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Squash bug. Photo credit: 1 By Eric Sideman, Ph.D. Fall chores are my favorites. At no other time do I have more hope for a successful garden than the fall before. Autumn is even better than spring, especially last spring when we all realized very early in April that it was not going to be

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Permaculture

Garden beds and ponds are just a step from any door at the home of Charles and Julia Yelton in Whitefield, Maine. The Yeltons have a worldwide reputation for excellence in permaculture design. Photos by Jean English. By Jean English In his book Introduction to Permaculture (Tagari Publications, Australia, 1991), Bill Mollison defines permaculture as

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Buying Clubs

By Craig Idlebrook Once every four weeks, neighbors in small towns throughout Maine come together to do their grocery shopping in unusual places, such as farmhouses, town halls, grange halls, even a seaweed-packaging plant. They catch up with each other and sip coffee while they wait for their food. Then comes the sound of the

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Taste for Learning

Former special ed. teacher Don White (left) heads the school’s Garden Project with teacher Steve Tanguay. Lack and Ward photo. By Larry Lack and Lee Ann Ward © 2005. For information about reproducing this article, please contact the authors. “We love being in the garden and really look forward to it. This is the funnest

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Slow Food

By Jo Anne Bander © 2005. For information about reproducing this article, please contact the author. Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm in Harborside, a regular participant in the public dialogue on locally grown, seasonal produce, faced a room overflowing with individuals in blue jeans, silk saris, turbans, African batiks-and earphones. The subject was Mass

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Woodward

Lawrence Woodward Lawrence Woodward is the director of the Elm Farm Research Centre, in Berkshire, UK, a world leader in organic agriculture research and education. His topic is the relationship of soil quality to food quality, and the importance for the organic movement to make this connection in the public’s mind. (Lawrence Woodward has worked

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Anderson

From the MOFGA Spring Growth 2005 Conference: Local and Organic in a Global Food Economy: What is Our Role – As Farmers, Consumers and Citizens? Molly Anderson told Spring Growth Conference attendees that individual and local actions  will have to be combined with other local and global efforts to ensure a just and sustainable agriculture

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Raspberries: Challenging But Profitable

by Jean English Growing raspberries in high tunnels can extend the growing season by several weeks, increasing yields and profits (and labor requirements) and enabling growers to raise varieties that aren’t winter hardy otherwise. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania grower Wayne Breisch. “Raspberries are one of the more challenging crops I deal with,” says Maine’s vegetable

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Predator Friendly Farming

These foxes are residents at Becky Weed’s Thirteen Mile Ranch in Belgrade, Montana. Photo courtesy of Becky Weed. By Tim King Coyotes, fox, raccoons, hawks, owls and, in some places, wolves, cougars and bear can make strong farmers weep. Coons in the chicken coop or coyotes in the new lamb crop can bring tears to

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Photographer

By Judith Perry Laurie Tümer, a photographer who teaches digital imaging, writing and photography, lives and works in New Mexico and is represented by Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe. For more about her work, visit www.photoeye.com/ and www.laurietumer.com. Tümer’s images, inspired by the research of Dr. Richard Fenske, provide a picture of the ubiquitous presence

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