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Exension blueberry plant sale benefit

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a “Go Blueberry” plant sale online to raise funds for its Master Gardener Volunteer program. The program has assisted dozens of community gardens  across the state, including the Maine Harvest for Hunger program and other community-based volunteer efforts. Members  [...]

Homegrown and fresh with ‘Slice it, Salt it, Stomp it’ course

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — ‘Slice it, Salt it, Stomp it’ gardening course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at SeDoMoCha. The course offers veggie lovers a way to have homegrown and fresh vegetables all winter long with lacto-fermentation. This hands-on course is part of a series of workshops entitled ‘You Can!’ [...]

MAINE FARM SERVICE AGENCY SCHEDULES IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING

WALDOBORO, Maine — A USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that Donovon E. Todd III, State Executive Director for Maine FSA and members of his management team have scheduled a public meeting in Lincoln County at 2 p.m.  Feb. 1,  at the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension office meeting room, at 377 Manktown Road. FSA’s public [...]

Event for Farmers and Community Partners who Support Farmers

FREEPORT, Maine — Farmland Trust is partnering with the Opportunity Alliance to share resources and information of use to local farmers who are marketing to low-income consumers. The event is designed to inform both farmers and community partners who operate farmers markets about federal nutrition programs. It will feature two simultaneous workshops, “Farmers Markets: Adding [...]

GrowME sprouts and Spurts local collaboration classroom activities

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — GrowME , a local collaboration will provide classroom activities being offered to K-3 teachers and schools in Piscataquis County. The program is a result of a collaboration between Valley Grange, Piscataquis County Soil and water Conservation District, and UMaine Piscataquis County Extension. The program aims to utilize local volunteers who will work [...]

Heirloom Vegetable Workshop

DEXTER, Maine — Tom Roberts of Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield will present a free two hour workshop on heirloom vegetables at 9:30 a.m.  Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Abbott Memorial Library meeting room. Topics to be covered will include, what are heirlooms, why grow them, recommended varieties, where to purchase seeds, and how to [...]

Unity event on cooperatives for business success to be held on Jan. 19

UNITY, Maine — The Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine will host By Land and By Sea: Leveraging Co-ops for Business Success from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at The Common Ground Education Center. The event will provide information to new and existing cooperatives. Farmers and fishermen can learn how a cooperative-model [...]

Ripley Farm awarded cost-share for high tunnel

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine –Ripley Farm’s organic tomatoes and peppers will have a new home next growing season thanks to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) contract helping to fund the construction of a large high tunnel for in-ground growing. “We’re looking forward to increased yield and better quality fruits from our summer crops and to [...]

Maine Farmland Trust buys Varnum Farm in Sebec: 2075 acre property to be protected, re-sold

SEBEC, Maine –  There are not too many properties like the Varnum Farm. It contains over 2,000 acres of fields and woods, including 840 acres of rich river bottom land. The property not only boasts highly productive farm fields, but bountiful wildlife and about eight miles of frontage on the Piscataquis River. No wonder the [...]

Maine Farmland Trust Executive Director to Teach at Senior College

BELFAST, Maine — John Piotti,  executive director of Maine Farmland Trust will teach a four-session course from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning Jan. 19, at Belfast Senior College. The class will explore the full breath of issues affecting agriculture in Maine, including demographic, economic, and political factors and to more fully [...]