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Jonah Fertig-Burd

This friend of food cooperatives makes things happen behind the scenes.

November 22, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – When a new food-related cooperative in Maine is announced, the worker-owners tend to crowd together for a triumphant picture. Maybe there’s a banner. Whether the new owners are running a coffee roaster in Rockland or a farm in Lewiston, there are definitely big smiles.

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Depletion of nitrogen in forest soil could reduce trees’ ability to offset climate change

November 21, 2018 – By Timothy B. Wheeler, Bay Journal – Forests worldwide are using up the nitrogen in their soil, a new study found. That’s a bit of good news for the Chesapeake Bay, which is ailing in large part from too much nitrogen getting into the water. But the study’s authors warn that a widespread decline of nitrogen in forest soils bodes ill for efforts to prevent global climate change.

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Waldo farmer to share story at Farmland Access, Transfer Conference

November 20, 2018 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – “In the next decade, more than 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will transition in ownership, raising the question: what will happen to that land?” said Erica Buswell, vice president of programs for MFT and co-host of the fourth annual Farmland Access and Transfer Conference, in a news release.

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As we celebrate the bounty of Thanksgiving, hunger among seniors is on the rise

November 19, 2018 – By Mary Gatta, Bangor Daily News - As we approach Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season, some people often joke that they are preparing for a “season of eating.” Whether it is holiday parties with seemingly endless trays of appetizers and wine; family dinners complete with turkey coupled with overflowing sides of stuffing, potatoes and vegetables and decadent desserts; or just the extra cookies and candies that are available, food is a significant part of the season. Overflowing holiday plates are, however, far from the reality for many. For countless older Mainers, food insecurity is sadly a more accurate reality.

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A sharing economy for plants: Seed libraries are sprouting up

November 19, 2018 – By Michael Carolan, The Conversation – Humans have been holding late-year harvest celebrations for millennia. Beyond bulking up for winter, these events have an enduring theme: Being grateful for what one has, while noting a duty to share one’s good fortune.

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Know Your Farmer | Roxbury Farm

November 18, 2018 – The Real Organic Project – Jody Bolluyt and Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm operate a 400 acre integrated family farm in the North Hudson Valley, NY. Each year they grow 30 acres of vegetables and 30 acres of cover crops and practice rotational grazing with their livestock. Through skilled management they have doubled the organic matter in the soil and minimized the use of off-farm inputs by growing their own fertility. Jean-Paul is optimistic about our future in the face of climate change. The changes observed on their own land due to their thoughtful production practices are evidence that “the soil is going to save us.”

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Maine farmers bundle up, gear up for winter markets

November 16, 2018 – By Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News – Once a sign of spring and the new growing season in Maine, farmers markets are becoming a year-round tradition in the state with communities from Houlton to Biddeford extending the season by hosting winter farmers markets.

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