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Waldo farmer to share story at Farmland Access, Transfer Conference

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November 20, 2018 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – “In the next decade, more than 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will transition in ownership, raising the question: what will happen to that land?” said Erica Buswell, vice president of programs for MFT and co-host of the fourth annual Farmland Access and Transfer Conference, in a news release.

As we celebrate the bounty of Thanksgiving, hunger among seniors is on the rise

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November 19, 2018 – By Mary Gatta, Bangor Daily News - As we approach Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season, some people often joke that they are preparing for a “season of eating.” Whether it is holiday parties with seemingly endless trays of appetizers and wine; family dinners complete with turkey coupled with overflowing sides of stuffing, potatoes and vegetables and decadent desserts; or just the extra cookies and candies that are available, food is a significant part of the season. Overflowing holiday plates are, however, far from the reality for many. For countless older Mainers, food insecurity is sadly a more accurate reality.

Know Your Farmer | Roxbury Farm

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November 18, 2018 – The Real Organic Project – Jody Bolluyt and Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm operate a 400 acre integrated family farm in the North Hudson Valley, NY. Each year they grow 30 acres of vegetables and 30 acres of cover crops and practice rotational grazing with their livestock. Through skilled management they have doubled the organic matter in the soil and minimized the use of off-farm inputs by growing their own fertility. Jean-Paul is optimistic about our future in the face of climate change. The changes observed on their own land due to their thoughtful production practices are evidence that “the soil is going to save us.”

Maine farmers bundle up, gear up for winter markets

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November 16, 2018 – By Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News – Once a sign of spring and the new growing season in Maine, farmers markets are becoming a year-round tradition in the state with communities from Houlton to Biddeford extending the season by hosting winter farmers markets.

Rewilding The English Countryside

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November 16, 2018 – By Bobby Bascomb, Living on Earth – When an agricultural estate in West Sussex, England that had been in one couple’s family for generations was no longer a fruitful venture, they decided to let nature take its course. Author Isabella Tree tells Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb about the ecological and financial benefits of letting nearly six square miles of previously cultivated landscape go back to nature. Her estate today brings income from game meat and ecotourism, and offers a glimpse into what rural England might have looked like before agriculture.

EPA Watchdog Questions Safety of Sewage Used as Fertilizer

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November 15, 2018 – By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Bloomberg – The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t know if the treated sewage sludge that farmers use as fertilizer is safe, according to a report from its internal watchdog.

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