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Time to Think Storage

September 28, 2017

Despite the drought in many parts of Maine, gardens produced at least some crops abundantly, especially if gardeners were able to water. Pumpkins, squashes, potatoes, onions, carrots and more are ready or almost ready to be stored for winter. Read about storage techniques in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, including Anneli Carter-Sundqvist's "How we store our year-round supply of produce," Cheryl Wixson's "Root Cellars: Safe and Secure from the Corporate Food Train," "A Dozen Storage Crops for Homegrown Food Security" and Adam Tomash's "Using a Bulkhead as a Root Cellar." For crops that did not do well in your garden this year, local farmers' markets and Community Supported Agriculture farms offer great options for affordable organic goods.


Harness Hot Attic Air to Dry Fruit

August 3, 2017

Houses have an enormous supply of hot, dry air in the attic whenever the sun shines in the summer. Read how Eric Evans made a drying cabinet in an upstairs room to hold cooling racks and arranged a 4-inch duct and a small fan to suck air from the attic and blow it down through the cabinet full of sliced peaches. See "Low-Energy Food-Storage Solutions" in the summer issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.