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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
Killing the competition: meat industry reform takes a blow
Grist - 11/9/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – One of the least-discussed but most promising attempts at food system reform was dealt a serious blow the other day. The USDA itself eviscerated its proposed reform to a set of rules which would have given a government division authority to crack down on the way large corporate meatpackers wield power over small and mid-sized ranchers.
Incredible shrinking farmland
Grist - 11/7/2011.
By Claire Thompson – Joel Huesby comes from a long line of conventional farmers, but in 1994, he had what he calls an epiphany that led him to switch to organic farming. He's of the mind that we'll drive ourselves to extinction if we drive our farmlands that way first. "Conventional commodity agriculture, to my way of looking at it, is standing in the boots of a dead man with toothpicks holding his eyes open," he said. "It looks alive but it's not. I don't see that as the future."
Farmers network, debate farm and food policy at Northport conference
Bangor Daily News - 11/7/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Northport: In a few days, the U.S. Congress is likely to hastily pass a slimmed-down version of the 2012 Farm Bill, according to Russell Libby of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. It will probably contain the usual trade-offs intended to both stabilize the production of the country’s agriculture economy and to help hungry people eat, Libby said Sunday at the end of the annual Farmer to Farmer Conference, held at Point Lookout Resort in Northport.
Consumers losing faith in Big Food
Grist - 11/3/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Four years ago, a coalition of agribusiness companies and industry groups, including Monsanto, the American Farm Bureau, the Midwest Dairy Council, and the National Pork Producers Council, got together to start the Center for Food Integrity (CFI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to build consumer trust and confidence in today's food system."
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