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Nourish body, soul and spirit at a Farmers Market

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June 6, 2018 – By Nancy McGinnis, Kennebec Journal – A trip to the farmers’ market is more than just picking up some items on your shopping list – it can be educational, entertaining, and simply good for the body, mind and soul. For some it represents culinary adventure; for others it’s about supporting the local agricultural economy and social justice; for everyone it’s a chance to feel part of a community and to simply enjoy fresh food that tastes great.

MOFGA Awards Business Development Grants

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June 4, 2018 – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), thanks to support from the John Merck Fund, is awarding $3,000 grants to each of three MOFGA-certified organic businesses: Turtle Rock Farm in Brunswick, Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft and Left Field Farm in Bowdoinham. The funding will enable these businesses to access technical and consulting services to increase their sales to wholesale markets. In addition, MOFGA has partnered with Slow Money Maine, which will support two additional applicants at $1,500 each: Two Farmers Farm in Saco and Morning Dew Farm in Newcastle.

How to rewild your garden: ditch chemicals and decorate the concrete

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May 30, 2018 – By Patrick Barkham, The Guardian – Rewilding excites people with its images of wolves and ambition to return entire landscapes to nature as humans withdraw after centuries of domination. But the grandeur of rewilding can also make the concept seem remote or irrelevant to people living ever more urban lives.

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Maine

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May 29, 2018 – By John Bott, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) report that emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in Maine. Despite an aggressive search for at least a decade, the destructive forest insect from Asia had not been detected in Maine previously. It has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in thirty-four states throughout the country. The estimated commercial (unprocessed) value of Maine ash trees is approximately $320 million.

Strolling of the Heifers touts health and wellness

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May 29, 2018 – By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer – Health and wellness are becoming more and more of a focus at the Strolling of the Heifers as interest in these topics grows among those who attend the event.

Lewiston’s New Roots Farming Co-Op Is Blossoming

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May 27, 2018 – By Caitlin Troutman – On a farm in Lewiston, fresh garlic is growing plentifully, and beet greens and spinach are popping out of the ground across three acres of farmland. Not long ago, though, there wasn’t anything growing here.

Kelsey Kobik has a special eye for photographing farm workers

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May 27, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – Kelsey Kobik takes beautiful photographs of agricultural life for groups like the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets and Maine Farmland Trust. We wanted to know how a native of Cape May, New Jersey, who studied history and South Asian languages at Syracuse University, ended up getting the insider’s view of places like Goranson Farm in Dresden, so we called her up to ask. It turns out she weeded, picked and sowed her way into this world as a seasonal farm worker.

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