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Six-year-old Morgan Bonin picks strawberries at Raven's Berry Farm in Freedom Monday.  Morgan came with her mother Lauren Bonin, who said they come at least once a year to pick strawberries.

Maine’s strawberry season off to strong start, experts say

“We’re kind of unique [in the country] that our strawberry season matches so well with the start of summer and the Fourth of July holiday,” according to University of Maine strawberry specialist David Handley. “I think we’ll have a really good crop of strawberries for the Fourth of July.”
Glacier National Park, Montana

University of Maine scientists find art in the farthest corners of earth

The exhibit showcases the work of Climate Change Institute faculty, staff and students who have gone on expeditions to some of the most far-flung corners of the planet to try and understand the past, current and future of earth’s climate.
Etna-Dixmont Elementary School student Hailey Power, 5, holds a corn seedling before planting it in the school's vegetable garden, May 25, 2017.

Maine school district receives thousands in federal funds for farm-to-school initiatives

By bringing agriculture and local food into schools, students can learn a host of skills ranging from healthy nutrition habits to what it takes to run a business.
To make bean hole beans you need a deep bed of coals to set the pots of beans into.

How to make traditional Maine bean hole beans

Happy bean cooking, and happy eating!
Greg King and his husband Kyffin Dolliver at their Morrill farm. The couple own and operate Morrill Century Farm, where they raise mixed vegetables, laying hens, pigs and cattle.  Dolliver works on the farm full time, but King works off the farm and is attending nursing school.

LGBT farmers find opportunity, adversity in rural Maine

In small, rural Maine towns, social change has been slower to take hold. That’s not an accident, according to sociologist Isaac Leslie, who studies queer farming and rural heterosexism. He said the mainstream LGBT movement of the past half-century has been far too focused on cities.
Aroostook Beef Company will have a fixed storefront as of this weekend when the northern Maine farm opens its store Saturday. In addition to its locally raised beef, the store will carry a number of made in Maine products.

Northern Maine beef farmers want to get their meat on local dinner plates

For the last three years the couple — former Nebraska ranchers — has been growing a herd of prime black angus cattle on their New Canada Aroostook Beef Company farm just south of Fort Kent.
Customers hold glasses of beer at a restaurant

Why it’s so hard to figure out when bottled and canned beer is fresh

By now, consumers have gotten the message that most beer is best enjoyed when it’s fresh.
 Farmer Michael Hayden of Folklore Farm in Cherryfield sets up his pop-up farm stand for children to come select vegetables to take home with them at Milbridge Elementary School in Milbridge, Jan 12, 2017.

Project offering free legal service to farmers, food producers hits milestone

Farmers are experts on a lot of agrarian topics. But when it comes to legal matters, navigating the nitty gritty of regulations and contracts might not be where a farmer feels most at home. This is where a project run by the Conservation Law Foundation comes in.
Josh Parda, a volunteer with Comins Hall, feeds the fire as he prepares to make bean-hole beans early Friday morning in Eddington. Parda is one of a group of volunteers who organize suppers, pie and bean sales and other events to generate income for the upkeep of the building that was built in 1878.

Digging into tradition with bean-hole beans

“Fire, coals and cast iron or earthenware pots. It’s a pretty easy way to cook a whole bunch of food for a whole bunch of people. And relative to a can of beans, they taste very much better.”
With recipes such as multigrain homemade pancake mix, creamy potato and spinach curry and pork and ricotta meatballs, this cookbook gives familiar foods a gourmet spin.

It just got easier to eat more sustainably with this new cookbook

“I really believe that if you eat a great plate of food, you’re going to want to know how it’s made.”
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

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.