Marada Cook is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs. She’s part owner and manager of three Maine food companies, Northern Girl, Fiddler’s Green Farm, and Crown of Maine Organic, that repurpose, distribute, and sell Maine produce across the northeast and have become core to the regional food system. Join me for a conversation with Marada where she describes – in her understated way – the development of these three companies to where they are today. Recorded onsite at the Slow Money Maine conference. To listen to this episode on the Grow Maine Show, click HERE—->
Gathering of Maine’s Young Farmers Alliance!
The next gathering will be held at Grassland Farm in Skowhegan on Saturday May 10th at 5pm. After a round of introductions there will be a farm tour and potluck. Please bring a dish and drinks to share. FMI or to carpool email David Gulak, email@example.com. Grassland Farm is located at 41 Grassland Lane, Skowhegan.
Photo courtesy of Grassland Farm: http://www.grasslandorganicfarm.com/
Maine’s Young Farmer Alliance is a Chapter of NYFC: http://www.youngfarmers.org/
“Reviving Freedom Mill” premiers tonight (Thursday) on MPBN. 10:15 pm
Settle in tonight for the premier of this wonderful film about the transformation of The Mill at Freedom Falls, and the ripple effect it has on the greater community. Watch the trailer HERE or visit MPBN.net for more information.
Maine farmer, seed curator forms new grass-roots group
By Mary Pols for the Portland Press Herald, February 16
After a rift in the community of seed-savers, Will Bonsall takes matters into his own hands to continue protecting hundreds of varieties of potatoes and other plants.
Locations across Maine
April 2, 2014: 6-9 pm
We will post registration information as soon as we have it!
2014 Maine Grain Conference, March 15th – Bangor, ME
We are extremely fortunate this year to have as our main speakers Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grains, Penn Yan, NY. The Martens are regional experts in all aspects of organic grain production and handling. They will discuss crop rotations, fertility and weed management, seed production, and post-harvest grain cleaning, drying, and storage; as well as the topics and questions that you bring. We’ll also learn from a panel of Maine grain growers about their successes and lessons learned; and hear about results from UMaine grain research.
Save March 15th on your calendar and look for upcoming registration information!
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Quill’s End Farm is a 100 acre farm in Penobscot, Maine. It is a grass-based cow dairy and raises small livestock on pasture grazing rotationally. Heather and Phil Retberg farm this plot of land with their three children, Alexander, Benjamin and Carolyn. Phil hand milks 4-6 cows and all the milk is exchanged through a private buying club and their on-farm store. While they have farmed for 16 years, the last few years have posed some challenges they couldn’t overcome alone. They came to the conclusion that hard work and perseverance was not going to address those challenges and reached out to their farm patrons, friends, and community of support to help them brainstorm some creative ways forward during a potluck brainstorm session in November. Below is how Heather describes the day and what transpired:
“We brought together between 35-40 of our Quill’s End farm patrons for a potluck–midwives, teachers, farmers, doctors, lawyers, bakers, beer brewers, parents, retired and young to help us brainstorm on some tough obstacles intersecting to pose some real survival challenges to small, diversified farms of our generation. Continue reading
Severine is speaking: http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/annual-meeting-november-7th/
More information HERE
This 16-acre property is MOFGA certified organic and ready to be a home to your operation. The fertile pastures are fully-fenced, and there are existing NRCS Contracts, established Infrastructure for poultry & ruminants, and a well-managed woodlot. It’s located just a few miles from MOFGA’s fairgrounds and in the midst of one of Maine’s key farming communities. Greenhorns’ friend and ally, Abby, has run Bacon Brook Farmstead on the property for several years and is now moving on to pastures that are just as green and lush to join and help expand another Maine farm. She has great taste and the home has been renovated beautifully.