Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Ocean Glimpse gardeners in Northport
Ocean Glimpse gardeners in Northport. Photo by Judy Berk.

Cooperative Gardening in Northport
By Jane Lamb
When one of the highlights of summer is a bunch of grownups sitting on a deck spitting watermelon seeds at each other, something good must be going on.

Create Low-Cost Gift Baskets
By Alicia Karen Elkins

Diversity Keeps Netherfield Farm Afloat
By Joyce White

Fifth Annual Sheepfest
By Joyce White

Riding the Argentine Range: Life & Work on an Organic Beef Farm
By Rupert Jannasch

Organics in Argentina
By Rupert Jannasch

A Question of Purity: Delegates at Organic Conference Discuss Perils of Success
By Rupert Jannasch

Michael Sligh

Michael Sligh. English photo.

Genes & the Food Supply
By Jean English
Activist Michael Sligh grew up on a family farm in West Texas and farmed for a decade before taking a sabbatical to “square away policies” that were detrimental to family farming. That sabbatical began some two decades ago, and hasn’t ended yet. Sligh described those detrimental policies to a crowd that gathered on the earthen-banked amphitheater at the Common Ground Country Fair in September to hear him.

Harvard Conference on Biotechnology
By Sharon Tisher
There is a touch of unreality about sitting in Orono, getting much of my information about developments in agro-biotechnology from news stories circulated on various e-mail networks. So as a reality-check, I attended an international conference on biotechnology policy hosted on September 2-3 by Harvard University. The conference was organized by Dr. Calestous Juma, a Kenyan and the former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity, currently a Special Advisor to the newly created Harvard Center for International Development.

Pesticides in Schools
By Jean English
Our children spend six to 10 hours a day in schools, many of which are poorly ventilated. When they go out for recess or stay after school for sports, they are more likely than adults to have their feet, knees and hands contact the ground, and they are more likely to put their hands and other objects in their mouths than are adults.

A Pesticide Quiz & Primer
By Sharon Tisher

Showdown in Seattle
By Roni Krouzman

Will Bonsall
Will Bonsall. English photo.

Increased Yields Through Intercropping
By Jean English
Will Bonsall’s original inspiration for growing crops intensively on his farm came from the book Farmers of Forty Centuries, by F.H. King. Paraphrasing a point from the book, Will told an audience at the Common Ground Country Fair, “Such crowding of plants on the land must be accompanied by crowding of gray matter in the brain.”

Pedogenesis: The Importance of Deciduous Trees In Forest Ecosystems
By Céline Caron

Chicories: Delectable Falls & Winter Salads
By Lucie Arbuthnot

Ask the Green Spot
By Michael Cherim

False Unicorn
By Deb Soule

By Ellie MacDougall

Grow Your Own: Eggplant
By Roberta Bailey
Eggplant, Solarium melongena var. esculentum, originated in India from a bitter-fruited, spiny plant. Centuries of selection and cultivation have resulted in a fruit with little or no bitterness. Chinese records refer to non-bitter eggplant fruit as early as the 5th century. From there eggplant traveled to Spain, Italy and Africa, where further domestication resulted in the eggplant we know today.

Harvest Kitchen: Fragrance of Fresh Bread
By Roberta Bailey
I stopped baking bread this summer. I was taking a writing class in Portland, and after the class I would go to the open market or the health food store. At first, I was drawn by the number, shape and variety of breads on display, everything from olive and dried tomato bread to organic, Maine-grown whole wheat. It was so easy to pick up a loaf of bread, especially with this summer's heat. The bread was sour and chewy and delicious. But something was missing.

Mark Fulford
Mark Fulford. English photo.

Forget Roundup – Do the Mulch-Up Number
Mark Fulford, one of Maine’s premier horticulturists, gave an excellent demonstration of orchard site preparation [at the 1999 Common Ground Country Fair]. “You don’t have to spend half an hour shaking sod out” of the earth in the spring when you’re planting trees, and later “wonder why the tree is in suspended animation for two years,” said Mark.

Create a Downspout-Fed Marsh
New Strawberry Varieties
New Blueberry and Cranberry Harvesters Developed
Energy Efficient Landscaping
White Asparagus Production
Most Maine Soils Need Lime, Organic Matter
Web Resource on Farm Animal Health
Radio Spots for Farmers' Markets
Good Grounding Makes Good Electric Fences
A Snap Crop?
Mesh Bags for Washing Greens
Farm Labor Service Proposed
Storing Water for Emergencies
Hemp for Victory, Victory for Hemp

Act of Kindness
Bills Threaten Biological Control


Applause and an Appeal
By Sharon Tisher, 1999-2000 MOFGA President
First of all, applause and the highest praise for Heather Spalding and the MOFGA staff, the Fair Steering Committee, the Planning Team, the Traffic and Parking Committee, and the 1400 volunteers for executing a flawless Fair.

On Track
By Russell Libby, MOFGA Executive Director
Advertising people say that you know your message is getting through when you're so tired of repeating it that you're ready to stop. Not that we're tired, but it's always fun to see some results. So, for those of us who like some reinforcement that we're heading in the right direction, I hope you've noticed the following.

Will We Farm for Forty More Centuries?
By Jean English, Editor, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
One night I get a call from Peter Vido, a New Brunswick grower with intense thoughts and feelings about scythes. He wants to write an article for The MOF&G. I prepare to give him my email address, and he says, “Wait a minute, my candle’s almost burned out.” Turns out, he’s sitting in a cabin in the woods, in near darkness with rain pelting down, a ways from his house but close enough to the phone lines for a hook-up. He doesn’t use a computer or have e-mail – he actually writes in longhand – but may know someone who does. The irony of the situation strikes me as he adjusts his candlelight and takes down my email address.

Blue Ribbon Fair Baby
By Kit Whited
Many folks have attended the Common Ground Country Fair for years and years. Those of us who are repeat enthusiasts tend to schedule vacations or family gatherings around the dates of the Fair. I have attended ever since it was held in Litchfield. This year the Fair held special significance for me, however, because Friday the 24th was my son Gabriel’s 17th birthday.

A Few Thoughts on the Art of Hand Mowing
By Peter Vido
To share with this readership the elements (in somewhat complete, yet very condensed form) of the use of the scythe seems a challenging proposition. It is, without doubt, by far the most multi-dimensional tool I’ve been privileged to use.

Growing Herbs and Vegetables from Seed to Harvest
One Book – 10,000 Plants
New Logsdon Books Available
Monday to Friday Chicken
Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold-Bond
Adrian Bloom's Year-Round Garden, by Adrian Bloom
NRAES Cranks Out Ag Publications

MOF&G Cover Winter 1999-2000

News & Events

Maine BPC
September, October 1999
July 1999

MOFGA Has Two Recipe Contest Winners

Fair News
Contest Winners at the 1999 Fair
Donations to the Common Kitchen