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Turmeric for Flavor and Health

December 13, 2018

High tunnels have changed the cycles of Maine’s local food systems, extending our live food harvests to year-round bounty, writes Roberta Bailey in her article "Turmeric for Flavor and Health" in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Along with cucumbers, greens, sweet potatoes and tomatoes come the fresh roots of ginger and turmeric. These fresh spices bring delicious new flavor profiles to our fall and winter meals. Find Roberta’s recipes for Sweet Potato Soup, Hot Turmeric Latte, Roasted Carrots with Turmeric, and more.

 

Grow Your Own Grains

December 6, 2018

You don’t need acres and acres of flat Kansas land to grow your own wheat. Ben Hoffman describes his practices and simple tools for growing wheat on a small scale in his article “Low-tech Grain Production” in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. The winter issue also has coverage of the keynote speeches and the Public Policy Teach-in at the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair … and lots more!

Growing Garlic the Easy Way

December 1, 2018

By Jonathan Mitschele

I grow German White garlic, lots of it, and in 2018 I had the best crop ever, so I thought I would share what I learned. First, plant certified nematode-free hardneck garlic. Second, plant in wide beds; they use garden space much more efficiently than does planting in single rows. I use 4-foot-wide beds, but 3-foot-wide beds are easier to step over, so narrower may be more convenient for you.

 

Floating Row Covers Foil Potato Pests

December 1, 2018

By Jonathan Mitschele

In late July 2017 I discovered that my potato plants were not doing well. Leaves were yellowing and the plants were not growing as expected. Suspecting some sort of blight, I sent photos to Eric Sideman at MOFGA. He thought the problem was potato leafhoppers and referred me to a MOFGA pest report.

Benefits of Solarizing and Tarping

December 1, 2018

Solarization with clear plastic and tarping with black plastic help with weed management in high-value horticultural crops that otherwise need extensive hand weeding. Solarization tends to be more effective under suitably warm and sunny conditions, although tarping may be more suitable for some applications. With either practice, the plastic may be removed before planting, allowing for reuse, or left in place with holes cut through it to allow for transplanting.

Give Seedy Gifts

November 30, 2018

Seeds make great holiday gifts. Whether you saved seeds of a favorite variety from your garden or are ordering from a local seed company, consider giving organically grown seeds as gifts this holiday season. Put larger seeds in a pretty gift bag (which might be used later to keep tarnished plant bugs off your dahlias); put large or small seeds in decorated jelly jars.

Giving Thanks for Local, Organic Producers

November 15, 2018

Many of us grow our own gardens and have plenty to feast on come Thanksgiving and through the winter. Now and then, however, potato leafhoppers or drought or heavy rains reduce our yields. We are so lucky to have so many local, organic producers to fill the gaps in our own production, and to introduce us to new and varied foods. So thank you, growers. To find winter farmers’ markets where you can stock up on ingredients you didn’t raise yourself, please visit the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets.  And to see where MOFGA-certified organic producers sell their goods, please visit our certification website.

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