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Ben Perrin

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Meet Ben Perrin of the MOFGA certified organic Burke Hill Farm in Cherryfield. Ben grows lowbush blueberries and garlic. He sells at the Common Ground Country Fair, farmers' cooperatives, farmers' markets, to several wholesale and retail accounts, and from the farm. You can contact Ben at BurkeHillFarm@gmail.com.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
We decided to sell the herd
Daily Yonder - 2/3/2010.
By Nancy Smith – Our dairy herd is for sale. My husband has been a dairy farmer his whole life, up until a few weeks ago. Ivan worked his way through school at his uncle’s dairy farm, then worked as dairyman on several farms before buying his own herd. We eventually built a barn and milk room on our farm. The farmer’s price for milk has been down for months and dairy has not been profitable for most farmers for a long, long time. Even the glimmer of hope we were seeing in anticipated price increases wasn’t enough to keep us going.
Residents join forces to feed themselves
The Guardian [UK] - 2/3/2010.
By John Carvel – A village on the western fringes of Hampshire is well on the way to becoming the first in England to defy the power of the supermarkets by achieving communal self-sufficiency in food. The parish of Martin lies on good agricultural land beneath the chalk downs of Cranborne Chase. In past centuries, its 164 households would have been sustained by the output of local farms and dairies. But, over the last 60 years, the dairies closed and the farmers directed their harvests towards the vast hoppers of agro-industry. The people of Martin continued to be surrounded by fields growing food, but none of it reached their plates. And after the village shop closed in 1982, they had to travel to buy provisions.
FDA: Drugs 'not safe for humans' can be fed to livestock right before slaughter
Alternet - 2/3/2010.
By Martha Rosenberg – While researchers and scientists investigate the cause of our diabetes, obesity, asthma and ADHD epidemics, they should ask why the FDA approved a livestock drug banned in 160 nations and responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and 10 percent mortality in pigs, according to angry farmers who phoned the manufacturer. The beta agonist ractopamine, a repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis, was recruited for livestock use when researchers found the drug, used in asthma, made mice more muscular says Beef magazine.
Court’s ruling could help us rebuild communities
Bangor Daily News - 2/3/2010.
Op-ed by Jane Livingston – In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court just sacked pretty much all the victories won in the past few decades by advocates for clean and sustainable air, water and food, safe workplaces, fair trade and equal access for all to the good American life, including good health, education, housing and, in essence, all of the freedoms guar-anteed us in our Constitution. Now all are put at grave risk, because the court saw fit to roll back a 20-year old law that banned corporations from directly giving money to candidates running for public office, turning our political system into a livestock auction.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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