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Russell Libby

Robert Shetterly unveiled the latest in his “Americans Who Tell the Truth” series of paintings at a November 1, 2012, celebration of Russell Libby’s tenure as MOFGA’s executive director. Russell’s truth quoted in this painting: “We have to challenge the idea that contamination is just the price of living in the modern world. Our bodies

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Nellie Davis

By Jane Lamb “The garden is for health of mind, body and soul,” says Nellie Davis, who has been nurturing all three in her Lornell (for “The Lord and Nellie”) Gardens at Bean’s Corner in North Jay for almost 25 years. For the body she recommends the exercise gardening demands and the nutritional advantages of

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Lost Kitchen

The Lost Kitchen is now found in this 1878 building, originally the First National Bank of Belfast. Photo courtesy of Erin French. Erin French started The Lost Kitchen as a “secret supper” enterprise before opening her new restaurant. Jonathan Levitt photo. By Polly Shyka For a short while, Belfast, Maine, was home to a secret

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Local Food Wedding

Andy and Julia McLeod at their wedding. Photo courtesy of Sarah Moore. By Julia McLeod I can imagine some future brides poring over wedding magazines – delighting in dresses, shoes and flowers. I pored over seed catalogs – oohing and aahing over heirloom tomatoes and watermelon varieties. My husband, Andy, and I decided to grow

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Sagadahoc MOFGA

Most MOFGA members are familiar with the Sagadahoc MOFGA chapter through its booth at the Common Ground Country Fair, shown here being erected by Jeremy Blaiklock and George Sergeant. Photo courtesy of George Sergeant. Thirty-Five Years, Thirty-Five Fairs, Seven Community Gardens and Abundant Good Energy By Jean English The Sagadahoc chapter of MOFGA celebrated its

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Greater Lovell Land Trust

Leigh Hayes shows a bear skull to participants on a walk at Kezar River Reserve, part of the Greater Lovell Land Trust. Photo courtesy of Greater Lovell Land Trust. Enjoying and understanding the natural world is the foundation for lasting environmental stewardship By Joyce White What is man without the beasts?… For whatever happens to

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Horse Drawn Future

Kenneth Copp prepares his horse Melody and his buggy – more time-consuming than turning a key and stepping on the gas pedal, but also less polluting. English photos. By Kenneth Copp Late one winter morning in March, I pulled in to the Belfast Co-op parking lot with our faithful horse Melody and one of our

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Volunteer Eli Berry

Eli Berry. English photo. By Holli Cederholm A woodlot, as Eli Berry sees it, is part and parcel of any Maine farm. “I’ve never seen the woodlot on a farm to be separate from a farm,” says Berry. “Woodlots are farmers’ winter crops, or have been … I think that heating is so parallel to

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Unity Site

Permanent Site Planning Committee 1998 Fair Plan. Kent Associates, Planning & Design, Gardiner, Maine. By Brian Kent Planning the layout of MOFGA’s new site in Unity began in late 1996, when members brainstormed some rough plans, and began to define what the flat, featureless, 35-acre field and its surrounds would have to accommodate. The Permanent Site

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Nezinscot Farm

Gloria and her husband, Gregg, raise many animals – including almost 50 organic milk cows.  “Our goal is a totally organic herd,” says Gregg. Jane Lamb photo. By Jane Lamb It’s one thing for back-to-the-landers to come to Maine to start a new life, as many of MOFGA’s founders did more than 25 years ago.

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