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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
What is fermenting at the center of the next big local food movement? Sauerkraut
Bangor Daily News - 9/19/2013.
By Kathleen Pierce - When life hands you a lemon, you are advised to make lemonade. When handed a cabbage, Sandor Katz turned it into sauerkraut and thereby launched a fermenting frenzy. “Twenty years ago I moved from New York City to the rural woods of Tennessee and I realized all the cabbages are ready at the same time. Figured I had to make sauerkraut,” said Katz.
Remembering Russell Libby
Portland Press Herald - 9/19/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - Russell Libby was arguably one of the most influential voices in conversations about sustainable food in Northern New England in recent years. He served on the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Board of Directors for a decade before becoming its Executive Director in 1995, a position he held until November, 2012. He passed away at the age of 56 in December, 2012.
Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil
The New York Times - 9/19/2013.
By Stephanie Strom - Alton, Iowa: The puny, yellow corn stalks stand like weary sentries on one boundary of Dennis Von Arb’s field here. On a windy day this spring, his neighbor sprayed glyphosate on his fields, and some of the herbicide blew onto Mr. Von Arb’s conventionally grown corn, killing the first few rows. He’s more concerned, though, about the soil. During heavy rains in the summer, the runoff from his neighbor’s farm soaked his fields with glyphosate-laden water.
Women living near pesticide-treated fields have smaller babies
Environmental News Network - 9/19/2013.
By Lindsey Konkel - Women in Northern California farm towns gave birth to smaller babies if they lived within three miles of strawberry fields and other crops treated with the pesticide methyl bromide, according to researchers.
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