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The pandemic has soured the Maine dairy industry’s optimistic outlook for 2020

July 13, 2020 – By Laurie Schreiber, Mainebiz – Baker Brook Farm Creamery in Windham started in 1998 with a few cows, but today it has more than 120 Holsteins, Ayrshires and Jerseys — a small dairy farm that found its niche serving Cumberland County commercial and institutional customers, including several Maine colleges, along with hospitals, restaurants and bakeries.

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John Deere and the Ox-Cart Man

July 13, 2020 – By Douglas R. Fox, Front Porch Republic – This semester, I read to my college agriculture students a children’s story called Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall. The students agreed that there was something good and beautiful in this tale of a 19th century New England farmer living a subsistence life with his family.

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Maine Open Farm Day Pivots to Virtual Format for 2020 event

July 13, 2020 – Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry –  Maine Open Farm Day organizers encourage the public to visit farms online beginning Sunday, July 26, 2020 to learn how to support Maine agriculture this summer.

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Aroostook County experienced driest June in more than 100 years

July 12, 2020 – By Morgan Mitchell, Bangor Daily News – The northern crown of Aroostook County is in a severe drought — the worst conditions in the state, the United States Drought Monitor said Thursday. The area recorded the driest June on record since 1895.

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An increased appetite for local food keeps farm stores bustling

July 12, 2020 – By Emma Sorkin, Portland Press Herald – The gravel lot outside Frinklepod Farm in Arundel was full before the store even opened on a recent Saturday morning. Customers pulled on masks before heading inside to choose from the selection of organic produce, locally baked treats, specialty vegan foods and several intricately arranged bouquets of flowers.

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Innovative grower campaign aims to relieve food insecurity

July 12, 2020 – By Fran Gonzalez, Village Soup Waldo – A new effort in Waldo County is quickly making inroads with a network of community leaders, farmers and growers, local artists, small businesses, and creative-thinkers working together to tackle food insecurity.

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Farm to Clothing

July 12, 2020 – By Richie Davis, Greenfield Recorder – A group of weavers, natural-dye makers and clothing designers from around the Pioneer Valley began spinning the first threads of the Western Mass Fibershed a couple of years ago, as it became clear to some that “locally spun and woven” makes as much sense as locally grown food in an era when sustainability matters to more and more people.

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A fungus is turning lawns black throughout the state

July 11, 2020 – By Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News –  As if this summer’s drought conditions in Maine were not hard enough on lawns, recent rain and humidity have created the perfect conditions for a fungal disease that’s not been seen in the state for at least three decades. The fungus is turning those lawns a startling shade of black and has homeowners calling plant experts looking for solutions.

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East Sangerville Grange farmers open online farmers’ market

July 11, 2020 – The Piscataquis Observer – The tradition of farming and the opportunities of the internet are being celebrated by the farmers of the East Sangerville Grange, as they announce the opening of their online farmers’ market — the Maine Highlands Farmers’ Market. When the COVID-19 pandemic required social distancing and people began to limit their in-person shopping trips, the East Sangerville Grange farmers began to problem-solve solutions to make their locally sourced produce and products available to the public in a safe, efficient manner.

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