Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

Anne Weinberg of Chase Stream Farm in Monroe smiles next to some of the produce she was selling recently at the new United Farmers Market of Maine in Belfast. Thanks to recently enacted food sovereignty legislation, small producers like Weinberg will have an easier time selling their products locally.

LePage signs food sovereignty law, the first of its kind in the nation

By Julia Bayly on June 20, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
Supporters of food sovereignty want local food producers to be exempt from state licensing and inspections governing the selling of food as long as the transactions are between the producers and the customers for home consumption.
Few things are cuter than a fuzzy baby chick, but there can be disease and bacteria hiding in those feathers. Poultry scientists recommend practicing biosecurity at all times when interacting with birds.

Don’t let chickens get too neighborly with wild birds

By Julia Bayly on June 16, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
When it comes to raising poultry for food, cleanliness is key for human and animal safety, according to state agriculture officials who deal in biosecurity.

It’s spring in Maine and that means black flies

By Julia Bayly on June 08, 2017, at 3:17 p.m.
maybe they do have a role in Mother Nature’s scheme, but it’s kind of hard to appreciate when you are picking them out of your teeth.
Steve Rusnak, owner of Full Bloom Cannabis in Fort Kent, carries several varieties of marijuana along with a selection of cannabis edibles, tinctures, salves and oils for his medical marijuana customers.

Baby boomers taking up pot again may be surprised how much it’s changed

By Julia Bayly on June 06, 2017, at 5:45 a.m.
Things have changed a bit since the days when marijuana was an illicit drug sold on the black market.

Food sovereignty bill passes in Maine House, Senate

By Julia Bayly on June 03, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.
“Food is life. If you can feed yourself, then no one else can push you around or tell you what to do.”
Fiddleheads are popping up on menus around the state this spring. At The Grand Isle General Store they are the topping on the cafe's newest pizza offering.

Fried, sauteed, in eggs or on a pizza: It’s fiddlehead season in Maine

By Julia Bayly on May 29, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
The wild edible green can be sauteed, deep fried and so much more.
Carol Santora wants to make sure her beloved dogs Biscuit (right) and Dixie are well taken care of if they should outlive her. She and her husband Dave Santora included the dogs in their estate planning.

A trust fund for a pooch? How some Mainers are including their pets in estate planning

By Julia Bayly on May 28, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
For some Mainers, funds of $10,000 per dog are there for a new owner to buy food, provide medical care or whatever the dogs need.
Jumpers reached terminal velocity -- or 120 mph -- skydiving over Presque Isle last weekend.

On Rusty Metal Farm we fear the mundane and embrace the risky

By Julia Bayly on May 25, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
On Sunday, I survived jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.
Tylor Kelly, right, shares a laugh with longtime friend Mike Kelly at Two Rivers Lunch where Tylor Kelly had his first-ever birthday party - at age 80 - on Wednesday. "I'll never turn 80 again," Tylor Kelly said. "Why not have a party?"

Northern Maine legend celebrates first birthday party — at 80

By Julia Bayly on May 23, 2017, at 6:23 a.m.
“I’m only going to turn 80 once,” he said. “So why not have a party?”

Northern Maine library selected for new NASA-sponsored program

By Julia Bayly on May 17, 2017, at 1:29 p.m.
The northern Maine library was among 75 nationwide — and the only one in the state — selected from 5,000 applicants to participate in the NASA@MyLibrary Program.
It's not at all uncommon when driving on the North Maine Woods' private roads to come across a loaded logging truck. Recreational drivers need to be aware and respectful of those working in the woods, say the landowners.

Never forget, all roads are private in the North Maine Woods

By Julia Bayly on May 13, 2017, at 6 a.m.
“People going in need to follow the rules of those roads. They are private roads. It is quite unusual in the U.S. to have 3.5 million acres of private land open for people to drive around. If people abuse it, those roads could become closed and private.”
This working scale model locomotive is an exact replica of a Bangor & Aroostook engine from the early part of the last century. George Roy of Fort Kent spent an estimated 5,000 hours fabricating the model in 1961. Last week, it was gifted to the Fort Kent Historical Society.

Decades later, 800-pound model train finds its way home to Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on May 12, 2017, at 9:29 a.m.
The working steam engine was designed and built by one of Fort Kent’s true “petanteurs” George Roy in 1961.
If faux-mud splattered pants are now high fashion, just spend some time in northern Maine working outdoors during mud season.

Since when did mud become high fashion?

By Julia Bayly on May 11, 2017, at 1:19 p.m.
“I’ll totally admit to spending probably too much on a pair of shoes or shirt that really caught my eye a time or two. But I draw the line at forking over hundreds to look like I just walked out of a St. John Valley potato field at the end of a long day of picking rocks.”
Humans around the world are planning to shed their clothes and dig into the earth on Saturday for World Naked Gardening Day.

Gardening this weekend? Time to get naked

By Julia Bayly on May 05, 2017, at 11:08 a.m.
That desire to feel the earth and wind is a comment sentiment among avid gardeners, even the ones who keep their clothes on.
Greg Zielinski (center) leads a yoga class for seniors at the Bangor Y Wednesday morning. Also pictured are Gretchen Dyer-Gagnon (left) and Rick Alexander.

This mind and body practice helps seniors ‘show up for life’

By Julia Bayly on April 28, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
“Yoga is very gentle and holistic,” Sandy Cyrus, owner of Full Circle Yoga in Orono, said. “It’s like taking your car in for a tuneup, but yoga is a tuneup for the whole body.”
Chiclet amused herself for a time during a long layover in Montreal watching planes take off and land. The Rusty Metal Farm house dog is well on her way to becoming a savvy traveler.

Now that she’s seen Winnipeg, how do I keep Chiclet down on the farm?

By Julia Bayly on April 27, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
In my travels I had seen numerous people on planes with their tiny dogs. How difficult could this be?
The old, abandoned locomotives on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is the destination of a driving convoy this summer. So far, more than 50 people are planning to take part in the 90-mile drive into the Maine woods in August.

How to see ‘Ghost Trains’ deep in the Maine woods

By Julia Bayly on April 21, 2017, at 7:32 a.m.
The backroad trip into the North Maine Woods in the First Ghost Train Convoy will visit the abandoned steam engines and tramway between Eagle and Chamberlain lakes.
A sure sign of spring in Maine is the annual appearance of bump or frost heave warning signs.

Spring in Maine means frost heaves in the roads

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Call them what you want, “frost heaves,” are the seasonal bane of every Maine driver.
The woods around Rusty Metal Farm look like something out of a novel set on the British moors these days. But optimism is running high -- spring is on the way.

The horror that is spring in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 14, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Were I to post photos of the current conditions surrounding my house they would be monochromatic images of mud, giant snow banks and trees with nary a leaf bud in sight.
The Rusty Metal Farm ermine pops out from his below the garage den looking for his daily tribute.

When wildlife resorts to extortion

By Julia Bayly on March 30, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
“I have the distinct impression my forest friends have started regarding me not so much as their benign landlord but as their lackey.”