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Scout for Invasive Plants Now

February 7, 2019

For those Mainers experiencing a relatively open winter, this is a good time to get into the woods to look for invasive species. Burning bush, with its winged bark (see photo), Japanese barberry with its thorny stems, Asiatic bittersweet with its red-orange fruits and multiflora rose with its arching, thorny shoots are easy to spot now. Read about removing invasives in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. For an update on removing woody invasives with weed-wrench-type tools (when the soil thaws), see the website of


Turmeric for Flavor and Health

December 13, 2018

High tunnels have changed the cycles of Maine’s local food systems, extending our live food harvests to year-round bounty, writes Roberta Bailey in her article "Turmeric for Flavor and Health" in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Along with cucumbers, greens, sweet potatoes and tomatoes come the fresh roots of ginger and turmeric. These fresh spices bring delicious new flavor profiles to our fall and winter meals. Find Roberta’s recipes for Sweet Potato Soup, Hot Turmeric Latte, Roasted Carrots with Turmeric, and more.



Grow Your Own Grains

December 6, 2018

You don’t need acres and acres of flat Kansas land to grow your own wheat. Ben Hoffman describes his practices and simple tools for growing wheat on a small scale in his article “Low-tech Grain Production” in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. The winter issue also has coverage of the keynote speeches and the Public Policy Teach-in at the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair … and lots more!


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