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Could green crabs become a Maine delicacy?

Invasive green crabs responsible for decimating Maine’s soft-shell clam industry are being investigated for possible culinary purposes. Art conservator Jonathan Taggart, marine biologist Marissa McMahan, and Georgetown lobsterman Chris Jamison traveled to Venice last year to learn the secrets of harvesting green … Continue reading

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Maine Policy Review — “Owning Maine’s Future: Fostering a Cooperative Economy in Maine”

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FocusMaine Partners to Launch Job Creation Strategies

FocusMaine has a goal to stimulate the growth of between 5,000 to 12,000 direct traded jobs (primarily engaging in exports from Maine) and 14,000 to 32,000 indirect jobs(supplier and supports) over the course of the next ten years. Read full … Continue reading

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Last week, Amazon acquired Whole Foods. . . what do we make of that??

Last week, Amazon acquired Whole Foods in a move that has many wondering what this means for the direction of the economy. In my view, Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods does to organics what Uber did to the sharing economy: … Continue reading

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Alternative Food Production Needs Fresh Bread

This New Food Economy article details needs for funding local food businesses and the shift in mind sets required to make it happen. Sarah Smith of Grassland Farms, Iroquois Valley Farms and the Maine Harvest Credit Project are all featured … Continue reading

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The New Food Economy – Who’s benefiting from the billions invested in food startups? Not Middle America

A fascinating article about on the failure of Oklahoma City’s Urban Agrarian—and why local food is struggling outside the coastal bubbles — that applies to all local food communities across the country —  See full article here.

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Collective Commitments and KIVA Partnerships – Pat Pinto

In late 2016, I founded ‘Collective Commitments’ to support Maine entrepreneurs via a partnership with Kiva. Kiva is a non-profit supporting the vision that “Dreams are universal, but opportunity is not.” Its U.S. program provides 0% interest loans up to … Continue reading

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Portland Press Herald – How a Van Buren-based vegetable processor went from triumph to shutdown

The bad news arrived right around Labor Day. Northern Girl’s customer Whole Foods, which had been buying nearly 3,000 pounds of its fresh harvest medley every week – cleaned, cubed and ready to be roasted and served up in the … Continue reading

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Bangor Daily News- Program for Feeding Those Food Insecure in Aroostook Reaps National Attention

Although we sadly acknowledge news of Northern Girl closing its doors, we also want to acknowledge the positive impacts that this processing facility had in Aroostook County and beyond. Farmers, food banks, social service agencies such as Catholic Charities, employees, … Continue reading

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SMM article in the Bangor Daily News – “You don’t have to be a farmer to play a role in Maine’s local food scene”

BELMONT, Maine ― When Mike and Christa Bahner, of Bahner Farm in Belmont, had a hoop house collapse under the weight of snow a couple of winters ago, the couple didn’t have time to go through the red tape process … Continue reading

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