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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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Redefining the Family Farm

Griffin and Maura sort potatoes. Photo by Seth Kroeck. By Marada Cook Copyright ©2006 by the author The concept of “socializing kids into farming” competes with a process of “externalizing” farm families and communities that has been happening in New England since the 1800s. Crystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick, Maine, may be inverting these trends. Crystal

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