|Fire destroys Brooks apple ladder manufacturing facility|
Bangor Daily News - 5/10/2012. By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: As his manufacturing facility continued to smolder Wednesday afternoon from a devastating fire that began the night before, Peter Baldwin said he wasn’t sure what the future will bring for the business he has run in a converted dairy barn on Hall Hill Road for 23 years. The fire at Baldwin Apple Ladders consumed part of a year’s inventory of the wooden ladders, all his equipment and a year’s worth of rungs.
|Thousands more farmers markets will soon take food stamps|
Grist - 5/10/2012. By Rachel Cernansky – When it comes to giving more people access to fresh, healthy food, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned a great deal of its focus in recent years toward farmers markets. And, more specifically, opening farmers markets up to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or “food stamp” users.
|Community-supported-farming goes buffet in Maine|
Portland Press Herald - 5/9/2012. By Meredith Goad – Starting in June, Beth Schiller and Lee Straw are taking a gamble. The two farmers, owners of Dandelion Springs Farm and Straw Farm in Newcastle, are starting the state's first year-round, all-you-can-eat CSA. Yes, all you can eat.
Transition Network - 5/9/2012. By Sharon Blackie – One of the remarkable things about crofting is that it provides the best of two worlds: the system is individualistic – a crofter runs and manages his own croft – and collaborative – the elected township Grazings Committee manages the communal land and can often fulfil other functions as well.