Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Paula and Sumner Roberts
Paula and Sumner Roberts of Meadowsweet Farm in Swanville.
Lamb photo.

Meadowsweet Farm
By Jane Lamb
Raising animals on fresh green grass is vital to Paula and Sumner Roberts at their Meadowsweet Farm in Swanville. Their philosophy is to “treat all animals with respect and allow them the fullest expression of their natures consistent with good husbandry … "

Open-Pollinated Corn Varieties
By John Jemison, Alicia Nejako and Spencer Aitel
A while ago, I wrote a journal paper and I used the term corn varieties to describe the different lengths of corn maturities we were using in the study. Reviewers suggested that I should use the term corn hybrid, not corn variety. Those of us schooled in crop production have been trained to think that only hybrid corn should be used on farms.

Whole Farm Systems
By Russell Libby
If anyone ever needs to travel across Maine in the middle of a blizzard, just call your nearest MOFGA farmer. Over 60 made it through a foot of snow to the 2001 Spring Growth Conference on March 10 in Unity.

Gentle Gardening
By Sue Smith-Heavenrich
Every summer I put in a garden: a patchwork of red and green lettuces, the traditional trio of corn-beans-squash, a splash of cosmos and bachelor buttons. Our garden puts food on the table, I tell my husband when I ask him to till up just one more weedy patch. My garden is for beauty, I tell my mother who can’t understand why I’d rather spend a whole summer tending my Elbas when I could just as easily buy a bag of potatoes for $2.00 at the store.

Raclette: A Swiss Treat Americanized
By Betty Rivera
The Swiss have long enjoyed raclette on frosty days in the Alps. But on a chilly day anywhere at anytime of the year, raclette is a just-right potato and cheese treat with an intriguing history.

Buckwheat Fills That Empty Spot
By Jean English
Keeping a vegetable garden is like keeping a family: Both need continuous care and nourishment if you want them to thrive. In the case of the garden, that means keeping up the weeding and/or mulching now, and keeping bare spots planted. If you’ve planted all of the lettuce, spinach, carrots and other crops needed to nourish your family and you still have space available, you could plant one of the garden’s best friends: buckwheat.

Garden Herbs Add Spice to Your Life
By Sue Smith-Heavenrich
As a Girl Scout, I spent one Saturday morning every summer month weeding and pruning a formal herb garden. I decided, right then, that herbs required more care than they were worth and vowed I would never grow them. Ever.

Peacemeal Farm
Lush, productive farms help in countering global warming.

How to Counter Global Warming
By Rhonda Houston
Snow banks reemerged in Maine this winter. Pulling into oncoming traffic became enough of an adrenaline rush for any extreme sport enthusiast, and as I write this on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, a few of us still await the January thaw. Yes, it’s an old-fashioned winter in Maine, putting to rest any nagging fear of global warming – unless Sir Peter Blake can be trusted.

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone in Dairy Products
By Chris Sussman
We visited Shaw’s Supermarket in Waterville to find out which dairy products were made from milk that came from cows that were treated with recombinant Growth Hormone (rBGH).

Organic Seed Crop Production in the Northeast: Lettuce
By Nicolas Lindholm
This study and these articles are meant to promote dialogue and develop interest in a niche market that a growing group of farmers and industry supporters have been developing quietly over the past 10 to 20 years: that is, seed crop production on small farms in the Northeast. The seed growers I visited generally agree that lettuce is a very rewarding crop, though with its own set of challenges. Lettuce is well adapted to our region, is very popular for gardeners, farmers and consumers, and the relative ease of saving seed makes it a good choice for small farm seed production.

Foot & Mouth Disease: Slaughter the Only Control?
By Diane Schivera
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has other common names: hoof and mouth disease, aftosa (other diseases with similar symptoms use this name) and apthous fever. It is an acute, highly contagious disease caused by one of the smallest, filterable viruses known.

Two Common Diseases of Hoophouse Tomatoes
By Eric Sideman
Tunnels and greenhouses are now being used widely to produce early and often blemish free tomatoes. However, high humidity is difficult to avoid under plastic, and it creates an ideal environment for fungal diseases that can spread very quickly and cause widespread damage.

