Blue Hill Maine Farmer Being Sued By State & Agricultural Commissioner

Town Residents to Rally Behind Farmer and Local Food Ordinance

On Wednesday, November 9, Dan Brown, owner of Gravelwood Farm in Blue Hill, Maine, was served notice that he is being sued by the State of Maine for selling food and milk without State licenses. Blue Hill is one of five Maine towns to have passed the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance, a local law that permits the types of sales Brown was engaged in. By filing the lawsuit, the State of Maine and Walter Whitcomb, Maine Agricultural Commissioner, are disregarding the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance passed nearly unanimously by the citizens of Blue Hill at their town meeting on April 4. Residents of Blue Hill will be attending the Selectmen’s meeting on Friday, November 18 to enforce the provisions of the Ordinance. The Blue Hill residents will be instructing the Town of Blue Hill to send a letter to theMaine Department of Agriculture requesting the State withdraw the lawsuit and recognize the authority of the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance.

A rally and press conference will take place Friday at the Blue Hill Town Hall. Details about this event and schedule for press calls will be released Monday, November 14.

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A rally and press conference will take place Friday at the Blue Hill Town Hall. Details about this event and schedule for press calls will be released Monday, November 14.

5 Responses to Blue Hill Maine Farmer Being Sued By State & Agricultural Commissioner

  1. Gordon Clark says:

    Go Blue Hill! There are many of us around the country on your side, all the best with the fight you are about to take on!

    Gordon Clark,
    Silver Spring, MD

  2. […] Local Food and Self Governance Ordinance Violated: According to Food for Maine’s Future (11/14), “On Wednesday, November 9, Dan Brown, owner of Gravelwood Farm in Blue Hill, Maine, […]

  3. Jean says:

    The county sheriff should enforce the local law and arrest any one
    that comes in to try to over ride it, Its his duty to protect the citizens of his county. He could deputize the whole town and then any one could make the arrest of the state bullys.

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