WINSLOW — The town hopes initiate conversations with area farmers and those interested in locally produced food at a public forum Friday night.

After Winslow officials formed an agricultural working group in February to look at how current policies were affecting farming in the town, the group decided to look at the relationship between regional farmers and those interested in local food. One of the developments is Friday’s Kennebec Region Farming Open House and Forum

“We wanted to create an opportunity for people interested in farming to have a dialogue,” said Michael Heavener, Winslow town manager.

The event is open to the public and Heavener hopes a variety of community members attend.

“It could be anybody interested in farming and buying locally. It’s just an opportunity to come together,” he said.

The event at the Winslow VFW Hall starts with an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. where farmers can learn about business and financial assistance, tax programs and farmland conservation.

At 7 p.m., the forum will begin with a talk with John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, who will give his views on the future of farming in Maine.

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