|Bill prompts soul-searching among farmers, markets|
Village Soup - 2/2/2010.By Ethan Andrews – Belfast: "I used to be a reporter. I love words and I'll argue about words with anybody. And I've never had so much fun arguing about two words." So said Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Ned Porter during a recent session at the Maine Farmers Market Convention, held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The words Porter was referring to were "farmers" and "market." Together they are the subject of LD 1586 "An Act To Amend the Definition of 'Farmers' Market'."
|EPA Faces Lawsuits Over Pesticide Harms, Soot|
Environmental News Service - 2/2/2010.The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity has put the U.S. EPA on notice that it intends to sue the agency for failing to adequately evaluate and regulate nearly 400 pesticides harmful to hundreds of endangered species across the country as well as human beings.
|Hundreds of farmers attend Belfast convention|
Bangor Daily News - 2/1/2010.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Belfast, Maine: Hundreds of farmers gathered at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center this weekend for the second annual Farmers Market Convention, sharing ideas, marketing strategies and solutions. Judy Blaisdell of the Maine Department of Agriculture said, “This has been a fabulous forum, and something the farmers markets have desperately needed. It’s a great opportunity for the vendors and market masters.” The convention, which was held Friday and Saturday, was sponsored by the Down East Business Alliance, and attendance this year doubled over last year’s.
|To Weep or Reap: The Flap on School Gardens|
Huffington Post - 2/1/2010.by Lisa Bennett, Communications director, Center for Ecoliteracy. "Cultivating Failure," the much talked about Caitlin Flanagan article in the current issue of The Atlantic, lambastes school gardens. So it's no surprise that many garden proponents have already shot back with their objections -- reiterating the value of getting kids into gardens, exposing them to healthy food, and giving them experiences that teach them something about nature, especially in these times of unprecedented environmental instability.