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Meet Mandala Farm in Gouldsboro

September 10, 2020

Meet Sara Faull and Genio Burtin of Mandala Farm in Gouldsboro, Maine. They, their children and Burtin's parents maintain 2.5 acres of MOFGA-certified organic vegetables and diverse livestock enterprises. They sell their vegetables to restaurants and retail stores on Mount Desert Island and  through their CSA, self-serve farm stand and the Winter Harbor Farmers' Market. They farm primarily using Fjords, which haul in crops, spread manure, plant cover crops, move firewood and carry maple sap. See Sonja Heyck-Merlin's article about Mandala Farm in the fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

Find Mandala Farm on Facebook, Instagram and the farm website.


Forestry News and Recent Publications – September 2020

September 9, 2020

Small Forest, Big Carbon

This 30-minute podcast from "Cool Solutions" interviews forest scientists, landowners and foresters and explores management strategies landowners could implement to increase the climate mitigating potential of their woodlots. The podcast also explores the social inequities and potential opportunities of carbon markets, and it profiles The Family Forest Project, an effort to incentivize carbon management for small landowners.

To Save the Hemlock, Scientists Turn to Genetics and Natural Predators

The hemlock wooly adelgid is present in at least five Maine counties, and this article explains the existential threat these insects pose to eastern hemlock. It also explores early efforts to produce resistant trees and considers biocontrols to reduce adelgid populations.

Hardwood Quality: Stain and Compartmentalization

This article, written by University of Maine professor emeritus Bob Seymour and published in the Maine Woodlot Owners August newsletter, discusses silvicultural choices landowners can make to increase hardwood log quality. The author calculates the financial returns from sound management and demonstrates the value of growing quality wood.

Climate Change Tree Atlas

This publication from the U.S. Forest Service predicts how different tree species' ranges might expand or contract as climate change impacts growing conditions, moisture levels and catastrophic weather events. It could guide landowners and managers as they consider what species to encourage through intentional regeneration harvests or what trees they might want to introduce to their woodlots through carefully considered planting efforts.

Non-Native Plant Spotlight: Shrubby Honeysuckles

This fact sheet from the University of Maine describes the threat posed to native habitats by shrubby honeysuckles, provides identification information and describes these plants' preferred habitat. The publication also offers information about mechanical control measures you can use to manage honeysuckle on your property.