Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Anniversary Farm
Anniversary Farm. Jane Lamb photo.

Anniversary Farm Finds Its Balance
By Jane Lamb
Imagine giving and receiving a little piece of Eden as a 25th anniversary present. Adam and Eve never had it so good. But Ellin and Stephen Sheehy did just that when they bought an old farm on the Alna-Whitefield town line six years ago, a place where they have been able to put to practical use years of creative pursuits and to find new ones to explore every day.

Seasoned Farmers Spread the Word About Year-Round Growing
By Jean English
Judging from the crowd of well over 200 growers – many of them youthful – who attended MOFGA’s Spring Growth conference, year-round production could take off in Maine soon. The conference, “Year-Round Production and Marketing,” featured three farms where year-round production is or has been a reality, two where the practice is just taking root, and a talk on the physiology of plants that are stressed by cold.

Systems & Details Cultivated on Nova Scotia Farm
By Jean English
Norbet Kungl raises a large variety of organic vegetables in Walton, Nova Scotia, on a small bay across the Bay of Fundy, and markets year-round in Halifax. He is one of the premier farmers in the Northeast, and was featured as “Farmer in the Spotlight” when he spoke before a large group of growers at MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference last November.

Toki Oshima drawing
Toki Oshima drawing

Lessons Learned from the Garden
By Sue Smith-Heavenrich
A few summers ago the local weekly was promoting a garden contest to keep kids “off the streets and doing something worthwhile.” I wasn’t interested in encouraging my children to grow giant zucchinis, but I was interested in the free seeds. They came in large jumble packets from Gurney’s, with big letters that said: for kids only. While I love to garden, my children would prefer to do other things. Building forts, marching around the driveway on sentry duty, or using the compost bucket as an archery target rate much higher than pulling weeds on their list of “things to do this summer.”

Kathleen Murray, State IPM Expert
By Sharon Tisher
Six months ago, Kathleen Murray, an entomologist and research assistant professor at the U. Maine Department of Biological Sciences, filled the long vacant position of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) entomologist at the Maine Department of Agriculture. Murray sees her role as threefold: helping farmers tackle immediate pest problems with minimum adverse effects on the environment; promoting greater adoption of IPM methods among Maine farmers; and, potentially, addressing ways to minimize the use of chemical pesticides even in non-agricultural contexts.

Build Your Soil and Save Your Bucks: How to Interpret Soil Test Results
By Dave Colson

North Star Gardens
By Joyce White

Hope for Alleviating International Hunger
By Marialyce C. Sherr

Maximizing Grapevine Harvests
By Alicia Karen Elkins

Coopworth Sheep
By Laurie Phillips

 Dr. Igham Puts Soil Life to Work
By Peter Downs

Marketing Ideas from Mass. Agri-Tourism Conference
By Norma Jane Langford

Another Season Extension System
By Roberta Bailey
For the past four winters, I have eaten fresh kale and other greens every day from a growing bed in my attached greenhouse. Often I stop on my way to work and pick greens for lunch. If not, I stop on my return and pick part of supper. Just walking past the lush growth on my way in from the snowy or bitter outdoors nourishes my soul.

By Deb Soule

Tofu drawing by Toki Oshima
Tofu drawing by Toki Oshima

Harvest Kitchen: Recipes for Estrogen-Rich Dishes
By Roberta Bailey
Of the three primary forms of estrogen, plant estrogen (lignans), appear to protect against breast cancer, while the other two stronger forms of estrogen promote cancer. Soy and flax are excellent sources of plant estrogen for menopausal women. Relief from meno­pausal symptoms can be attained with a few risk-free changes to the diet.

Nitrate Accumulation in Winter Harvested Greenhouse Crops: A Grower’s Guide
By Eric Sideman
Local production for local consumption is a guiding principle for sustainable organic growing, but winter months are challenging for us in New England. Most growers hang up their tools and park their equipment, and consumers are left buying vegetables that have traveled thousands of miles in gas guzzling trucks.

Growing With Nature: Operation Clover
By Michael Cherim

WAgN – Women’s Agriculture Network Maine
Women are more prominent than ever before in the agricultural community. Single women, in particular, are beginning to enter non-traditional work force areas such as farming.

Daytripping in Maine: Farms & Gardens to Visit This Summer
What’s happening at The Good Life Center, the last homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing? How do seven families garden cooperatively? Where can you go to pet a donkey or learn about herbs? These are just some of the questions that can be answered by visiting farms and gardens that MOFGA members and friends will open for a tour, a day or longer this summer.

New Research on the Benefits of Organic Soils
Compost, Mulch and Microbes May Protect Strawberries

Ask if Soy Products are Engineered
Greetings to Dale and Parker
GMO Prohibition Questioned
Maine Transplant Says Hi


Help Us Plan Into the New Millennium
By Sharon Tisher, 1999 MOFGA President
As I was immersed over the last couple of months in the issue of the moment – trying to get a biotech labeling bill passed in Maine – I realized it was time to stop, take a deep breath, and look at the big picture. I don’t mean melting polar ice caps, though that’s certainly important (see the article on global warming in this paper); I mean the big picture of what MOFGA was, is, and should become.

Food with a Face, a Place, a Taste
By Russell Libby
MOFGA Executive Director
A first step towards a sustainable cuisine is to acknowledge that we don’t have one now. The current source of our food is both everywhere and nowhere – everywhere because affluent consumers can buy food from anywhere in the world, and nowhere because there is no personal connection that traces the food back to a particular farmer’s field.

A Perfect Spring
By Jean English
Editor, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
It’s early May, and I’m enjoying the most wonderful spring I can remember since moving to Maine. The asparagus is calling me from the garden; I’ve been outside planting something every day; the kids are kicking the soccer ball around, the chickens are feasting on compost, cats are rolling in the garden soil …

One Good Apple – Growing Our Food for the Sake of the Earth
Nature Journaling
Great Garden Companions
Sweet Potatoes for the Home Garden
Retrieved from the Future
Handbook of Successful Ecological Lawn Care
Sweet Potatoes for the Home Garden
Strawberry Production Guide
  Field of Genes
  Risky Business
  Gene Blues – Dilemmas of DNA Testing
  Compost: Truth or Consequences

Four Extension Bulletins from McGill