Growing Our Local Food Economy

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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…

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People & Communities

Together, we can support thriving and healthy communities for people across New England. What does it take for a community to thrive? It starts with clean air and clean water and access to good jobs, education, and health care. It also takes safe and affordable transportation choices, local green spaces, and easy access to fresh, healthy…

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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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Bee Grateful! Pollinator Protection Bills to be Heard by the Massachusetts Legislature on 11/17
by Annie Lemelin

On Tuesday, November 17, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture will hold a public hearing for a trio of bills relating to pollinator health: H. 731, H. 3417, and H. 655. A previous CLF blog post outlined the importance of pollinator health, detailed the alarming recent decline in honey bee…

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Can a Portland Food Policy Council Help Lead New England’s Food System?
by Ben Tettlebaum

For the first time in Portland’s history candidates for mayor and city council gathered over the last two nights to discuss all things food. Why? Because food touches everyone. The food system is the path food travels from field to fork and back again into production. It is a cycle that encompasses critical social and environmental…