Marketing Page: Farms & Restaurants
By Marada Cook
Looking for a fresh new market this year? Did you try out a specialty item that has some fantastic attributes, yet only raises eyebrows at the Farmers’ Market? Perhaps it’s time to make the connection between your pitchfork and the local restaurants’ dinner forks.

Bread. Pam Bell photo.
Pam Bell photo.

Harvest Kitchen: Make Your Own GE-Free Breads
By Roberta Bailey
Bread is elemental. It takes earth, water, air and fire to make it. Bread is basic, a one syllable word in most languages, a substance honored and sacred. At the center of every culture is some form of bread: tortillas, chapatis, pita, challah, dumplings, oat cakes, scones.

Hawthorn: The Flower of the Heart
By Deb Soule
Hawthorns are native to North America and various temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. They comprise a widespread group of dense shrubs or small trees with sharp thorns. The thorns are long and slender and occur without buds or leaves. During the winter in Maine, the new growth of the buds and twigs of the hawthorn bush outside my home begins to turn a deep red color, reminding me that spring will return.

Harvest Raspberries While the Snow Falls
By Jean English
Tom Hoerth of Bath ate a handful of raspberries, “big, full, really nice berries.” Locally grown berries … Maine berries … on the 27th of March this year!

Grow Your Own: Elderberries
By Roberta Bailey
Few plants are as carefree and easy to grow as elder or elderberries, Sambucus canadensis and S. nigra. Also known as common or American elder, this pest-free perennial shrub grows in many soil conditions and prefers the wetter areas where little else will thrive. Yet some people would ask why they should bother to grow elder bushes.


Tips & Tidbits

A Hot Website for Pepper Enthusiasts
Cropping Systems Influence Biological Weed Control
Organic Cotton Acreage Increases
Hairy Vetch Thwarts Colorado Potato Beetle
Peppers Put the “Heat” on Pests

Right Approach to Foot and Mouth? by Beedy Parker
Pleased with Support for GE Labeling, by Debbie Atwood
Nutting Running for Congress, by John Nutting

Sign me up for genetic engineering! by M.S. Tupper
Dandelion Pride, by Pamela J. Bruschi


It’s Time
By Russell Libby, MOFGA Executive Director
August will mark 30 years of MOFGA, and it seems to me that the need for our perspective on the world may be greater than it’s been since the beginning.

Paradise vs. Industrial Ag
By Jean English, Editor, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
In February, my daughter, Saima, and I visited Waldo County’s Sister City of San Nicolas, Nicaragua. Returning home, I received a stirring message from MOFGA member Beedy Parker.

The Organic Blueberry Processing Blues
By Larry Lack
Although organic blueberries can command a premium price, they account for less than one-half of one percent of Maine’s bountiful and lucrative blueberry crop. What would it take to motivate more growers to stop using Velpar and other chemicals on blueberries and go organic?

Gleaning Blueberries on Golden Mornings
By Beedy Parker
When it comes time for the blueberries on the mountain, I pack some quart tubs and lids and some drinking water in my back pack and head up the path, as early as I can hoist myself, before the sun gets too high and hot.

Spring Legislation Addresses Genetic Engineering, Dioxins, Pesticides

2001 Maine Legislation Summary


Dandelions: Stars in the Grass
The New Farmers’ Market
Catalog of Green Methods Available
The Great Book of Pears
From Earth to Herbalist
The Beetless’ Gardening Book
Sustainable Cuisine White Papers
The Invisible Garden

MOF&G Cover Summer 2001

News & Events

Maine BPC Report
BPC on Blueberry Pesticides, Endangered Salmon and More

Small Farm Field Day
RockKnockers’ Picnic and Stone­Cutters’ Ball, and Summer King Solstice Ritual

Farmer to Farmer Conference

Volunteer Profile
Mark Guzzi

Common Ground Country Fair
Twenty-Five Years!
Plugging Along Pays Off for Rural Maine Artist Joyce Dubay