Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Common Ground Teach-in Spotlights the “Risky Business” of Biotech on the Farm
By Sharon Tisher
When, last December, MOFGA, CLEAN: Maine, and the Green Party successfully opposed registration of genetically engineered field corn in Maine, Jon Olson of the Maine Farm Bureau wrote a strongly worded letter to the Board of Pesticides Control. Olson likened opponents of biotech to those misguided people who opposed egg incubators in the 1880s, and to those who questioned the merits of pasteurized milk in the 1890s. He cited with approval a study that predicted that “within five years nearly 100 percent of all U.S. farm acreage could be planted in genetically engineered crops.”

Off the Grid in Whitefield
By Jane Lamb
“It doesn’t make sense for us to have a big garden when we have Dad’s right across the street,“ says Rebecca Haines, who grew up on her father’s, Austin Moore’s, Uncas Farm in North Whitefield. Instead, she and her husband, Fred, have put their environmental concerns into building a self-sufficient solar-powered home on a sunny hilltop on former family farmland. Rebecca also helps manage the farm store, which keeps her in close touch with the land and its organic produce.

Three Strikes We’re Out
By Peter Downs

Sheep Control Brush Under Power Lines
By Jean English
Last summer, some 500 Rambouillet wethers enjoyed a fine cuisine of brushy vegetation under power lines on a 13-mile, 460-acre strip of Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH) right-of-way. Little did they know that they were part of an experiment to control vegetation under power lines without using herbicides or chainsaws.

Lincoln Sheep
By Laurie Phillips

First Aid for Farmers
By Alicia Karen Elkins

Seed Propagation of Native Wildflowers
By Heather McCargo

Farmer Automates Chicken Coop Closure, Light
Johan van Achterberg, a farmer in Easton, Connecticut, worried every time he and his wife went out in the evening. Would an animal get into the hen house and decimate his layers before he got home?

Ramial Chipped Wood
By C. Caron, G. Lemieux and L. Lachance

Growing Christmas Trees Organically
By Jean English
This article appeared in the Spring, Summer and Winter 1998 issues of
The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

Astragalus: Boosts Energy and Immunity
By Deb Soule

By Ellie MacDougall

Grow Your Own: An Open-Pollinated Deli
By Roberta Bailey
For the newcomers to seed saving, the choices are mind-boggling. To help others I’ve come up with a descriptive list of my open-pollinated favorites as a good starting place for the beginning seed saver or as a list worthy of attention for avid savers.

Growing with Nature: Norman Comes of Age; Dealing with Mites
By Michael S. Cherim

Harvest Kitchen: Soy for Health
By Roberta Bailey
About 15 years ago, I wrote a column entitled “What is Tofu?” Tofu was just hitting the market shelf in individual, one-pound containers. Until then, it was only available at co-op storefronts or health food stores. You brought your own container and ladled out blocks of it from a 5-gallon bucket. If you lived in a rural area, you resorted to making your own soy milk, then adding a coagulant and ladling the curd into your homemade tofu press.

Plant-Rich Diet Boosts Immunity
Down Those Veggies With Tea
OMRI Publishes Organic Materials List
Cover Crops, Strip Tillage Build Soil
Time to Prune?
Potato Vine Silage Good for Cattle
Conserve the Historical Farm Turkey
Help with Pests
New Varieties of Small Fruit
Weeding Asparagus
Welsh Onions Extend the Harvest
Keep Cooking with Garlic
Companion Planting Ideas
Watch Out Washington: A New Use for Paper Shredders


E. Coli and the Age of Antibiotics
By Bob Sewall, MOFGA President
E. coli 0157:H7, that deadly little pathogen. The latest news from Cornell University’s illustrious researchers tells how to get rid of this killer: Take beef critters out to pasture for five weeks before slaughter, and they are magically freed of the bacteria. This news came to me from the business section of the Bangor Daily News a few weeks ago.

What Just Happened?
By Russ Libby
Wow. After two years of going full steam ahead to get ready for the first Common Ground Country Fair, I finally had a chance to sit and think for a while about what we’ve just done.

Living, Nourishing and Leaving the Web of Life
By Jean English
The first-year, succulent green leaves of the bayberry bushes cling to the plant as winter approaches, while older leaves fell more than a month ago. Calendula blooms into November while other flowers have long ago faded. Like Persephone, who headed south for six months of the year, most of life seems to huddle close to earth come winter.

Reviews & Resources
The Apple Grower
Get a Grip on Farm Finances
Brief Reviews
  Guideline for Dairy Manure Management from Barn to Storage
  Guideline for Milking Center Wastewater
  Herbaceous Perennials Production
  Building Soils for Better Crops
  Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 2nd Edition
Video: It’s Gotten Rotten

MOF&G Cover Winter 1998

News & Events

Maine BPC
Deadline for Notification Registration

1999 Agricultural Trades Show
MOFGA Board Elections
Contacting MOFGA
Thank You Rene Burdet!

Fair News
Thanks for the Permanent Site!
Thanks To All Fair Volunteers
Pedal to Fair & Valet Bike Parking Smashing Success
Unjamming the Traffic
Contest Winners at the 1998 Fair
Donations to the Common Kitchen
Thanks to Ticket & Poster Outlets