Steve Cook in his booth at the Common Ground Country Fair in 2011. Betsy Garrold photo. By Betsy Garrold “Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.” – Pythagoras (580 BCE to 500 BCE) Founded in 1998, when Steve Cook closed his restaurant in Florida and moved back home, Maine
Suzy Verrier and her partner Kai Jacob have built up North Creek Farm in Sebasco, where they raise vegetables, perennials and nursery stock. Jane Lamb photo. By Jane Lamb Need proof of the efficacy of compost? Look no further than North Creek Farm, Suzy Verrier’s homestead, retail nursery, garden store and vegetable stand in Sebasco.
Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals in front of the new building at the herbal business. English photo. By Jean English Over nearly three decades, Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Maine, steadily has grown a 3-acre garden, a business and a reputation for quality herbal products – teas, tinctures, salves and more – all from 1,000 pounds
Juniper Edge Farm in Brunswick is a Forever Farm. By Jo Anne Bander Driving by the pastures, farms and orchards of rural Maine or along the more urban Route 90 in Rockport, a simple green and white round sign saying “Forever Farm” catches the eye. A program of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT), each sign designates
Human power! From left to right: apprentice Kate Harris with rake, manager Jon Ault with shovel, and apprentices Brenna Peak and Jim Church with a broadfork and pick mattock. Photo courtesy of Long Meadow Farm. By Holli Cederholm Long Meadow Farm, located in West Gardiner, Maine, demonstrates a sustainable agriculture system based on low-input, low-tech
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.
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
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
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
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