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Reviving Bantry Bay Farm

New Brunswick’s historic Bantry Bay Farm is being brought back into production by this intrepid foursome: Mike Hadfield, Luke McLean, Katherine McCord and Brad Aune. Photo by Larry Lack. by Larry Lack A historic saltwater farm in New Brunswick on the St. Croix River  near Calais has a new lease on life thanks to the

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The Dirt on Potting Soil

The Dirt on Potting Soil by Craig Idlebrook Copyright 2006 Last year, I tried container gardening after grabbing the first bags of potting soil I found at the local big box store. If the bags had been any more generic looking, they would have said “ACME.” The packaging had almost no information about the content

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Farm Insurance

Farm Insurance: What You Should Know Linda Whitmore-Smithers of Medicine Hill Farm, a small, diversified farm in Starks, Maine, says she’s not an expert on insurance. She learned a lot about the subject, however, when her barn burnt to the ground, and she shared that information at the Farmer to Farmer Conference in Bar Harbor

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Revitalizing Old Fields for Pasture and Hay

by Diane Schivera When fields are neglected: Perennial weeds begin to appear, Woody species invade, Soil becomes acidic, Frost brings large rocks to the surface. When looking for ways to return fields to production, always start with methods that are most likely to succeed and are least costly. The least costly and most environmentally sound

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Dyeing with Indigo

Cynthia Thayer of the Wednesday Spinners demonstrated dyeing with indigo at the 2004 Common Ground Country Fair. “Two problems make indigo a dye unlike any other dye in the universe,” said Cynthia Thayer at the 2004 Common Ground Country Fair. It does not dissolve in water, nor does it adhere to material. “It’s also the

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Brenda Lynn Gould Traditional Community Herbalist

By Joyce White Copyright 2006 Brenda Lynn Gould, an herbalist specializing in medicinal mushrooms, tries to empower interested people to learn and use what’s in their own back yards to create and maintain good health. Just as she learned from her parents, grandparents and other elders, as well as from the plants themselves, she’d like

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Farming with Draft Horses at the Webb Family Farm

Don Webb and his team By Carolyn Steinhoff Smith Copyright 2006 I met Don Webb at a Farmer’s Market near Topsham, Maine. Tall and strapping, with a grizzled, full gray beard and a ruddy, weather-seasoned face, he was giving rides on a hay wagon pulled by two solid, beautiful gray Percheron draft horses. My friend

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Another Way to Build CSAs

By Jean English Copyright 2006 Consumers don’t have to wait for a farmer to start a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm; instead, they can organize themselves into a group and then find a farmer or farmers to grow food for them. In the June-August 2006 issue of The MOF&G, we featured efforts of MOFGA and

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Growing Housetrees from seed

Growing “Housetrees” (and Other Houseplants) from Seed Copyright 2006 by Larry Lack and Lee Ann Ward We really enjoy having plants in our house. They clean and freshen the air, they’re beautiful, they remind us of our bond with nature many times each day, they cheer us up. Where long winters and dark days are

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Raw Milk Makes a Comeback in Maine

By Craig Idlebrook Copyright 2006 Judging from the laws on the books, the government must view raw milk as a greater threat to public health than tobacco or alcohol. Federal law technically outlaws all interstate sale of raw milk, and many states ban its sale completely. Maine laws are more lenient but not altogether welcoming.

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