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Highlands group looking for local farms

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 24, June 11, 2003

DOVER-FOXCROFT Farmers in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties, are you looking for opportunities to enhance your ability to market your fresh and value added products, and improve the profitability of your farm? You are invited to join the Maine Highlands Farm Products Promotion Group. As a member you will be able to participate in the group's marketing and promotion efforts that are being funded in part by a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant. This summer the group will be printing a place mat size map showing farms that have products or services available for the public. Plans are to offer restaurants. Chambers of Commerce and others a supply of maps so consumers will be able to locate nearby farms and their products. Also, the group is receiving funding from the Piscataquis Public Health Grant to coordinate local food alternatives with Eastern Area Agency on Aging and the Meals for ME staff at the Civil Defense Center in Milo. The grant will fund supplements to the Meals for ME regular daily menu with additional seasonal fresh vegetables, fruits and meats from Maine Highlands Farm Products Promotion Group members. Other activities of the group include monthly meetings and a consumer survey that will be mailed to a random list of households in the two county area to survey their purchase patterns of local produce and livestock products. Future meetings will discuss value-added opportunities for local farmers. The group meets regularly on the forth Wednesday of the month and all interest folks are invited to attend. The June 25th meeting will be held at 7 pm the CD Center on Sargent Hill Road in Milo, just off Route 16 the Dover Road. Dr. Russell Hazen, UM Food Science Dept. will discuss his recent Maine Food Survey findings, ideas for future value added grants and a refresher about good production standards for summer processed foods.

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