|Acadia farmers’ meeting focuses on marketing|
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2009.By Bill Trotter – Marketing was the main focus of the first-ever Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, which was put on by the Down East Business Alliance. More than 80 people attended the convention on Friday and Saturday to learn how to market their products and themselves, and about more-technical issues such as electronic monetary transfers and licensing for food production and sales.
|Nectar of spring sampled by public during Maine Maple Sunday tours|
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2009.By Walter Griffin – Knox, Maine: Maple syrup and candy lovers lined up early at Kinney’s Sugarhouse on Abbott Road in this central Waldo County farming community. Lee and Mary Anne Kinney tap a 165-acre sugarbush that has been producing maple syrup and sugar products for the past five years.
|Safety rules burden smaller farmers|
The Des Moines Register - 3/23/2009.By Philip Brasher – In recent years, the federal government and the food industry have taken some significant steps to improve the safety of fresh produce. But small-scale farmers and organic growers say those standards can force them to choose between selling to supermarkets and schools or else following practices that degrade the soil and require more synthetic chemicals.
|“Untouchable” certified organic seed bank|
Treehugger - 3/23/2009.by Kimberley D. Mok – In India, while the growth of slicker, modernized supermarkets with standardized brands might be edging out the traditional open-air markets – at the same time, India’s domestic certified organic food industry is also on the rise - sometimes in surprising ways. One such example is the collective of 5,000 lower-caste Dalit (untouchable) women from the central state of Andhra Pradesh that is now offering chemical-free, non-irrigated, certified and organically-grown food.