Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

Kristen Miale, executive director of Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, talks about how the organization's new 40,000-square-foot facility in Hampden will help ensure healthy vegetables and produce make it to the tables of hungry Mainers in this November 2015 file photo.

BDN, Good Shepherd team up to shine spotlight on hunger in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 18, 2016, at 7:24 a.m.
Data collected by the Good Shepherd Food Bank in 2014 showed more than 206,000 Mainers — or 16 percent of the state’s total population — are living with food insecurity,
A former horse barn on the land in Passadumkeag near the Penobscot River that Tim Shay, president of the Wabanaki Cultural Preservation Commission, has been trying to help purchase in order to establish a center for culture and healing can be seen Thursday.

Maine tribes looking to purchase traditional lands for healing center

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 17, 2016, at 7:32 a.m.
Members of Maine’s Wabanaki tribes are hoping a planned purchase of land along the Penobscot River is the first step in establishing a center for culture and healing in the state.
Rusty Metal Chickens practicing for the catwalk can get a bit distracted by tasty greens and grubs on the ground.

Move over Calendar Girls, it’s time for Rusty Metal Farm poultry photo shoot

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.

Model chickens at Rusty Metal Farm

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 15, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.

Acadia is Maine’s #1 ranked bicycle ride — and even better when it’s car-free

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.

For a baker in India, Maine buckwheat is the grain of choice

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 1:06 a.m.
“Once I tried the Bouchard’s buckwheat flour, it didn’t take me much time to realize that this was the one I wanted. Soon I had completely switched over to this flour.”
With more and more people looking for gluten-free options in cooking and baking, buckwheat from Bouchard Family Farms in Fort Kent is meeting a growing food niche.

For a baker in India, Maine buckwheat is the grain of choice

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 13, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
“Once I tried the Bouchard’s buckwheat flour, it didn’t take me much time to realize that this was the one I wanted. Soon I had completely switched over to this flour,” he said.
There are still a few weeks of summer left, according to the calendar, but leaves have already started to change colors in the St. John Valley. Beginning Sept. 14, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will post regular fall foliage updates on its website.

Get your peepers ready. Maine’s fall foliage expected to peak on schedule.

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 04, 2016, at 7:27 a.m.
Mother Nature is not short changing Maine when it comes to fall colors this year.
An older, wild apple tree can be seen on Aug. 30 at Rusty Metal Farm in Fort Kent. Northern Maine's landscape is dotted with these apple trees, and landowners can learn how to reclaim them and increase yields at Aroostook Apple Day.

Northern Maine growers plan a day devoted to all things apple

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 03, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
“Apples are definitely a growing crop in northern Maine,” Angie Wotton said. “There are a lot of old orchards up here that people are looking to reclaim.”
Winona Nicola, a member of the Penobscot Nation, has been out in North Dakota to join the Standing Rock Sioux protesting a proposed oil pipeline near tribal lands.

Members of Maine tribes taking part in North Dakota pipeline protest, and we should all care

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 01, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
Some members of Maine’s indigenous tribes are taking part in a months-long protest to block construction of an oil pipeline near the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux.

Snorkeling between continents

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 4:27 p.m.

Federal farm assistance programs changing to meet needs of new growers

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 25, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
“A lot of them are not really aware of our office or what we can do. We want to help them absorb as much information and get as much help as they can.”
Natasha the cat was more than happy to socialize a bit with the chipmunk she had recently brought into the house in Fort Kent. Meanwhile, Bangor Daily News columnist Julia Bayly scrambled to evict the rodent and place him back into the wild on Rusty Metal Farm.

I tolerate felines, but I will never be a cat person

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Dog people and cat people.
Among the conditions that can impact honeybee colonies is European foulbrood. The disease is treatable, but after Jan. 1, beekeepers will need a prescription from a licensed veterinarian to purchase what is now the over-the-counter antibiotic.

FDA policy changes may turn Maine veterinarians into beekeepers

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
As of the first of the year, beekeepers — including the roughly 1,200 in Maine — will no longer have access to certain over-the-counter antibiotics used to treat the condition known as European foulbrood, and are going to need prescriptions for the drug from a licensed veterinarian.
Riders prepare to take off on last year's Tour de Farms at the The Morris Farm in Wiscasset. This year's event begins Sept. 10 and takes cyclists through the rolling hills of midcoast Maine farm country.

Registration open for annual mid coast Tour de Farms bike trek

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 17, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
The folks at The Morris Farm in Wiscasset are hosting their 17th annual Tour de Farms on Sept. 10, where riders can enjoy some cycling and some gorgeous fall scenery and sample local farm products.

I ate a puffin, and I liked it

on Aug. 15, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Among the poutine-of-the-week selections at The Voyageur Lounge in Madawaska is beef stew poutine, a combination of chunks of beef, carrots and peas in gravy over cheese curds and steak fries, seen Feb. 16, 2016.

Cheese, fries, gravy: Poutine Palooza coming to The County

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 09, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
An homage to all things poutine — the traditional Quebecois delicacy of french-fried potatoes covered in gravy and cheese curds — Poutine Palooza is taking place around Madawaska, with organizers hoping it boosts festival attendance.
Fort Kent woodlot owner Larry Guimond prepares for a day tending his land.

Small woodlot owners a powerful force for future of Maine’s forests

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 05, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
“For me it’s not about how many trees I’ve cut or what kind of profit I see when I’m done [but] what the land looks like when I am finished on it,” small woodlot owner Larry Guimond said.
The flock of Golden Campines on Rusty Metal Farm know there is safety in numbers.

Increased chicken tensions a sign of the times on Rusty Metal Farm

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 04, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Whatever chicken chaos is coming, the signs are there.

How a federal soil bank program in Maine helped preserve farmland for decades

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 02, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
Thanks to the Conservation Reserve Program the land that was in the program is not only available to current and future farmers, it’s a lot healthier after laying fallow for 10 to 15 years, the life of the average CRP contract.