|Maine Gardener: A permaculture guru shares his craft|
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2015. By Tom Atwell - Gardeners who wants to get the most nutrition out of a piece of property might grow peas, tomatoes and corn. But they also will have to grow – and eat – some things that the average shopper at Hannaford likely has never heard of. Sometimes the problem with a plant is not growing it but figuring out how to prepare it, said Aaron Parker, a landscaper who three years ago opened Edgewood Nursery, specializing in unusual plants, including many suitable for permaculture designs. Parker will speak on edible landscaping Sept. 27 in the kitchen tent at the Common Ground Fair. His home, which he shares with partner Eva Writt and daughter Amina Writer, is an excellent example of edible landscaping and permaculture design.
|Temple family brings Maine birch syrup to market|
Daily Bulldog - 9/19/2015. Until recently available only from Alaska or Canada, birch syrup is now being produced in the northeast. The Temple Tappers, a family-run enterprise and the first commercial birch syrup producer in Maine, will begin selling their award-winning syrup this fall.
|Maine blueberry harvest slightly below average in 2015|
CentralMaine.com - 9/19/2015. By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press - Several factors contributed to this summer's middling year, including cold spring weather that wasn't optimal for bees to pollinate the blueberries, University of Maine horticulture professor David Yarborough said. The berries also suffered from die-off during the winter months and a dry summer, he said.
|From a County Fair to surfing in Wales|
The Boston Globe - 9/19/2015. By Kari Bodnarchuk - Learn about beekeeping, canning, and working with sheepdogs at the Common Ground Country Fair in the town of Unity, in Waldo County, Sept. 25-27. The fair, run by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, celebrates organic farming practices (207-568-4142, www.mofga.org/thefair).