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Ferriss

Lloyd Ferriss, a longtime gardener from Richmond, takes a break from picking in the organic garden he and his wife, Jane Frost, grew for their local food pantry. Jim Ferriss photo. by Lloyd Ferriss We’ve all heard the old saw, “Grow a row for the hungry.” Last spring my wife, Jane Frost, and I turned

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Tips Tidbits

Homemade lettuce seed mix. English photo. Custom Lettuce Seed Mix Managing Blight on Tomatoes Seeking Rare Ladybugs Controlling Fruit Flies in the Home The Recycled Garden Goats and Cattle Graze Together Mechanical Methods Reduce Weed Seedbank Rolling and Crimping Cover Crops Festulolium Rotation? Make Your Own Custom Lettuce Seed Mix If you have several packets

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Tips Fall 2008

Grazing Cattle All Winter “Swath grazing” – pushing harvested crop leftovers into row piles up to 16 inches high to keep them within reach of cows – allows cattle to graze year-round, even in the middle of a North Dakota winter, and can save farmers as much as 24 cents per cow per day from

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Weed Management

Don’t become lax in the fall and let summer annual weeds, such as pigweed (left) and lambsquarters go to seed. Learn about the life cycles of different weeds so that you know when and how to control them. English photo. by Eric Sideman, Ph.D. The most important distinction between organic and conventional growing is that

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Livestock Housing

COOPP: Get Your Poultry Processed Here COOPP, the poultry processing cooperative operating in Monmouth, is open for business. It gives you a state-inspected poultry product that you can sell anywhere, including farmers’ markets, retail stores and restaurants. This is the only plant in Maine where you can get a state-inspected product to be able to

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Tasty Jellies

Lemon balm is just one of the garden volunteers that can be used to make jellies. English photo. by Roberta Bailey This was a summer for appreciating volunteers. I didn’t necessarily have a lot of people volunteering to help weed or mulch, and I wasn’t dedicating the summer to all the great efforts of MOFGA

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Root Cellars Safe and Secure from the Corporate Food Train

Illustration courtesy of University of Alaska Fairbanks. by Cheryl Wixson Root-cellaring is a saving technique for ordinary winter storage of fresh, raw, whole vegetables and fruits that have not been processed to increase their keeping quality. The root cellar is a way to hold these foods for several months after their normal harvest in a

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Cilantro

Cilantro and coriander, from Koehler’s Medicinal-Plants, 1887. by Roberta Bailey Cilantro is an herb that arouses extreme passions. People either love it or hate it. It has a pungent, parsley-citrus flavor and aroma that makes people salivate with anticipation or completely avoid the dish that contains it. Cilantro is the leaf and coriander is the

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Grain

Maine Grass Farmers Network Offers Shared-Use Equipment The Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN), a cooperative effort of University of Maine Cooperative Extension and MOFGA, has received funds to purchase machinery for shared use by Maine farmers to improve nutrient management, pasture productivity and overall performance of grazing animals. This equipment will be available for MGFN

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Carrot Rust Fly

The larva of the carrot rust fly is a maggot that tunnels into carrots.  Photos by Eric Sideman. by Eric Sideman, Ph.D. I have lived in the same house in Greene, Maine, for over 20 years, and the carrot rust fly has been a problem only one of those years. But it was awful that

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