|Orchard would remain farmland with sale|
Kennebec Journal - 11/24/2009.By Matthew Stone – Readfield: There's no guarantee it will remain an orchard. But if the Maine Farmland Trust successfully acquires Kents Hill Orchard on Route 17, the property is guaranteed to remain working farmland, the group's executive director told selectmen Monday night.
|Four season farming a positive turn for Maine|
Portland Press Herald - 11/24/2009.Editorial – Winter used to be a time for Maine farmers to rest. Sit by the fire, study seed catalogues, start thinking about maple sugaring time. But for a growing number of Maine farms, cold temperatures and snow on the ground don't mean a break from cultivating fresh fruits and vegetables.
|Trust eyes orchard purchase|
Kennebec Journal - 11/23/2009.By Matthew Stone – Kents Hill: It's been on the market for more than a year, its future uncertain. Now, an effort is afoot to keep Kents Hill Orchard working farmland, even under new ownership. Maine Farmland Trust, a Belfast-based farmland preservation group, is brokering a deal to purchase the 84-acre orchard and resell it to someone who would continue to work the land and not develop it.
|Veggie season keeps growing|
Portland Press Herald - 11/23/2009.By Beth Quimby – The vegetable-growing season used to end with the first hard frost in Maine. Not anymore. An increasing number of farmers are pushing the growing season into the winter to take advantage of the surging demand for locally grown food. As a result, more farmers are operating greenhouses, branching out into cool-weather crops and creating new markets for their produce.