Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Corinne Martin
Corinne Martin photo by Joyce White.

Corinne Martin, Herbalist
By Joyce White
Corinne Martin began learning about the use of herbs in healing in response to daughter Lara’s asthma, which began in early childhood. In addition, when Lara was 12, a car accident left her with a seizure disorder, and the asthma attacks had become increasingly severe. At one point, Lara was on a respirator, and medical personnel told Martin she couldn’t live through the night, that they could do nothing more for her daughter. But Martin didn’t give up hope, and Lara lived. Within six months, she was free of life-threatening asthma attacks and seizures.

Biodiesel History and Facts
By Ralph Turner, P.E.
The benefits of biodiesel have generated considerable interest in Maine, especially in the environmental and agricultural communities. Biodiesel is chemically converted from vegetable and animal fats to be similar to diesel, but with lower regulated emissions and better health effects in most respects.

Sludge by Any Name Will Never Be “Organic”
By Sue Smith-Heavenrich
For those of us who would compost everything but the kitchen sink, the idea of returning the nutrients from human waste back to the soil is appealing. Indeed, for many hundreds of years farmers have done just that, recycling “night soil” back to the earth. Now the EPA and producers of sewage sludge soil amendments would have us believe that we can turn municipal waste into “organic” fertilizer.
Beehive mosaic
Detail of a Beehive mosaic. English photo.

Beehive Collective Offers Mosaic to MOFGA
By Larry Lack
The Beehive Collective is offering MOFGA an unusual present. As a tribute to MOFGA and its contributions to agriculture, the Machias-based collective is designing a stone mosaic depicting contemporary agriculture at a critical crossroads. The mosaic will illustrate the history of agriculture and contrast the sustainable path that MOFGA practices and promotes with the unsustainable road of industrial, biotech-based agriculture. The collective is already raising funds for what it says will be an entirely self-financed project, and members hope the “monumental” mosaic they plan to create over the next five years will occupy the central part of the floor in the exhibition hall at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity.

Tasting Apples – Fall 2002 & Winter 2003
By John Bunker
As coordinator of Fedco’s nursery sales, I am regularly asked many unanswerable questions, such as, “What is your favorite apple?” Or, “What apples should I grow in my yard?” Of the several thousand varieties out there today, I confess that I have tasted only a few hundred at best, and I’m fairly sure my taste buds are different from yours. Still my strategy has been to continue to taste varieties “out of hand” (fresh) and to cook with them whenever I get the chance.

Simply Grande’s Sorrel – Not Just a Springtime Treat
By Jean Ann Pollard
Perfect for making soup, sorrel also adds a quick, acidic taste to salads when cut into small bits. Sprinkling it on salad greens with chopped chives presents a real taste treat. Scrambled eggs or egg custards are also inspired by it, and bagel lovers find that adding it to cream cheese is – well, fine!

By Roberta Bailey
Each year I seem to get excited about a different fruit or vegetable. Last year it was soybeans and black currants, the year before favas. Not that I lose interest in the old ones: I made some lively black currant juice this summer, and the soybeans were prolific. It’s more like my curiosity moves on to something new. This year, I grew a lot of tomatillos.

Sweet Potatoes
By Roberta Bailey
Sweet potatoes can be grown in the North. They need about four frost-free months and a little extra attention, but you can grow them just as well as you can grow other tropical plants, such as cantaloupes and sweet peppers.

Black Cohosh – A Native Woodland Plant
By Deb Soule
In the early ’80s, while studying the native medicinal plants of North Carolina, I first met black cohosh growing wild in the Appalachian Mountains. Its 4- to 5-foot-tall, white flowering spires (racemes) were stunning to come upon in the deciduous forests. I immediately took a liking to this plant. A few years later I transplanted two young plants into my garden. Fourteen years later these plants have spread by roots to fill a 13- by 10- foot area with over 100 flowering racemes.
Drawing by Toki Oshima
Toki Oshima drawing

The Benefits of Raising Animals on Pasture
By Diane Schivera
Note: Our understanding of the benefits of raising animals on pasture continues to accumulate, so Diane Schivera has updated this article that she originally wrote for the Dec. 2001-Feb. 2002 issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Grass feeding benefits the health of the grazing animals; the health of people who eat products from these animals; and the health of the environment. Grazing animals appear to be the solution to many of mankind’s problems!

A Primer on Fatty Acids
By Jean English

Gardening Whodunits
By Eric Sideman, Ph.D.
The causes of some garden tragedies are obvious, while other causes are mysterious. When Colorado potato beetles eat every leaf and your potatoes never get larger than golf balls, there really is no puzzle to solve. But sometimes gardeners don’t know what went wrong, and they chalk some problems up to a bad season, when a tiny insect or hidden disease actually caused the problems. You can’t do anything about crop failures in New England in September, but the following clues to and remedies for common problems should help next year.

Tips & Tidbits
Organic for Kids – Seven Tips for Buying Organic Foods
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Katie Turner: Common Ground Fair PR Machine
By Lisa Turner, MOFGA Board President
Well, it’s finally here – time for the Fair!! If you’re not excited about the Fair already, then you need to talk to my daughter Katie. Katie is nine years old, and this will be her fifth Fair where she has volunteered for the whole weekend. And she can’t wait!

First, Do No Harm …
By Russell Libby, MOFGA Executive Director
Two thousand years ago, when Hippocrates articulated the fundamental guide for physicians, the guide was a clear statement of a starting point. Now we need to extend his philosophy to our larger, more complex world, healing both individuals and society.

What’s New?
By Jean English, Editor, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
Leave it to MOFGA member Peter Baldwin to take his time answering my question, “What’s new?” He ate a bowl of soup and a piece of bread, thinking the whole time, before responding, “Well, I’m putting biodiesel in my truck now, and I switched to green electricity.”

Gardener’s Latin, by Bill Neal, with an Introduction by Barbara Damrosch
From Crabgrass Muffins to Pine Needle Tea, by Linda Runyon
The Shaker Garden, by Stephanie Donaldson
The Co-op Cookbook, by Rosemary Fifield