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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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National Fisherman – Shuckin’ and Thrivin’: Scallop futures in the Gulf of Maine

New England’s small-boat scallopers are not just diving and dragging for their catch. They’re driving to change the way it’s managed. “My biggest worry is that we just have a fishery to work on,” says Kristan Porter, 46, a scallop … Continue reading

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Maine Harvest Credit Project – Sun Journal

“Supporters Hope to Organize First-in-the-Country Food and Farming Credit Union”   Read the full article here.

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RSF Social Finance – Harvesting Capital for Maine’s Food Economy

With eight thousand plus farms in Maine, New England’s northernmost state is also its most agricultural. Since 2007, agricultural sales in the Pine Tree State have grown an astonishing 24 percent. But before you celebrate, consider this: financing small farms … Continue reading

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Bangor Daily – Northern Girl Closes its Doors

Sadly, Northern Girl Food Processor has chosen to close it doors and is looking for a suitable buyer for the business.  Read full article here.

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Zest Magazine features Slow Money Maine in their current issue

Check out the latest article about Slow Money Maine in the current issue of Zest magazine.  If you’d like a hard copy to share with others, we will have some available at our gathering next Wednesday in Gardiner! Read the … Continue reading

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