Sign our petition at:
Dear Gov. Paul LePage,
We, the undersigned, call on you and your administration to withdraw
the lawsuit against Blue Hill farmer Dan Brown of Gravelwood Farm.
Recent rule changes by the Maine Department of Agriculture – including
poultry processing and raw milk sales – are making criminals out of
hard-working Mainers who are growing and processing food to share in
their communities. Now the Department of Agriculture and State of
Maine are suing a man milking one cow and selling jams, pickles, and
other prepared foods from his farmhouse kitchen. If successfully
pursued, this lawsuit will have a chilling effect on Maine’s growing
local food movement and the promise of real economic development in
our rural communities. Shouldn’t Maine’s small-scale, diversified
farms and cottage businesses have the same opportunities generations
before us had, without the threat of lawsuits or armed raids as we are
witnessing around the U.S.?
Read our full letter at www.savingseeds.wordpress.com.
And check out the coverage of our growing movement in the latest issue
of Saving Seeds at