Monthly Archives: November 2011

Farm Raids and the Feds… it’s no joke, friends!

Some folks may try to tell you that a local food ordinance is unnecessary for your town, and that there is no real threat to our food security or our constitutional rights.  If you find yourself in such a conversation, please take the moment to explain to them about the many farm raids that have been happening across the country, and in particular the picnic dinner in Nevada that was shut down.  Also remind them that  little kids’ lemonade stands are being shut down* across the country.   Ask them if they have heard about the members of a food charity that were arrested for feeding the hungry.  Ask them how they feel about their tax money going to a year-long Federal sting operation to arrest an Amish man for selling raw milk to meet consumers demand.  Now that they are interested and ready to learn more, you can summarize this letter from Chellie Pingree to Commissioner Hamburg, discussing her concerns about FDA regulations and the use of our taxpayer money. And lastly, give them the address to this website so they can join with our efforts!  Now kick back and treat yourself to some local food…you deserve the best!

*the article will appear after you endure the advertisement, and it’s worth the wait!

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Farmer being sued by the state in Sedgewick, Maine

Please read about the current situation in Sedgewick.  This is a critical case in the fight to reclaim our constitutional rights.  Tomorrow we are driving from Oxford Hills to Blue Hill, where we will meet with Bob St. Peter, interview some folks in the area, and bring home some useful information about passing a local food ordinance in our towns.  Please reply to this post if you have any specific questions you want us to ask in our interviews.

We Are All Farmer Brown

Local Food Rules

Getting Organized

Ok so Halloween is over- why do things still seem kinda spooky?

Why is food so expensive? Why is local, organic food even more expensive, while hotdogs and soda are still pretty cheap?

Do you care about preserving the Maine tradition of small family farming, independence, and the beautiful natural and pastoral environment around us?  Do you want your kids and grandkids to be able to smell, taste, and eat real food?  Are you also concerned about the unhealthy, genetically-modified and artificially-ripened foods that are becoming all too common?

Basic rights and access to affordable, healthy, local foods are increasingly being threatened by government policy and pressure from Industrial Agriculture corporations.  Mainers need to send a message to policymakers that we care about our future and our children’s future. They need to know that we are aware that our basic rights for family farms and local food  are being obstructed by over-regulation, subsidies for industrial farming, seed and food patenting, Genetically Engineered crops (GMO), fear-mongering about food-safety, and policies that are shutting down our access to local foods.

Please join the community of concerned farmers, consumers, youth, and businesses as we work to pass a local food ordinance in our towns of the Oxford Hills area.  We are not affiliated with any specific group, but are the community voice of concerned Mainers.  Please join us and speak up about protecting our health, rights, and future.

Send an email to growmainefood.farms@gmail.com  if you would like to learn more and get involved.

local food ordinance

Here is the template for the Local Food Ordinance that has already passed in 5 towns in Maine: Blue Hill, Penobscot, Trenton, Hope, and Sedgewick.

This template is open for use in other towns wishing to pass this ordinance.  We plan to use the same template in our towns in the Oxford Hills area.  Please take a moment to read it over and comment.