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One year after becoming law, food sovereignty in Maine has taken hold

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November 26, 2018 – By Julia Bayly, BangorDaily News – Since becoming law a year ago, the number of Maine towns and small communities with a food sovereignty ordinance has grown to more than 40. And according to those behind the movement, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Maine’s udder love affair with cheese

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November 26, 2018 – By Kathryn Skelton, The Times Record – There are 74 cheesemakers milking four types of animals in what the Maine Cheese Guild says is one of the best states to make cheese — and they’re not just boasting.

Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board

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November 26, 2018 – Federal Register – An in-person meeting will be held April 24-26, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Board will hear oral public comments via webinars on Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and at the in-person meeting on Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25, 2019. The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comment at either the webinar or in-person meeting is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 4, 2019.

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

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November 25, 2018 – By Steve Curwood, Living on Earth – Leah Penniman is an activist working towards environmental, racial, and food justice through her work at Soul Fire Farm, a collective of ten Black, Brown, and Jewish farmers. Their goal is to dismantle racism within the food system while reconnecting people of color to the earth. Leah has a new book called Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. In it, she describes her journey as a woman of color reclaiming her space in the agricultural world, while providing a comprehensive guide for others who may want to follow her path.

Sanford to explore food sovereignty

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November 24, 2018 – By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune – Sanford is considering  joining some other Maine communities — the latest of which is Augusta — and adopting a food sovereignty ordinance.

Plant Genetics Matter for Organic Farmers

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November 24, 2018 – By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant, Lancaster Farming – Plant genetics can make a big difference in yield to organic and conventional-to-organic transitioning farmers, according to Mark Schonbeck, PhD, who presented “Plant Genetics: Breeding and Variety Selection” as a recent webinar. Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic hosted the event. Schonbeck represents the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Jonah Fertig-Burd

This friend of food cooperatives makes things happen behind the scenes.

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November 22, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – When a new food-related cooperative in Maine is announced, the worker-owners tend to crowd together for a triumphant picture. Maybe there’s a banner. Whether the new owners are running a coffee roaster in Rockland or a farm in Lewiston, there are definitely big smiles.

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