Future of farming to be discussed in Ellsworth

Posted April 20, 2012, at 12:23 p.m.
Last modified April 20, 2012, at 6:45 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A panel of experts, including the commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, will discuss farms and the future of agriculture in the state during a forum Monday evening in Ellsworth.

The forum, titled “Maine Agriculture: Our Food, Our Farms, Our Future,” will feature a panel discussion with the following participants: Walt Whitcomb, the LePage administration’s agriculture commissioner; Nancy Smith, director of GrowSmart Maine; Stewart Smith, a farmer and retired professor of sustainable agriculture at the University of Maine; David Bell, executive director of the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission; Paul Volckhausen, a representative of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association from Hancock County; and William Thayer, an organic farmer who uses online and catalog marketing.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Ellsworth City Hall. The forum is being organized by OneMaine Hancock, a nonprofit organization that promotes nonpartisan solutions to key issues and has a political action committee that will financially support legislative candidates of any party who share the organization’s views.