Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Alice Percy at Treble Ridge Farm
Alice Percy at Treble Ridge Farm.
English photo.

Diversity and Community Support Treble Ridge Farm in Whitefield
By Jean English
Treble Ridge Farm in Whitefield is a MOFGA-certified-organic, diversified farm – and one of an increasing number of MOFGA farms to include, in various ways, multiple generations and a supportive agricultural community.

Examples of Amish Family Enterprise: Living Grains Bakery and Locust Grove Woodworks
By Holli Cederholm
Kenneth and Katie Copp moved their Old Order Amish Mennonite family, and their family business, to Thorndike, Maine, just over a year after Amish families started settling in the Unity area during the summer of 2009. Since moving to Maine the Copps have established a small bakery specializing in products made from freshly ground grains, and a home-scale woodworking business crafting traditional furniture.

Farms and Gardens on a Social Mission
By Rebecca Goldfine
When Rebekah Pressley boarded a bus in New Jersey to travel to central Maine, she had never heard of the small community she was headed to, let alone the state of Maine. And the 24-year-old had no way of knowing that she would soon be replacing her pills and bottles with berries and twigs. As part of her church-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, she would end up working at an organic blueberry farm in Stockton Springs.

Sam Hayward
Maine Chef Sam Hayward. Lily Piel Photography photo.

Maine Chef Sam Hayward
By Polly Shyka
Award winning chef Sam Hayward of Fore Street in Portland, Maine, has been on MOFGA's board of directors for eight years and has been working closely with Maine farmers, foragers and fisherpeople for nearly 30 years. As many more restaurateurs and farmers forge relationships, Hayward's knowledge of both worlds is of great value to chefs, producers and food lovers.

Finding a Future in Agriculture: An Apprentice’s Journey
By Amber Reed
Before the Quivira Conference in Albuquerque last fall, I had read only a little by Aldo Leopold. At the beginning of A Sand County Almanac I read: “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” A man ahead of his time, Leopold nailed our modern psyche.

Growing Onions in Northern New England
By John Fuchs
Three key factors are involved in bringing in a bumper crop of large, tasty onions in northern New England: providing the right soil conditions; planting onions at the right time; and selecting the right varieties to plant.

Fava beans
Fava beans, from Thomé, Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, 1885.

Favas: a New-Old Legume for Maine Gardens
By Will Bonsall
So many names for one species: favas, broad beans, field beans, Windsor beans, horsebeans, tickbeans, bell beans, pigeon beans, etc.! And such a long history: Along with wheat and barley, favas have been cultivated by humankind since the dawn of agriculture. Caves in Iraq have yielded fava remains more than 5,000 years old.

The Living Soil – Modeling the Climacic Deciduous Forest
By Céline Caron
Soil is much more than “dirt.” Why is such a disrespectful word still used for one of the major components of life on Earth? Humanity could not be sustained without the living soils and the living oceans. Let’s banish the word “dirt” from our vocabulary when we talk about soil.

Fume and Fragrance: Insidious and Invited Invasion of the Immune System
By Diana Prizio
Wake up, get out of bed, but before you drag that comb across your head you might take a quick shower. Soap up. Wash your hair, condition it, maybe use shave cream. Towel dry, deodorant, maybe skin lotion, maybe styling gel for the coif. Freshly laundered clothes. Maybe cologne, maybe aftershave.

Common Ground Country Fair Keynote Speeches

The Dawnland Diet by Kerry Hardy
Kerry Hardy grew up in Lincolnville, Maine, exploring the outdoors extensively and eventually writing about traditional foodways of Maine in his book Notes on a Lost Flute. He now lives on a Hopi reservation in Arizona. He was the keynote speaker at the Common Ground Country Fair on Sept. 24, 2010. This article is based on his talk.

Observations from Thirty-five Years of Watching the Maine Organic Community Grow by Jim Gerritsen
Jim and Megan Gerritsen have owned and operated Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater, in Aroostook County, Maine, for 35 years, and they are raising their four children there as well. Their farm, MOFGA-certified organic since 1982, focuses on producing organic early generation Maine Certified Seed Potatoes, seed crops, vegetables and grain. The Gerritsens sell their seed potatoes and other goods through their retail mail order catalog and Web business, and they sell wholesale to several national mail order seed houses.

Slow Money by Woody Tasch
Woody Tasch, founder of the Slow Money movement, author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money and resident of New Mexico, presented the keynote speech at the Common Ground Country Fair on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

‘Duborskian’ rice
‘Duborskian’ rice grown in Maine by Roberta Bailey. English photo.

Harvest Kitchen: Growing Rice in Central Maine
By Roberta Bailey
I grew rice this year! And I actually harvested mature rice heads. The entire process entertained me all summer. It has been ages since I grew something about which I knew absolutely nothing. It gave me a glimpse into the world of the new gardener, packet of seed in hand and no idea what comes next. That newness, that blank slate, kept me grinning and marveling.

Winter Gale? Time for Cassoulet!
By Cheryl A. Wixson
When the skies turn a dark, mottled gray and the clouds start to scurry as the winds pick up from the northeast, my heart flutters. As the elegant spruce trees bend into swirling white snowflakes and our lights flicker, my taste buds quiver. There's a winter gale coming: time for a pot of cassoulet.

In the Organic Orchard: Planning for Pruning
By C.J. Walke
As the ground freezes and winter takes hold, our fruit trees become dormant and settle in for their own winter’s nap. The trees may be dormant and we may spend more time indoors, but some pests are still active – specifically deer and meadow voles, emphasizing the importance of winter preparations.

Selling Eggs? Know the Regs
By Diane Schivera, M.A.T.
Selling organic eggs in Maine requires knowing the regulations for licensing, certification, labeling, etc. Here’s a summary of some of those rules, with links to more extensive information.

Maine’s Winter Farmers’ Markets Showcase Diversity and Determination of Growing Local Food System
By Melissa White Pillsbury
Farmers’ markets tend to conjure images of customers strolling aisles of outdoor stands on sunny summer days, but Maine’s evolving and expanding local food movement challenges the notion of a “typical” farmers’ market.

Address the Causes of The Great Recession, by CR Lawn


USDA Should Invest in Biological Systems
By Russell Libby, MOFGA Executive Director
Recently I was part of a conversation about Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. The book was published in 1962, so we’re just shy of 50 years since Carson clearly articulated the dangers of DDT and the impact of thinking about a piece instead of the whole.

Always Growing
By Jean English, Editor, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
A non-gardening friend once asked how I could find enough to write about gardening. As any farmer or gardener knows, there’s always something new to discover – a new vegetable variety, an old way to grow fruit, how landscapes can support soil life… We can never know it all.

Reviews & Resources
Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture by Ross Conrad
and Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers by Richard E. Bonney
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Through the Eyes of a Stranger – Yaro Tales Book One by Will Bonsall
Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens
Organic Parenting – The Prevention of Parent Deficit Disorder by Koko Preston, M.A.

Video: Living Downstream, based on the book by Sandra Steingraber

Web Resources:
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) handbook
The Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database
UC Davis Soil Resource Laboratory’s smart phone application
Organic-Approved Pesticides – Minimizing Risks to Pollinators


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