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    Cheesemaking Workshops at Appleton Creamery

    This spring, tie on an apron and take a leap with Caitlin Hunter, Appleton Creamery’s farmer and cheesemaker, by enrolling in one of her cheesemaking classes. Learn about pasteurization, rennet, milk quality, starter cultures, and more. Hunter’s methods can be replicated in your home kitchen. Read on

    Posted: February 19, 2013
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    An Ode to Valentine's Day: Grafting Fruit Trees with C.J. Walke

    In a nod to Valentine’s Day today’s post is about grafting, the act of joining two plants together. Grafting is done in the spring before the leaf and flower buds start to grow and when sap is flowing so the bark is loose. Read on

    Posted: February 14, 2013
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    Draft Horse Driving and Logging-Beginner Course

    Draft horses saw their heyday in the United States during the 19th century’s Agricultural and American Industrial Revolutions when draft horses pulled iron plows on farms and hauled materials for railroad workers. Today, draft horses offer an enjoyable and sustainable way to farm. Read on

    Posted: February 12, 2013
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    Draft Horse Driving and Logging-Beginner Course

    Draft horses saw their heyday in the United States during the 19th century’s Agricultural and American Industrial Revolutions when draft horses pulled iron plows on farms and hauled materials for railroad workers. Read on

    Posted: February 12, 2013
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    Part Two: Veterinarians Who Treat Large Animals

    Rebecca Myers Law, DVM at Turner Veterinary Service has been working with large animals for over 20 years. Dr. Law is well aware of the veterinarian shortages in South-Central Maine facing the next generation of farmers and is intent on creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential farm animal veterinarians. Read on

    Posted: February 7, 2013
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    Part One: Veterinarians Who Treat Large Animals

    This week’s Root posts will focus on the medical treatment of large livestock animals in Maine. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2010 market research statistics, in the U.S. just over 6 percent of private-practice veterinarians practice predominantly on food animals. Read on

    Posted: February 5, 2013
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    Breaking Down a Whole Hog at Giant's Belly Farm

    In an effort to learn more about whole animal cooking I ventured to Giant’s Belly Farm in Greene Maine this past Sunday to meet Nate 'Iggy' Brimmer and Andrew Lindberg and observe them break down a hog. Iggy and Andrew had invited friends and persons interested in learning more about the source of their meat to join them as they slaughtered and butchered one of the hogs Iggy had raised. Read on

    Posted: January 31, 2013
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    Book Talk: Rabelais – Don Lindgren

    For those who love an old-fashioned cookbook, Rabelais Books in the North Dam Mill in Biddeford is a great resource. Look no further if you want a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook, Jessica and Joshua Applestone ‘s The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat, or Chef Magnus Nilsson’s Faviken. Read on

    Posted: January 29, 2013
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    Farm to School: The Buckfield School Garden Project

    Buckfield Junior-Senior High School in Oxford County is one of 14 schools involved in Farm to School programs in Maine and one of 12,429 in the United States. Thanks to the support of the local school board, farmers, teachers, and businesses 100 plus local children enjoy learning firsthand how food goes from the field to the kitchen table. Read on

    Posted: January 24, 2013
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    Ten Apple Farm: Basics to Raising Goats

    Have you ever thought about quitting your desk job and hitting the road in search of a new way of life? In 2003 Karl Schatz and Margaret Hathaway did just that when they packed up a U-Haul and began a yearlong exploration of the goat world. Read on

    Posted: January 22, 2013