|State moves to protect Maine’s largest sugar maple plantation|
Mainebiz - 9/22/2017. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is seeking to acquire a $1.2 million conservation easement, through its Land for Maine's Future program, to protect the Big Six sugar maple plantation in Somerset County. Maine Public reported the agency is the lead applicant for the 23,600-acre swath of timberland, which accounts for about a quarter of the state's maple syrup output. Much of the maple production at Big Six is done by Canadian syrup producers and most of its syrup is shipped to wholesalers in New Hampshire and Vermont.
|This weekend – 41st Annual Common Ground Country Fair|
The Free Press - 9/21/2017. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will hold its 41st annual Common Ground Country Fair, a celebration of rural and sustainable living in Maine, this Friday to Sunday, September 22 to 24, rain or shine at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Fair activities are spread across 40-plus well-tended acres, with perennial gardens, walkways and orchards.
|$8.6 Million Available for Community Food Projects|
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 9/21/2017. USDA has announced the availability of approximately $8.6 million in funding through the competitive CFP program. Administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), CFP grants are intended to help eligible nonprofits, tribal organizations, and food program service providers launch projects that promote self-sufficiency and food security in low-income communities. Project support ranges from $10,000–$400,000 and project duration can range from one to four years. These one-time grants require a dollar-for-dollar match, which can include an in-kind contribution. View the full application details here. The deadline to submit applications is December 4, 2017 at 5pm Eastern Time.