agriculture

Misty Meadows Farms in Clinton prepares for the Farm Days trade show Thur., Aug. 23 & Fri., Aug. 24.
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A working farm in Clinton is hosting a two day Agricultural Trade Show through tomorrow. Organizers say Maine Farms Days at Misty Meadows Farm is designed to give the public and farmers the opportunity to visit a working farm, see the operation of new equipment and technology and experience different areas of agriculture.

Dale Finseth, Executive Director of the Kennebec Soil and Water Conversation District, says the event dates back to at least 1969. He says it’s his understanding that the event initially focused on dairy farms and farmers.

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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 23 at 10:00 pm
Sat., March 25 at 11:00 am

While "buying local" is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making Maine farms hard-hit by the drought eligible for federal assistance.

The USDA has designated Androscoggin and Oxford counties as primary natural disaster areas because of the dry summer.

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Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., July 23 at 11:00 am

While "buying local" is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.

In three short vignettes we meet the young farm couple Ben and Tayrn, who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a famously fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub; artisanal butcher Ben who helps us better understand how healthier, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained; and Richard and Adam, father and son organic dairy farmers struggling to keep their family farm going and in the family.

These poignant stories help us understand the interconnected fates of Maine's small farms, consumers and the local food movement.

A member of the Gregg family uses a team of horses to harvest the crops
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Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 5:00 pm

A year in the life of the Gregg family on a four hundred acre farm in Mapleton, Maine where three generations of Country folk still work the land and forest using workhorses.

From harrowing to haying, and from plowing in the fields to twitching out logs in the snowy woods, the Greggs rely on a team of six workhorses to complete their tasks. This film shows heritage farming, done by the Greggs, but it also provides a glimpse into the Gregg family life.

The Lilac Ridge Farm family
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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 23 at 10:30 pm
Sat., June 25 at 11:30 am

A film about sustainable agriculture and local food, centered on a family run farm in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Lilac Ridge: Life on a Family Farm was produced by Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie of Ames Hill Film and Video.

A worker in the New Gloucester creamery
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NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — Maine's food industry is in the midst of a transition. The saga of slow decline for family farms has shifted to a story about the potential for new market opportunities — particularly for those that are branded as high quality products from Maine.


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MAPLETON, Maine — For decades, states like California have been synonymous with "agriculture," but as western graze lands dry up, producers and distributors are looking for fertile new places to grow crops and produce food.

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EASTON, Maine — That side of fries on your plate may have been harvested by a Maine child.

Maine Sees Jump in Number of Organic Farms

Sep 17, 2015
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The number of organic farms in Maine has increased by 36 percent over the last seven years, according to new data from the USDA.

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SACO, Maine — Several Maine dairy farms are pondering their future this week after finding themselves without a way of getting their milk to market. The reason? The hauler who transports their milk says it's no longer profitable to do so.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine-grown potatoes, carrots, blueberries and other produce will have more frequent appearances on University of Maine cafeteria plates if advocates for sustainable food have their way.

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Soil is more than dirt - it's the basis for healthy food production, supports our planet's biodiversity, and helps the earth combat and adapt to climate change.

Guests:  Ivan Fernandez - Professor of Soil Science at University of Maine's School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute, and, School of Food and Agriculture. 

Andrew Carpenter - Founder of the Belfast-based company Northern Tilth - a company that provides organic waste recycling technical services.

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Maine's mussel population could be in trouble. Wild shellfish harvesters are reporting few signs of life in areas that were once teeming with blue mussels.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine will get more than $600,000 from the federal government in support of the state's specialty crop producers, including producers of hops.

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