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Gina Hancock of
Hancock Family Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Gina Hancock of MOFGA-certified organic Hancock Family Farm in Casco, Maine. The Hancocks (Gina, Geof and their two daughters) grow vegetables, vegetable seedlings, cut flowers and herbs, which they sell through their own farm stand, at the Bridgton and Kennebunk farmers’ markets and through their community supported agriculture program. "We believe that building and tending quality soil will translate into healthy, nutritious vegetables; that livestock deserves respectful handling and the opportunity to live out their lives on pasture; and that great farming doesn't happen without community," say the Hancocks. Learn more about Hancock Family Farm on their website and on their Facebook page.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Genetically modified pork one step closer to dinner table
Leader Post, Ottawa - 2/19/2010.
By Sarah Schmidt – Ottawa: Genetically engineered pigs are one step closer to becoming meat on Canadian kitchen tables with the federal government poised to declare that they do not harm the environment. Canwest News Service has learned Environment Canada has determined that Yorkshire pigs developed at the University of Guelph are not toxic to the environment under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
The Volker rule in food safety
Common Dreams - 2/18/2010.
By Rod Leonard – Although President Obama pledged to change the way Washington works—or doesn’t work—nothing much has changed for food safety programs at a time when food safety is a major public health issue. Neither is anything likely to change soon, judging by recent events, particularly in the Department of Agriculture (USDA) charged with the safety of meat, poultry and eggs. Is this a problem for the president? Apparently the White House and USDA don’t think so.
After century of business, former Stinson seafood plant closing
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2010.
By Bill Trotter – Gouldsboro: Workers were shocked Wednesday when they were told that the last remaining sardine cannery in the United States would close down for good on April 18, ending more than 100 years of local history. Bumble Bee Foods, which acquired the former Stinson Seafood plant in 2004, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon to employees at the facility in the village of Prospect Harbor. With the closure, 128 people are expected to lose their jobs.
Rockweed harvesting: a recipe for sustainability
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2010.
By Robert L. Valdas and Brian Beal – The ecological and sociological impacts of harvesting rockweeds are at the heart of a growing controversy in Maine, as evidenced by the emergence of anti-harvest alliances. Two of the underlying concerns are: Can rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) be harvested in an ecologically sustainable manner, and does its value as habitat or food for other organisms in near-shore ecosystems warrant a moratorium on harvesting? Here, we discuss ecological aspects relevant to these questions.
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