are a huge blow to farmers in the Central Valley, which produces over half of the fruit, vegetables and nuts grown in the United States, and will undoubtedly lead to higher prices for a wide variety of crops.
|Who will carry on the legacy of dairy farming in Maine?|
Bangor Daily News - 2/20/2009.As owners get too old to upgrade their property, younger potential buyers can’t find the copious funding needed to take over. Derek Jones, 21, has been working at Robert Elwell’s farm in Unity since he was in high school and hopes to one day purchase and run it. Elwell, 87, is among Maine’s aging farmer demographic, while Jones is one of few young people interested in taking up the traditional way of life.