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Wrinkle in Thyme

Mary Ann Haxton holds two handmade pegs in one hand while pointing out the hole where a peg will go. Joyce White photo. By Joyce White Serendipity guided the women at Wrinkle in Thyme Farm in Sumner, Maine, to discover WAgN when they were new farmers and WAgN was a new organization. Marty Elkin and

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WAgN

Vivianne Holmes, Ph.D. a University of Maine extension educator, has a small farm in Buckfield where she raises Christmas trees, livestock and various crops. She also helped start the Women’s Agricultural Network. Joyce White photo. By Joyce White As a result of her innovative thinking and can-do spirit, Vivianne Holmes, Ph.D., has helped birth the

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Prince

Prince, formerly used in pulling contests, was rescued by Bruce (right) and now lives the good life with a family of horses on the farm of Jay (left) and Suzanne Philoon.  Photo by Suzanne Philoon. by Suzanne Philoon This is the story of a Prince, perhaps more than one; and like many good stories this

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John Jemison

John Jemison says that his relationship to food changed dramatically during a sabbatical spent in Italy. He works to get more local, healthful food on more Mainers’ tables, and encourages people to slow down and enjoy their food. The GE-Bt Issue by Rhonda Tate “What are we going to do when Wal-Mart doesn’t exist anymore?”

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Iowa

Article & photos by Arion ThiboumeryContempt for hierarchical power and hope for self-sufficiency first brought people to the open prairie. Today those inherited sentiments have some residents renouncing the national food production and distribution system, charging that it is inequitable, delivers largely ho-hum products, decreases food safety, and disconnects farmers from the people eating their

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Sharon Tisher

Sharon Tisher has stepped down from MOFGA’s board of directors but remains involved in the organization’s public policy committee. She is also president of the board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. English photo. After a dozen years on the MOFGA board of directors, Sharon Tisher has stepped down. She’ll remain involved in our

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Contra Madness

by Alyssa Benjamin I must be stuck in a re-run of Little House on the Prairie. Swirling skirts, bearded men, organic women. I sat paralyzed in an itchy, 1970s tweed chair positioned in the corner of a small, rustic dance hall in rural Maine. Once again, this is what my ebullient Aunt Nancy had deemed

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Volunteer Profile Winter 05 06

Master framer Michael Beaudry advises the drilling of a peg hole that will lock a brace into the frame. John Phelan photos. Workshop participants raise a timber frame at MOFGA’s Unity, Maine, site on July 24, 2005. The completed frame. The new blacksmith shop with its green steel roof in use for Common Ground Country

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Full Moon

By Mitch Lansky Some plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, melons or squash, are frost sensitive. Well, I’m sensitive to frost, too. I live in a frost pocket in Wytopitlock, Maine. We have a growing season that averages fewer than 100 days a year, and we can have frosts at any month of the year. Indeed,

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Volunteer Profile Paul Birdsall

Long-time MOFGA member Paul Birdsall has helped train over 100 MOFGA apprentices in the art of farming with draft horses. Photo courtesy of the Small Farmer’s Journal. Teaming Up with the Next Generations of Farmers By Marada Cook © 2005. For information about reproducing this article, please contact the author. Don Nickerson swapped draft horse

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