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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
Can FoodCorps get America to eat healthfully?
Time Magazine - 8/23/2011.

By Bryan Walsh – The Hopi and Pima tribes of Arizona, like many other Native American tribes, suffer from dangerously high levels of obesity, higher than Americans nationally – and it's not like the rest of the population is in great shape. One of the biggest problems is simply food. Native Americans who live on reservations often lack access to fresh, wholesome food, and have lost connection to their own healthier traditional diets.

German village achieves energy independence … and then some
Biocycle - 8/22/2011.
By Christie Allen – In 1997, when the newly elected Mayor and Village Council of Wildpoldsried, Germany took their posts, everyone agreed that its goals should be to build new industry, keep initiatives local, bring in new revenues and create no debt. Those goals included construction of a new sports hall, theater stage, pub, and retirement house. Without going into debt, the mayor and council assumed it would take several decades to achieve. But clever thinking, a national policy that “paid back” on investments in renewable energy and a community-supported vision of environmental and economic stewardship, have led to fulfilling those goals in significantly less time.
The New Green Revolution: how twenty-first-century science can feed the world
Energy Bulletin - 8/22/2011.
By Olivier De Schutter and Gaëtan Vanloqueren – The combined effects of climate change, energy scarcity, and water paucity require that we radically rethink our agricultural systems. Countries can and must reorient their agricultural systems toward modes of production that are not only highly productive, but also highly sustainable.
Too many markets or not enough farmers?
Grist - 8/22/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – On the heels of the USDA announcement that farmers markets are sprouting up at a swift pace comes a contrarian article in The New York Times suggesting that this phenomenal growth might represent too much of a good thing: Farmers in pockets of the country say the number of farmers' markets has outstripped demand, a consequence of a clamor for markets that are closer to customers and communities that want multiple markets.
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