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Maine networks support young farmers, before they drop out

Jenn Legnini is standing in her processing plant in Brunswick, Maine. She casts a thoughtful eye over rows of neatly packed glass jars lining the concrete walls. Each is wrapped in textured white paper bearing the simple Turtle Rock Farm logo. There are relishes and fruit spreads. Pickles are a customer favorite, and so are the organic whole-peeled tomatoes.

Since 2013, Ms. Legnini has been hard at work trying to capture the fruits of Maine’s short growing season. She sighs, wishing she were further along in establishing her brand. 

“How am I still building this? How am I still working to establish this six years in?” she asks with a wry smile. 

Ms. Legnini works with other farmers in Maine to turn their produce into value-added goods. What began

Farmers supporting farmers“We have to be able to talk”

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