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Aktan Askin of Lor Farm in Thorndike

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Meet Aktan Askin and Erin McWalters of Lor Farm in Thorndike. Lor Farm, a sheep and goat dairy farm and cheese house, produces halloumi, ricotta, feta and sheep's milk yogurt based on recipes of Anatolian and Mediterranean origin. Aktan and Erin sell from the farm, at the Downtown Bangor Farmers' Market and at the Saturday Orono Farmers' Market. Aktan has been MOFGA's landscape coordinator and was a MOFGA journeyperson and volunteer. He will now be working for Fedco.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
A visit to the Workhorse and Worksong Hootenany
Bangor Daily News - 7/22/2014.
By Gabor Degre - A wonderful video of the Workhorse and Worksong Hootenany at North Branch Farm last week – one of MOFGA’s Farm Training Project events.
Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients
National Public Radio - 7/22/2014.
By Jane Lindholm - Ben & Jerry's CEO says the company had to remove the key ingredient from Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. The reason for the change? Hershey makes Heath bars with genetically engineered ingredients, and Ben & Jerry's has made a pledge to remove all GMO ingredients from its ice cream.
Thorndike farmers bring traditional cheeses from the hills of Turkey to the fields of Maine
Bangor Daily News - 7/22/2014.
By Emily Burnham - Growing up on the southern coast of Turkey, Aktan Askin’s favorite summer dish was halloumi, a firm, protein-rich cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk, grilled until it slightly melted and served with cold watermelon. It’s salty, it squeaks a bit when you chew it and it’s addictive.
Skowhegan’s Kneading Conference to focus on ancient grains
CentralMaine.com - 7/22/2014.
By Doug Harlow - Skowhegan: Before the rise of modern-day wheat — grown for easy harvest and to produce fluffy industrial breads – there were ancient wheat varieties such as einkorn, emmer, spelt and kamut – some of which are still found in Maine. Maria Speck, an authority on the ancient grains, will be one of the keynote speakers this year at the eighth annual Kneading Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.
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