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How a Washington County farmer is working to fight hunger in Maine

“Food insecurity is such a big issue in Washington County,” Wendy Harrington, the director of service programs at the mission’s Down East campus in Cherryfield, said.
Livestock such as these cattle can be seen at the Fryeburg Fair in Fryeburg in this October 2014 file photo.

This club will teach Maine children how to raise, market livestock

With the new club educating children and families on what exactly goes into raising a variety of different animals, Judy Smith said they will be more informed about what exactly goes into raising the food they consume.
High school senior Franci Bliss, 17, of Portland is a certified doula who has assisted in around 15 births since August.

17-year-old finds passion for birthwork while becoming a doula

Regardless where the future takes her, helping others will be at the center of her plans.
Sarah Smiley

Life-size stormtrooper balloon was creepy and endearing

Unfortunately, Jason is no longer with us.
Three roosting chickens are the focus of the 2017 Common Ground Country Fair poster, which was released by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association this week.

Maine association unveils 2017 Common Ground Country Fair poster

The poster represents the 41st annual Common Ground Country Fair, which will be be held Sept. 22 through Sept. 24.
Bangor artist Hannah Kreitzer of Hallowbone said that art is how she makes sense of things and is a language that co

Sense of wonder flows through Bangor artist’s creations

She finds inspiration in archaeology, ancient history, ecology, music, scavenger animals and outer space.
Visitors and vendors can be seen during the annual State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center in this January 2011 file photo.

LePage: Maine agriculture ‘can become a major industry, not just a boutique industry’

“Where [farmers] are all spread out on the landscape during the growing season and the busy time of the year, I think the [trades show] is a good time to get everyone together.”
Former United States Navy SEAL Robert Foley, who runs Operation Veteran Wellness, which uses horses to help military veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues after they leave the military, is one of 15 farming veterans featured in the new Maine series &quotGrowing Home."

‘Some really inspiring stories’: New Maine series looks at veterans down on the farms

“Growing Home” will air the first of 13 30-minute episodes at 11 a.m. Sunday

Collaboration brings midcoast students a community-oriented garden project

“I see this space as a way to connect the students to their community, thinking in terms of what to grow there in regards to what the community needs.”

It’s January in Maine: Time to plan your garden

A tub of fresh butter is seen on Friday at Rollins Orchard in Garland. Rollins Orchard began making butter in 2015.

For quality small-batch butter, try churning it at home

“We use the slow traditional process to give [the butter] better flavor. It gives it a more buttery flavor.”

Keeping bees is a great New Year’s resolution

The snow is really piling up on Rusty Metal Farm. Could 2017 be another record-breaking year?

How to survive a Maine winter? With plenty of friends

“Welcome to winter 2017 on Rusty Metal Farm, where it’s shaping up to be a banner season and the only reason I am not filing a change-of-address form to The Bahamas is — as so often the case — thanks to my neighbors and friends.”