|Small-scale farmers creating a new profit model|
The New York Times - 7/2/2012. By Kirk Johnson – Beyond the familiar mantras about nutrition or reduced fossil fuel use, the movement toward local food is creating a vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture.
|Wet and warm weather brings uncommon pests, plus the usual suspects|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 7/1/2012. By Tom Atwell – The wet spring and warm winter have resulted in a lot more pests attacking gardens across Maine, James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Orono, said last week. Some of the pests are ones we deal with every year – slugs, ticks, aphids, cutworms and the like – while others are pests new to Maine that could cause major problems for home gardeners and commercial farmers.