Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Herbs in Bloom: A Guide to Growing Herbs as Ornamental Plants
Take the Apple: Essays-Poems-Recipes from Apple Annie
Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences
Planting and Maintaining Sustainable Landscapes
Marketing Newsletter for Farmers

Resources for Value-Added Products

Herbs in Bloom



Herbs in Bloom: A Guide to Growing Herbs as Ornamental Plants
by Jo Ann Gardner.
$34.95, hardcover, 394 p. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon 97024


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Take the Apple: Essays-Poems-Recipes from Apple Annie
Joan C. Pratt/ Poems by Charles W. Pratt
72 pages, paperback, with photographs
Pomme Press, 1999
$8 from bookstores or from Pomme Press, 66 Rowell Rd., Brentwood NH 03833 (Tel. 603-778-8881).


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Planting and Maintaining Sustainable Landscapes: A Guide for Public Officials and the Green Industry
$7.50 from UMass Extension Bookstore, Draper Hall, Box 32010, UMass, Amherst MA 01003

This guide consolidates current, research-based information on landscape practices and plant materials that require reduced input of fertilizers and pesticides. It includes fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; the fate of pesticides applied to lawns; proper planting and maintenance of trees and shrubs; integrated pest management; and coastal landscaping; plus a comprehensive list of recommended plants for a variety of locations.

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Bentwood trellises


Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences
Jim Long 1998, Storey Publishing, 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247; 800-441-5700;
www.storey.com $19.95 U.S./$28.50 Canada 156 p., paperback

Jim Long shows, with good illustrations and easily followed instructions, how to make bentwood structures that can enhance your garden, fence off your chicken yard, hold up your roses, and more, as the excerpt below shows:

I especially liked Long’s directions about making a wattle fence from willow cuttings.

– Jean English


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Marketing Newsletter for Farmers

A new, quarterly publication called The Seasonal Marketer delivers marketing and business information to farmer direct marketers throughout the United States. Subscriptions are $7 per year. To receive a free sample issue, contact The Seasonal Marketer, 76 Applewood Dr., Meriden CT 06450-7900, call or fax 203-440-3092, or email the-red-pen@home.com. Be sure to include your name and complete mailing address.


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Resources for Value-Added Products

AgInnovation News – a quarterly newsletter of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), a state-funded, nonprofit corporation, which focuses on new uses and markets for agricultural commodities and value-added products. Free. To order, contact Dan Lemke, Communications Director, AURI, PO Box 251, Waseca MN 56093; Tel. 1-800-279-5010.

AgVenture Services Business Plan Kit – a program for developing value-added agribusinesses, from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture. $50. Contact Les Harrison, Division of Marketing and Development, 850-487-4322.

Farming Alternatives. Cornell’s Agricultural Development and Diversification Program – a newsletter that focuses on sustainable agriculture and diversification in the Northeast. To order, send a $10, $20 or $30 contribution payable to Cornell University to Farming Alternatives Program, Dept. of Rural Sociology, Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853; Tel. 607-255-9832.

Starting a Food Processing Business – business and food safety considerations involved in food processing. The $40 cost includes updates for five years. To order, send a check payable to Cooperative Extension Service and mail to Business Office, Cooperative Extension Service, PO Box 391, Little Rock AR 72203.

This Hawaii Product Went to Market: The Basics of Produce, Floral, Seafood, Livestock and Processed-Product Businesses in Hawaii – basic business advice about developing a successful, small, agricultural-related business. Send $11 & $4 s&h payable to Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, 2343 Rose St., Honolulu HI 96819; Tel 1-800-848-2074; fax 808-848-1921.

Ten Tip Sheets from USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program – lists free and low-cost resources on a range of agricultural topics. Tip Sheet #2, Add Value Through Marketing, is especially useful. Access at www.sare.org or from Valerie Berton, SARE Communications Specialist, 21221 Ag-Life Sciences Surge Building, Univ. of Maryland, College Park MD 20742-3358; Tel. 301-405-3186.

Source: Small Farm Digest, Fall 1999, a free publication published three times a year by Small Farm Program, Plant and Animal Systems, USDA, Mail Stop 2220, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington DC 20250-2220; Te. 202-401-6861; 1-800-583-3071; Fax 202-401-1602.


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MOF&G Cover Spring 2000