Legal Food Hub

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Old Labor Laws Run up against New Farming Approaches

CLF’s Ben Tettlebaum, a staff attorney in our Maine office, is featured in this Portland Press Herald article about farmers and labor law. At the Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta last month, the Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Services Food Hub hosted a panel on Employment Law for farmers, with the goal of “untangling the web…

Local Food Innovation: A Win for Maine
by Ben Tettlebaum

This past weekend, ten teams competed to win the first ever Maine Farm, Fish, and Food Innovation Challenge. What’s an “Innovation Challenge”? Think Top Chef for startup businesses aimed at expanding the sustainable distribution, processing, marketing, and aggregation of Maine foods. Thirty-six participants representing 10 teams participated in the weekend event at Bowdoin College. Over…

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CLF Celebrates Opening of Historic Boston Public Market
by Josh Block

“The Boston Public Market is a true reflection of our community coming together to enrich the local economy and provide healthy, fresh food for Boston residents,” said Jenny Rushlow, Director of Conservation Law Foundation’s Farm & Food Initiative. “Local farmers and food businesses are at the heart of a thriving New England. CLF was thrilled to join so many passionate advocates in making this first-of-its-kind market a reality, and we look forward to seeing this success replicated throughout the region.”

Celebrating the Opening of Boston Public Market
by Elena Mihaly

This first-of-its-kind, all locally sourced market was brought about with the help of CLF’s Legal Services Food Hub The grand opening of the Boston Public Market today included beautiful displays of plump summer fruits and glistening freshly caught seafood, but that’s not what caught my eye. My focus was drawn to the various stall arrangements for…

Farmers and Lawyers: A Match Made in Maine
by Ben Tettlebaum

Noah Fralich moved back home to Maine with one ambition: to open a business on his family’s land in New Gloucester. His fledgling cidery business was just getting off the ground when he hit a snag – the name of his business was already trademarked by someone else. Now, in the midst of trying to grow…

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Conservation Law Foundation Launches Pro Bono Legal Service for Maine Farmers and Food Entrepreneuers
by Carol Gregory

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) launched the Maine Legal Services Food Hub today at a networking breakfast with local government leaders, attorneys, farmers, and food entrepreneurs. Recognizing the role of farmers and food businesses in the economic and environmental health of Maine communities, the Legal Services Food Hub is the first of its kind network that connects smaller-scale farmers, food businesses, and food-related organizations with pro bono legal services to help start, grow, and operate their businesses. CLF launched the first Legal Services Food Hub in Massachusetts last year.