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Gina Hancock of
Hancock Family Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Gina Hancock of MOFGA-certified organic Hancock Family Farm in Casco, Maine. The Hancocks (Gina, Geof and their two daughters) grow vegetables, vegetable seedlings, cut flowers and herbs, which they sell through their own farm stand, at the Bridgton and Kennebunk farmers’ markets and through their community supported agriculture program. "We believe that building and tending quality soil will translate into healthy, nutritious vegetables; that livestock deserves respectful handling and the opportunity to live out their lives on pasture; and that great farming doesn't happen without community," say the Hancocks. Learn more about Hancock Family Farm on their website and on their Facebook page.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Rosemont Market plans Portland produce shop
Portland Press Herald - 1/12/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Portland: Rosemont Market & Bakery plans to open a produce-only market on Commercial Street, in the former Finest Kind warehouse. The market will sell fresh produce from Maine farms and the Chelsea Produce Market outside Boston, according to John Naylor, owner of Rosemont. He said it should open sometime between mid-February and early March.
Growers using differing forms to save money
Kennebec Journal - 1/12/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Ken Ellis converted the heating in his 23 greenhouses from oil to wood pellets three years ago. The owner of Sunset Greenhouses in Fairfield said that while his consumption of pellets is still significant – 172 tons a year – his use of heating oil, which he uses only as a backup, has been dramatically reduced. "I burned 35,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil and that's been cut down to 9,000 gallons," Ellis said. "My total fuel bill is below half."
Find the farmers who’ve disappeared
Portland Press Herald - 1/12/2012.
Letter to the editor by Heather Retberg – People from across Maine who are interested in farming and food are gathering in Augusta this week for the agricultural trades show. You will find many trade groups and chemical companies amid the bustle. You won't find the thousands of disappeared farmers who gave up farming when they just couldn't add one more hot water line into the barn, or the concrete floor under the bulk tank, or separate facilities dedicated to one enterprise.
Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure
Science Daily - 1/12/2012.
Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and Purdue University scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields.
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