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Maine schools resist national plan to relax healthy lunch guidelines by serving fresh, local foods

“Our mission is to provide students with a nutritious meal that they can choose in order to help them with academic success. That’s our only mission.”
Audrey Tripp and her children, Elijah, 8, and Adele, 7, play with Cecilly, a baby Nigerian dwarf goat at their Auburn home. The Tripp family was given permission from the city to keep two goats as pets. But the city is now saying the family can not keep the goats because there's an ordinance against it.
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Maine city OKs pet goats, then tells family they have to go

“I don’t understand why we can’t just keep them. It doesn’t seem like it’s hurting anything. We already had permission.”
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Packages of L.A. Lucky Brand basil seeds recalled for possible health risks

Anyone who has purchased these recalled products should dispose of them.
A Maine farmer inspects a crop of peas.
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Pesticide bill rejected by Legislative panel

A legislative committee unanimously voted against a controversial pesticide bill that would have removed the ability for municipalities to enact pesticide regulations that are stricter than the state’s.
Abby Freethy, the owner of Northwoods Gourmet Girl in Greenville. Freethy, has spent the past decade building her brand producing jams, ketchups, sauces, dessert toppings and more.
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Northwoods Gourmet Girl owner aims for ‘world condiment domination,’ after surviving cancer

The wisecracking, no-nonsense, gregarious Abby Freethy seems like a tough cookie when you meet her, but when she talks about what she went through in 2015, the emotion can’t help but well up.
Jackie Robinson has been looking into buying her parents farm, Leaves and Blooms Greenhouses in Dover-Foxcroft. Robinson has been running the farm for seven years, but she is unable to get a loan because of defaulting on her student loan payments. She is working on repaying her $20,000 student loan debt, but at this point she has very few options to keep the farm in the family.
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Student debt could cost this Maine family the farm

The 175 acres of forest and farmland that’s home to Leaves and Blooms Greenhouse on Route 15 has been in Jackie Robinson’s family for four generations. But because of the damage that defaulting on her student loan payments has done to Robinson’s credit, it’s uncertain whether the farm will continue in the family for a fifth generation.
Sam Blackstone of Circle B Farms prepares to go pick up the bean pot for a group lunch at an open house and apple class at his Caribou farm in May 2016.
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Caribou farm named northern Maine food aggregator for UMaine system

A major University of Maine system food service provider is partnering with Circle B Farms of Caribou to bring more locally grown food to four UMaine campuses.
Sheep graze on Little Nash Island Wednesday. Alfie Wakeman and his family take care of approximately 150 sheep spread between Little and Big Nash Islands.
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These offshore Maine islands are populated only by sheep

The only visitors the sheep see regularly are those that come to check for lambs in the spring, and those that come every year for an Addison-area cultural rite of passage — shearing.
One of several couture clothing items created by Decontie and Brown. Model Dalaylun Demmons of Milford.
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Wabanaki jewelry and clothing design a celebration of past and present

Kate Garland, horticulturist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, talks about how to plan the a possible layout for a small container garden.
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No yard? No problem: How Mainers grow gardens in small spaces

It’s a good first step into growing your own produce and gives you the freedom to plant in whatever space you have.
Rain collects in a puddle in Bangor.
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Wet spring poses challenges for farmers

Unusually wet conditions and cold temperatures in the first half of May pose issues for Maine farmers who can’t seem to catch a break from a fickle Mother Nature.
University of Maine students Elizabeth Daman, left, and Isaac Mazzeo, work at the Orono Community Garden on Saturday morning. &quotI love the garden project," Mazzeo said.
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How community gardens are helping lower income Mainers

“They’re developing a relationship with their food. The garden is alive and full of living things, and people are getting to know the garden. It’s an act of engagement.”