New Milk and Cheese Bill Hearing This Week!

March 2, 2014

“We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major
responsibility of it is participation.”
–Wynton Marsalis

PUBLIC HEARING ON NEWLY PROPOSED MILK AND CHEESE BILL ON MARCH 4TH AT
1PM IN ROOM 214 of the CROSS BUILDING.

Public notice is short during this short session, but legislative and
public support for direct sales of fresh, unprocessed dairy keeps
growing. This time around, several Maine Cheese Guild members have been
working on bill language with Rep. Bill Noon (D-Sanford) on LD 1286 An
Act To Allow the Sale of Unregulated Farm-produced Dairy Products at
the Site of Production.

We have worked hard time and again to raise our voices over the last
five years to keep traditional ways of exchanging food legal. Each
time, awareness is raised, more understanding is reached and…we get
closer.

It is time for us to once again raise our voice, submit testimony,
attend the public hearing. PARTICIPATE! This bill aims to restore the
legitimacy to small-scale dairies that was stripped away by internal
language changes by the Quality Assurance and Regulations Division of
the Department of Agriculture in 2009. Please read the bill carefully.
Please consider it well. Please raise your voice and submit your
testimony to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
If you can, please attend the hearing in Augusta this Tuesday.”

Links below:

Committee Info.: Please submit testimony (one page or less is good) to
the clerk of the committee linked on the page:
http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/jt_com/acf.htm

Bill Text:
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP1278&item=1&snum=126

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Local Food Rules Harvest Meal Hosted by Food for Maine’s Future

November 5, 2013

You are all invited to attend a potluck, harvest bounty swap and strategy session at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

Saturday, November 16th from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

Please bring yourselves, anyone else you know who is interested in the important food sovereignty work we are doing, a pot luck dish to share, you own picnic ware and an item from your own personal food bounty to place on the swap table.
And a good, productive time will be had by all!

Contact Betsy at hgarrold@yahoo.com with any questions.   See the event listing on our Facebook page.


Goat Milk is not a Crime!

August 30, 2013

Please come out and show your support for young mother Alorah and her
baby Carson. Faced with a threat from DHHS that Carson could be taken
away because the family fed him a homemade goat’s milk formula from
their own goats, this family has reached out to the broader community
for support.

Help us encircle them, support them and rally around them at 11:00 am September  5th in Cascade Park, State Street, Bangor.

From the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance which aims
to protect citizens from just this sort of agency overreach:

“Section 5.2. Right to Access and Produce Food. Name of Town citizens
possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume
local foods of their choosing.

Section 5.3. Right to Self-Governance. All citizens of Name of Town
possess the right to a form of governance which recognizes that all
power is inherent in the people, that all free governments are founded
on the people?s authority and consent.

Section 5.4. Right to Enforce. Name of Town citizens possess the right
to adopt measures which prevent the violation of the rights enumerated
in this Ordinance.”

Standing together protects us all! Hope to see you next Thursday in Bangor!

Blessings on your day!


Children of the Corn

May 31, 2012

Bob looks over seedlings incubating for future planting at Saving Seed Farm. The farm this year will be host to Saving Seed Camp and Community Events.

This article reflects on an Iroquois tribe’s heritage seed survives the ages. Cultivating and preparing corn for long term storage, generates community wealth that can be transferred community to community. In Sedgwick, ME Saving Seeds Farm is building a seed bank and working to build a corn seed collaborative.

See on tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com