|Don Webb and team
Farming with Draft Horses at the Webb Family Farm
“It’s a very personal way to farm. It’s quiet; you’re not listening to a motor run. You can have a relationship with the horses. It’s nice at the end of a day, if you’re plowing and mowing a field and you stop and look back across it, it’s a good feeling to be in touch with the land. That’s the greatest reward a farmer has.”
Eat Local, Eat Seasonal, Eat Out
Maine restaurants Fore Street, Primo, Hugo’s, One Ninety Ate and Cole Farms have all been featured in recent articles in The New York Times, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Travel and Leisure and other national publications.
Creative Cover Cropping Ideas
MOFGA’s 2006 Spring Growth Conference, titled “Cover Crop and Rotation Strategies for Organic Fertility and Weed Management,” attracted presenters from all over the Northeast and over 100 audience members.
Making Grain in Madawaska
Northern-Most Feeds, LLC, owners make organic chicken, pig, goat and cattle feed from Maine-grown oats and wheat midds (a byproduct of milling wheat for flour) and from New England-grown corn and soy.
Timing CSA Plantings
Growers may not completely avoid holes in their crop production, but they can minimize them in several ways. Diversity – growing a large variety of crops – “is just basic farming sense.”
Growing Nursery Stock for Fedco Trees
Growing fruit or ornamental trees or shrubs can be a lucrative diversification for a farm, the sole purpose of a farm, or a rewarding hobby. John Bunker, coordinator of Fedco Trees, discussed growing stock for Fedco Trees at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show in January.
Young Farmers, Creative Beginnings
Farmland is often too expensive for young farmers to afford. Land that is affordable is often too far from markets. Three young farmers spoke at the 2005 Farmer to Farmer Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, about how they managed to get into farming.
A 2001 Task Force recommended that aquaculture systems, which raise aquatic species in captivity, could operate in compliance with the OFPA, if and when specific standards are developed to regulate such production systems.
A raspberry hanging on a bent stem, sun warmed to the point where the whole patch smells of raspberry essence mixed with the green of transpiring foliage, itself silver green and beautiful (as a child, I sometimes ate the leaves in anticipation of the berries ripening)--this raspberry captures all that is delicate and fleeting in summer.
Board of Pesticide Control hearing
Petitions submitted by the Maine Toxics Action Center (MTAC) and Environment Maine (EM), with over 900 signatures, advocated for rule changes that would ban all aerial spraying in Maine, phase out organophosphate pesticides (OPs), and repeal the $20 charge to be on the Board of Pesticide Control’s pesticide notification registry.
The Dirt on Potting Soil
In a way, good potting soil tries to mimic nature. Healthy earth relies on critters, rocks and roots for aeration; but when put in a pot, the same soil quickly becomes a dense mass that water and oxygen can’t permeate.
Organic Cotton and Fair Trade
To date, organic cotton accounts for only ± 0.5% of the overall market for cotton goods worldwide, but signs are encouraging that organic cotton is hitting the mainstream.
Linda Whitmore-Smithers of Medicine Hill Farm, a small, diversified farm in Starks, Maine, says she’s not an expert on insurance. She learned a lot about the subject, however, when her barn burnt to the ground, and she shared that information at the Farmer to Farmer Conference in Bar Harbor last November.
Reitalizing Old Fields for Pasture and Hay
When looking for ways to return fields to production, always start with methods that are most likely to succeed and are least costly.
Dyeing with Indigo
Until the late 1800s, indigo provided the only way to get blue color into fibers. Today textile manufacturers still use indigo – although a synthetic form – to dye blue jeans.
Brenda Lynn Gould: Traditional Community Herbalist
Gould, an herbalist specializing in medicinal mushrooms, tries to empower interested people to learn and use what’s in their own back yards to create and maintain good health.
Make a Difference, by Russell Libby, MOFGA Executive Director
Food Security, by John Bunker, MOFGA President
Building Local Organic Communities, by Jean English, Editor, The MOF&G
Freedom to Farm in Montville, by Diana George Chapin, Heirloom Garden of Maine
When Did You Get Your Last Tetanus Booster?
About That Organic Retirement Center …
Reviews & Resources
Digging In – Two Books about Farming in Italy from Blackberry Books
New Book on Profitable, Direct-Marketing Beef
Work With Nature to Manage Insect Pests
Smart Water Use on the Farm
IFOAM Leaflets Help Advocate for Organic Agriculture
Video Addresses Environmental Risks to Children
New Farmers’ Market Resource Guide
Organic Dairy Farming Resource Released