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Why buying a share in a local farm’s season might be a very good investment this year

April 5, 2020 – By Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News – Supply chains have been disrupted and some grocery store shelves remain bare, but at Maine’s farms, the growing season is beginning in earnest. In a time when the state’s governor determines what is an essential business, community-supported agriculture in Maine could become one of the most essential purchases for families struggling to put quality foods on their tables.

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Home Bound Gardening

April 5, 2020 – By Steve Curwood, Living on Earth – Seed companies are reporting record sales this spring. With so many people isolated at home and the economy so wobbly, for those with the space it does seem like a fine time to grow some food. So for some tips on how to get started with gardening we reached out to Michael Weishan.

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Maine Gardener: Gardens can be our salvation right now

April 5, 2020 – By Tom Atwell, Portland Press Herald – Here’s my prediction: People are going to do a lot more gardening this year. The pandemic has canceled all our normal, organized, get-out-of-the-house entertainments. We’re having to entertain ourselves.

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Food goes to waste amid coronavirus crisis

April 5, 2020 – By Adam Behsudi and Ryan McCrimmon, Politico – The coronavirus pandemic is leading the food industry and regulators to change policies as they grapple with empty shelves, a glut of fresh produce and milk, and sudden shifts in consumer buying habits.

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Sande’s Picks: Innovative growers and retailers step up in response to virus

April 3, 2020 – By Sande Updegraph, Forecaster – Access to and the safety of healthy food is becoming more challenging during the pandemic, but fortunately, growers and purveyors are becoming more creative. Farmers are still growing in winter houses, chickens are still laying, fishermen are still fishing and summer seeds are being planted. Consumer Supported Agriculture shares are even available now for the summer. More about this next week.

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EPA sidesteps normal public process to approve BASF’s cancer-linked pesticide

April 3, 2020 – By Johnathan Hettinger, Investigate Midwest – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that soybean farmers in 25 states are now able to spray a pesticide [isoxaflutole] that the agency has determined is likely to cause cancer and drift hundreds of feet from where it is applied.

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The Moment for Food Sovereignty is Now

April 2, 2020 – By Katie Brimm, Civil Eats – From panic planting to cooperative gardens, farmers focused on equity and food justice know that ‘if you can feed yourself, you can free yourself.’

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