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Wood Prairie Farm

Jim with the Gerritsens’ orchard in the background. The Not-So-Common Potato Text and photos by Jane Lamb One of the most sophisticated operations in Aroostook County takes place in the most unpretentious of settings – the utilitarian potato-packing plant cum residence and its surrounding outbuildings, farming equipment and fields at Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater.

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Meadowsweet Farm

Paula and Sumner of Meadowsweet Farm in Swanville. Lamb photo. By Jane Lamb Raising animals on fresh green grass is vital to Paula and Sumner Roberts at their Meadowsweet Farm in Swanville. Their philosophy is to “treat all animals with respect and allow them the fullest expression of their natures consistent with good husbandry… [This]

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Community Suppers

by Cheryl Wixson Long before I ventured into the catering and restaurant business, I learned to cook for large crowds by volunteering at community meals. The grey-haired ladies who cheerfully organize and prepare our baked bean suppers, chowder fests, spaghetti feeds, chili cook-offs and fundraising dinners have much to teach us. Today, when planning to

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Single Parent Farmers

Mary Perry (left) and Cate Stoner at Winterberry Farm. Both are single mothers who are trying to make their living by farming. English photo. By Jean English Many of us who were inspired to move onto the land after reading Helen and Scott Nearing’s Living the Good Life eventually encountered a factor they hadn’t mentioned:

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Scythe Supply

Carol Bryan, with help from Richard Scott, has continued Scythe Supply, the business Bryan’s partner, Elliot Fishbein, started before his death. Scythe Supply now provides scythes to growers in every U.S. state and to many abroad. Photo by Larry Lack. Preserving and Reviving a Timeless Technology by Larry Lack The scythe, an ancient harvest tool

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New Farmers

Karina Lewis and Kirk Stanley own Lake View Farm in Harmony, where, among other things, they raise and place wild mustang horses, such as Mickey, who came from a Nevada band of horses. Photo by Lisa McAllister. Career Changers Part of the Burst by Jo Anne Bander On a frigid mid-March morning, with their Maine

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Martens Farm

Mary-Howell Martens (center) and Klaas Martens (right) talk with Spring Growth participants, including Eli Rogosa (left), during lunch at MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference. English photo. Spring Growth Conference 2009 Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens of The Martens Farm and Lakeview Organic Grain (www.lakevieworganicgrain.com) in Penn Yan, N.Y., were the keynote speakers at MOFGA’s 2009 Spring Growth

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Tide Mill Farm

Aaron Bell, shown here with his wife, Carly del Signore, and their son Henry, is the eighth generation of the Bell family to live on the land at Tide Mill Farm. Lee Ann Ward photo. Nine Generations on the Same Land by Larry Lack Tide Mill Farm is remarkable in a myriad of ways. It

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Darthia to Kingbird

Bill and Cynthia Thayer and two new friends pose in front of the Darthia Farm Store. Erin James photo. By Rhonda Houston “Well, it’s pretty exhausting work,” say Bill and Cynthia Thayer after a moment of thought. A few days after I sat down with the Thayers of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro, I can’t quite

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Journeyperson Program

By John Bliss Last spring, Stacy, Emma and I moved from Pennsylvania to Maine; two whole shades of difference on the zone hardiness map! So for us, spring seemed to last twice as long last year. Before the move, our first set of seedlings broke through their moist soil and stretched toward the window overlooking

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