BANGOR, Maine — Residents will be able to learn how they can support area farmers and eat better this year at meetings to be held around the state Sunday.

Again this year, the Maine Council of Churches and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will sponsor farm fairs where people can learn about community sustainable agriculture.

An informational fair will be held in Bangor for the first time from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St. Ryan Parker of Parker Produce in Newport will talk about the community sustainable agriculture program available through his farm.

Similar food fairs will be held at the same time Sunday in Belfast, Damariscotta, Rockland and Waterville.

More than 140 farms in Maine have investors, who have purchased 6,200 shares, according to MOFGA. Some coastal communities have formed similar relationships with fishermen.

“There is no formula to [community sustainable agriculture],” MOFGA states on its Web site. “Each is as unique as the community supporting it. The bottom line is that people make commitments to farms, and in return farmers make commitments to produce for their members the freshest, most flavorful, highest quality food possible.”

The cost of membership at local farms for the 2010 growing season varies. At Parker Produce, according to information on the farm’s Web site, a full share, which will feed four to five people, costs $525. A half-share, designed to feed two to three people, is $375. Shareholders pick up their vegetables and products on Friday afternoons at the farm, in Winterport or in Bangor.

Fairs also will be held Sunday at:

• Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St.

• Great Salt Bay School, 559 Main St., Damariscotta.

• First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland.

• Barrel’s Community Market, 74 Main St., Waterville.

For more information, contact MOFGA at 568-4142 or visit; or the Maine Council of Churches at 772-1918 or visit