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    Maine Maple Sunday and Effects of Climate Change on Maple Trees

    This Sunday, March 24 you will need to plug in your GPS or if you are old school (personally, I’m horrible with maps) spread out the Maine road atlas and start out for some of the sweetest spots in Maine…sugarhouses! Read on

    Posted: March 19, 2013
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    Small Wonder Organics Farm Interview: MOFGA Journeyperson, Farmer Incubator

    When you turn onto Wildes Road, a long dirt road in Bowdoinham, Maine, along the shores of Merrymeeting Bay, the first thing that catches a visitor’s eye are the acres of farmland. This is where several farming couples are leasing acreage from fellow farmer George Christopher, through his farmer incubator program. Read on

    Posted: March 14, 2013
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    Basics of Pruning

    Pruning can affect your tree’s health, make it stronger and more resistant to storm damage (think downed limbs and power lines!), and make it more attractive. By understanding how, when and why to prune you can prevent a lot of problems. Read on

    Posted: March 12, 2013
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    Raising Chickens: Basics for Beginners

    Whether you want a small flock of chickens to produce fresh eggs or supply your family with meat, there are a few things you’ll need to know. This post is meant to provide the basics to get through the first three to four weeks of raising chickens and avoiding beginner’s mistakes. Read on

    Posted: March 7, 2013
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    Port Clyde Fresh Catch and the 2013 Maine Shrimp Fishing Season

    In the early morning hours, just after sunrise, a few fishermen made their way onto snow-covered boats in a picturesque port on the southwestern shore of Penobscot Bay. Though calm, the men knew this would likely be the last day of Maine’s 2013 shrimp season. With easterly winds forecast for the next two days, there would be too few shrimp to bother going out (as it was, on this day the catch would prove to cover the fuel and little more). Read on

    Posted: March 5, 2013
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    Summer CSAs and CSFs in Maine

    Want to stock your kitchen with beautiful farm-fresh vegetables or locally caught seafood while investing in the future of family farming and sustainable fishing in Maine? Is the idea of connecting with the hardworking producers who grow/fish for your food appealing? It’s simple then, you might consider purchasing a share in a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) and/or Community-Supported Fishery (CSF). Read on

    Posted: February 28, 2013
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    Varroa Collapse in Maine

    On sunny days in January and February, when the temperature is 40 or above beekeepers have been opening up the tops of their hives to check on honey reserves and see if they need feeding. Unfortunately, some beekeepers are finding dead hives. Sadly, I am one such beekeeper who experienced this a couple weeks ago. Read on

    Posted: February 26, 2013
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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