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Heather Retberg

Quill's End Farm --Local Food Rules
Farmer -- Organizer
Penobscot, Maine
Heather Retberg and her husband Phil first met as young children in Mexico, where their fathers were missionaries.  Led through many twists and turns by their faith and values, they now live on a small, diversified, grass-based farm with their own family in Penobscot, ME. Heather home-schools their three children, Alexander, Benjamin, and Carolyn.  When the state Department of Agriculture began re-defining small-scale family farms according to federal rules for processing chickens and selling raw milk, threatening the family's livelihood, a community farm and food rights advocate was born!  She is now looked to by farmers across the state and country as a leader in the fight for local control of local food systems. Heather serves as the president of the Halcyon Grange working on collaboratively rebuilding agriculture infrastructure and cultural, historical knowledge about food and farming. Heather serves on the board of Food for Maine's Future, and is the leader of Local Food RULES which promotes a revolution in thinking about who should control our local food exchanges.


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