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Farmers’ markets, food access & the USDA Farm Bill

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Next week we team up with our collaborators in the Maine Local Foods Access Network to launch a one-day Giving Tuesday campaign. Our goal: raise $2,000 to help expand the network of Maine Harvest Bucks markets into more communities and find increased success with all participating markets. It’s a humble goal, really, considering that the […]

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Finding Success with Local Partnerships

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As the outdoor market season winds down, we have much to celebrate – and plenty to learn from – after the first year under the Maine Harvest Bucks statewide nutrition incentive brand. (Previously Maine farmers’ market nutrition incentive programs operated under various names such as “double value coupon” or “bonus bucks.”) Since April, nearly $50,000 Maine […]

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Farmers’ Market WIC check deadline Oct 31st

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October 31st is the deadline for participants in the Women, Infants, and Children program to redeem their Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). FMNP checks can only be used when buying directly from farmers at farmers’ markets and farm stands. There are $20,000 in checks out there around the state that were distributed to WIC participants […]

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Rep Chellie Pingree to visit Augusta FM at Mill Park

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ADVISORY: TUESDAY—Pingree to visit summer meal site in Portland and farmers market in Augusta with top Obama Administration official Contact:  Andrew Colvin, (202) 527-4681 (Pingree) Eddie Ortega, (617) 699-7283 (USDA) WHAT: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree will join the top Obama Administration official in charge of federal nutrition programs—USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon—to see on-the-ground efforts to […]

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Maine Harvest Bucks workshops

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A series of Maine Harvest Bucks workshops and other preparations for year 2 of the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant program have kept us busy over the last couple of months. Below is the slideshow from the workshop, which includes links to various tools and templates available to help organize your market’s Maine Harvest Bucks […]

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USDA advice on truck farming

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Here are some quotes from the USDA’s Yearbook of Agriculture from years gone by. Wise advice and as true today as ever. . . 1908 YEARBOOK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. p.354 TRUCK FARMING The production of garden vegetables, commonly called truck farming, is one of the most intensive types of farming, and requires a […]

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The Farmers’ Market WIC program

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The Maine Department of Human Services and the Maine Department of Agriculture cooperate to sponsor the Maine WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Using federal funding, these special WIC checks are given to folks who already qualify for the regular WIC checks, which are redeemable in stores for specified products. The Farmers’ Market WIC Checks are […]

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