|Organic farming expert John Mesko talks about how, despite barriers, it's still a growth industry|
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 5/27/2017. By Tom Meersman - John Mesko, executive director at Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), has a broad background in both conventional and organic farming. He worked in product development, fertilizer sales and biotechnology research early in his career, led the Sustainable Farming Association in Minnesota for several years, and joined MOSES last September. The Spring Valley-based nonprofit works to promote sustainable and organic agriculture, and is best known for playing host to the nation’s largest organic farming conference each year in La Crosse, Wis., and for numerous educational programs. Mesko spoke recently in Minneapolis about the demand for organic food and barriers to organic producers, and answered questions in an interview afterward.
|Shoppers crowd market hall on opening day|
Village Soup - 5/27/2017. By Carolyn Zachary - Streets were lined with cars and the former Mathews Brothers' building packed with customers and the curious Saturday as United Farmers Market of Maine opened its doors for the first time.
|Farm Camps: Learning Sustainability, Hands-On|
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2017. By Kristine Millard - Camps in Maine boast an enormous range of activities for kids of all ages. One subset of those camps are farm camps, where kids learn first-hand about the day-to-day activities that make a farm tick. From the 622-acre property of Wolfe’s Neck Farm to a small demonstration farm at Farm Camp in Cape Elizabeth, farm camps provide a unique opportunity to teach sustainability literally from the ground up.
|Want to Get “Back to the Land?” You’re Not Alone|
Yes! - 5/26/2017. By Nancy Matsumoto - Over the past century, generations of young people have turned their backs on city life to embrace small-scale farming and back-to-the-land ideals. The exact circumstances for each generation's return have varied: the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Vietnam War in the ’60s and ’70s, and, more recently, the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity to industrial agriculture and climate change.