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Maine Highlands farm promotion group takes stock, plants roots

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 14, April 02, 2003

DOVER-FOXCROFT Recently a group of twenty area farmers raising vegetables, fruits and livestock products met to formally organize The Maine Highlands Farm Products Promotion Group. Products and services of the organization's members will be marketed under the name of The Maine Highlands Farm Products.

The goal of this organization will be to work to promote and market agricultural-related products to consumers and improve the profitability of their farms.

They also plan to identify and develop new direct and indirect (wholesale) markets, and develop feasible cooperative marketing plans to provide local farm products to the residents of this area. Enhance the ability of local farms to market their fresh and value added products and improve the profitability of their farm.

Officers and a Board of Directors were chosen at the meeting. They include President - Lorraine Stutzman, Sangerville; Vice President- Linda Clewley, Charleston; Secretary - Wally Sinclair, Brownville; Publicity- Donna Lamb, Sebec; Treasurer-Felix Blinn, Brownville; At Large Directors - Bob Petersen, Sebec; Richard Wyman, Milo; and Alan Clemence, Charleston.

A number of subcommittees have formed to start working on the projects the group received funding for from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grant. They will be working on identifying local farms and farm products, development of a map of area farms, identifying new market opportunities, consumer survey, logo and advertising. They will also be working on a Piscataquis Public Health Council Grant to make healthy foods available to area residents.

The next meeting of The Maine Highlands Farm Products Promotion Group will be on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7 pm at the Extension Office in Dover-Foxcroft and is open to all interested people. For more information contact Wally Sinclair, Wally Sinclair, Milksheet@prexar.com, 965-8432; Rainie Stutzman, doughtyhill@prexar.com, 876-8596; Linda Clewley, shadym@gwi.net.


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