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Famed Photographer William Wegman Creates Limited Edition Print to Benefit MOFGA and CMCA

November 30, 2018 – Rocky Coast News – Famed photographer William Wegman, known worldwide for his witty and strikingly human photographs of his Weimaraners, has created an exclusive limited-edition print to benefit two Maine nonprofits, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). Titled, “Topper,” the 30 x 24 inch print, produced in an edition of 10, pictures Wegman’s dog Topper seated against a coral pink background and wearing a “wig” of curly leaf lettuce. A classic Wegman image, each print is $8,000, and is individually signed and numbered by the artist. The full purchase price of each print directly supports MOFGA and CMCA equally.

 

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Farmers: Buy local, buy ugly

November 30, 2018 – By Jane Vaughan, Keep Me Current – Local farmers urged the public at an agricultural economy forum this week to accept the distasteful aspects of farming and less-than-perfect produce, saying a crooked cucumber is just as good as a straight one.

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Caribou farm feeds Mainers

November 30, 2018 – The County – Thanks to the hard work of farmers across Maine, including those at Irving Farms in Caribou, thousands of Mainers who struggle to make ends meet will have fresh vegetables on their tables this holiday season.

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Cape farmer takes lead for area market

November 30, 2018 – By Abigail Worthing, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry – While dropping temperatures may preclude an outdoor farmers market, starting Dec. 1 the Portland Farmers Market will head indoors to bring fresh produce to residents through the cold winter months.

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Ag Leaders Speak Out Against Pending Move of Federal Research Agencies

November 29, 2018 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Lending their voices to the growing opposition against the proposed relocation and reorganization of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), 21 former U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, Undersecretaries, and Land-Grant University leaders submitted a letter today to House and Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committee leadership. In the letter, these 21 leaders outline the likely negative outcomes of moving and/or reorganizing the nonpartisan research agencies. They summarize the proposed move as one that will “undermine our food and agriculture enterprise by disrupting and hampering the agencies’ vital work.”

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Kirsten Lie-Nielsen Launches New Book at Left Bank Books

November 29, 2018 – By Brenda Bonneville, Maine Art Scene – Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast invites the public to celebrate the release of writer-farmer Kirsten Lie-Nielsen’s new book, So You Want to be a Modern Homesteader: All the Dirt on Living the Good Life, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11. Lie-Nielsen and her partner live on a 93-acre farm in Liberty where they are restoring an 1860s-era farmhouse and surrounding land.

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The E.Coli scare actually helped some Maine farmers

November 28, 2019 – By Julia Bayly – A nationwide outbreak of the E.Coli virus linked to romaine lettuce coming out of California has created an increased demand for locally grown greens in Maine.

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Global food system is broken, say world’s science academies

November 28, 2018 – By Damian Carrington, The Guardian – The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world.

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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe

November 27, 2018 – By Carey Gillam, Environmental Health News – Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies – all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be safe. But a new wave of scientific scrutiny is challenging those assertions.

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