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How to rewild your garden: ditch chemicals and decorate the concrete

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May 30, 2018 – By Patrick Barkham, The Guardian – Rewilding excites people with its images of wolves and ambition to return entire landscapes to nature as humans withdraw after centuries of domination. But the grandeur of rewilding can also make the concept seem remote or irrelevant to people living ever more urban lives.

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Maine

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May 29, 2018 – By John Bott, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) report that emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in Maine. Despite an aggressive search for at least a decade, the destructive forest insect from Asia had not been detected in Maine previously. It has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in thirty-four states throughout the country. The estimated commercial (unprocessed) value of Maine ash trees is approximately $320 million.

Strolling of the Heifers touts health and wellness

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May 29, 2018 – By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer – Health and wellness are becoming more and more of a focus at the Strolling of the Heifers as interest in these topics grows among those who attend the event.

Lewiston’s New Roots Farming Co-Op Is Blossoming

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May 27, 2018 – By Caitlin Troutman – On a farm in Lewiston, fresh garlic is growing plentifully, and beet greens and spinach are popping out of the ground across three acres of farmland. Not long ago, though, there wasn’t anything growing here.

Kelsey Kobik has a special eye for photographing farm workers

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May 27, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – Kelsey Kobik takes beautiful photographs of agricultural life for groups like the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets and Maine Farmland Trust. We wanted to know how a native of Cape May, New Jersey, who studied history and South Asian languages at Syracuse University, ended up getting the insider’s view of places like Goranson Farm in Dresden, so we called her up to ask. It turns out she weeded, picked and sowed her way into this world as a seasonal farm worker.

OTA launches pilot to deter organic fraud

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May 25, 2018 – By Ashley Nickle, The Packer – Eleven Organic Trade Association members – including one fresh produce company – are participating in a pilot program to deter organic fraud.

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