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The Island Institute announced a brand new initiative today, the Island Coastal Innovation Fund. It’s a great concept—a fund that will provide loans and equity investment to businesses in island and coastal communities, as well as permit-banking for the Maine groundfish industry. We were happy to make a little video for them:
Produced by Cecily Pingree & Jason Mann. Edited by Josh Povec. Original music by Joe Nelson.
Check out the Island Institute’s website for more information about ICIF.
And be sure to check out and support all three great businesses in the video: Black Dinah Chocolatiers in Isle Au Haut, Penobscot Island Air in Owl’s Head, and Calendar Islands Maine Lobster from Chebeague.
Last week, we shot a short piece for Arts Engine and Teaching Channel about the awesome teachers at King Middle School in Portland, Maine. The school is amazingly diverse (students speak 29 different languages!) and is among the best schools in the state of Maine. We saw middle school classes doing field work on the beach in Biddeford Pool with marine scientists, producing their own plays at Portland Stage Company, and presenting research projects that analyzed a topic of interest and also explored ways in which statistical data can be (and frequently is) manipulated in the media. These are some smart kids.
Arts Engine, in addition to producing a wide array of independent media, is a fiscal sponsor of documentary films, including our upcoming documentary Betting The Farm.
In February of this year, the New York Times profiled Aaron Bell and Carly DelSignore, two of the main characters in our feature documentary Betting The Farm. The story is a good general description of the struggles of Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. (or ‘MOO Milk’) over the past year or so, as this small group of Maine dairy farmers attempts to create a new model for small-scale dairy farming.
Aaron and Carly are raising their family and making a living on Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds, Maine.
Their farm is a six-hour drive from most potential customers — so far that their longtime processor, HP Hood, gave up on them in 2009, convinced that no one would never make a profit hauling milk such a vast distance.
But the married couple, part of the eighth generation to farm on Mr. Bell’s family’s land, is determined to keep dairy a viable industry here in Washington County. They are of a small, farmer-run outfit called Maine’s Own Organic Milk — MOO Milk for short — which hopes to persuade New England foodies to pick up a carton of MOO’s organic, local, slow-pasteurized milk instead of reaching for familiar national brands like Horizon Organic or Organic Valley.
Cecily was commissioned by the Times to create a video to accompany the article. With the help of DP/editor/brother-in-chief Lindsay Mann, they put together a brief glimpse of the challenges the Bells—and any of the other MOO Milk families—are facing.
Eight affordable housing projects that will generate $55 million in spending and create more than 900 jobs are under way or set to begin by summer in southern Maine, a welcome burst of activity in an otherwise sluggish construction season.