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Locally Grown, Not Flown: The Maine Flower Collective

By Jennifer Wilhelm Did you know that most flowers found in grocery stores are from outside the country? In fact, according to Floristry and Floriculture Industry Statistics & Trends, the United States is the largest importer of flowers in the world. Most roses are grown in Ecuador. Eighty percent of the world’s tulips are grown

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An Urban Garden Tour in Maine

By Larry Dansinger The gathering crisis of the Earth’s warming climate is a wild card like no other. Everything humans have thought and understood about our environment, especially how to grow enough food for billions on this planet, is being questioned. As the weather and growing conditions become more unpredictable, with heavy rains, droughts, extreme heat,

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Maine Farmers’ Markets Have a History of Building Community

By Tim King Maine has a long history of outdoor markets that serve both local farmers and the larger community. The Portland Farmers’ Market, which has compiled an extensive history on its website (, has actually been in continuous operation longer than the U.S. Constitution has been the law of the land. “In 1768, the

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The River Is Not a Borderline

A new play by Wabanaki REACH and Threadbare Theatre Workshop moves stories of the Maine Indian Land Claims from the head to the heart As part of the Beyond the Claims— Stories from the Land & the Heart project, Wabanaki REACH, a nonprofit that supports the self-determination of Wabanaki people through education, truth-telling, restorative justice

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Milk with Dignity: Farmworkers in the Northeast Rally for Human Rights

By Tim King Federal, state and local governments, and many large corporations, along with international organizations such as the United Nations all agree, via laws, regulations and lofty statements, that workers have basic inalienable rights with respect to conditions such as minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health. But many workers around

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Fermentation and Friendship at Thirty Acre Farm

By Sonja Heyck-Merlin Like the owners of many small businesses, Simon Frost and Daniel Price of Thirty Acre Farm have found that division of labor works best. Price grows the vegetables and Frost adds value by transforming the produce into lacto-ferments in their processing facility in Bremen, Maine. The product line includes an assortment of

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A Grower’s Journey

By Ivonne Vazquez A recent conversation at the farmers’ market made me think about my own journey as a gardener, grower and now a small-acreage diversified farmer. Someone was interested in the native plants I sell but was concerned about not having space as a renter to grow a garden. As a proponent of gardening

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