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Maine is a state rich in scenic beauty and natural resources with the potential to produce an abundant amount of food. Today, the number of farmers in the state is increasing, and market opportunities for farmers and fishermen are opening up with innovation throughout the food system and support from consumers that value and enjoy increasing access to a wide variety of fresh, healthy, locally and regionally produced foods.

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9/28/15
Imagine, if you will, that you come from a hot, dry place. And now you are “resettled” in a place that is green, cold, and wet. You speak a language, in fact a number of dialects, so unlike English that English sounds like no language at all. You are a member of the Somali Bantu community in Lewiston, Maine, a small city of some 36,000 people where about 22 percent are at or below the poverty
9/3/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Farmers and food advocates still pushing for sustainability and fair labor standards in July 2016 contract On August 31st, the Office of Strategic Procurement for the University of Maine System released their request for proposal (RFP) for food service at six of the seven University of Maine Campuses. “Maine students,
8/13/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Encourage Chancellor Page to Support Maine Food for UMaine System Recommendations Opportunities like this one don’t come around very often. In the next two weeks, the University of Maine system will finalize language for its request for proposal (RFP) for a new food contract. Their current ten-year, $12.5 million
7/16/15
Producer cooperatives have had a central role in American agriculture for the past 150 years and are continuing to grow in Maine and the Northeast today. In a producer cooperative, individual producers, such as farmers or fishermen, are owners of the cooperative, which provides services such as marketing, aggregation, distribution, and value-added processing. Producer cooperatives can provide
6/25/15
Hi, my name is Cynthia. I am stationed at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance ( NAMA) headquarters most of the time working on the day to day ins and outs of our nonprofit; but sometimes I get out and enjoy Seafood Throwdowns with our Partners. On Saturday, June 27 th , I’m taking a road trip to an extraordinary Seafood Throwdown, which will take place as part of Maine Fare on the waterfront

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