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Why this Belfast teen learned the fine art of inseminating dairy cows

Karagen Stone, a three-sport athlete who doesn’t lack for confidence, said she’d like to tell other teenage girls that they shouldn’t limit their dreams based on what’s expected of them. “Girls can get dirty,” she said. “If there’s something you want to do, do it.”
PAJAMAS, BOOKS, AND CHICKENS

Thinking of a vegetable garden? It’s time to plant seedlings and plan rows

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SLOWER TRAFFIC

Snowstorms are much more fun when you don’t drive in them

Annie Stillwater Gray is the host of the General Store Variety Show in the studio of the Skowhegan-based radio station WXNZ.
Homestead

Northern Exposure, Maine-style: Solon woman creates world for weekly radio show

“I like people to feel like they’re escaping, when they come to the general store.”
Homestead

Rockland city council stops short of passing food sovereignty ordinance

Eighteen municipalities across Maine have already adopted food sovereignty ordinances.
A man makes his way down Hammond street during a snowstorm on Monday in Bangor. The recent snowfall could bring some relief to the drought which has persisted for much of the last year.
Homestead

Winter weather on track to soothe ongoing drought conditions

“In order to really see how well it eases the drought, we have to see … how quickly it melts.”
Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson now serves as Maine Farmland Trust's Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, where four artists each spent a month last summer completing an art residency.
Homestead

Maine Farmland Trust artist residency program promotes agriculture through visual arts

“Farmers are makers, and artists are makers, and they seem to have a lot of shared passion for our rural environments and heritage here in Maine.”
Stephen DeGoosh and Brooke Isham talk in the living and dining area of their home. Forty years ago, a retired Air Force captain and his family built the bunker-like home on a stake of land in rural Sangerville and prepared for the worst. Now DeGoosh and Isham are staying true to the original plans of the home -- a large garden, a greenhouse -- but with transition and food sovereignty in mind instead of survivalism.
VIDEO

Bunker-style home built by survivalists the perfect fit for sustainable duo

Instead of going it alone in an uncertain and possibly frightening future, they are working on building a community that can survive it together.
VIDEO

‘It’s like drawing with a hammer’: Maine blacksmith forges art on her anvil

Over the years that she has been honing her craft, Max has continued to have fun. One of her most popular items stemmed from an experiment.
PAJAMAS, BOOKS, AND CHICKENS

7 tips to help you prepare for a winter power outage in rural Maine

Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, speaks as the keynote speaker to kick off a daylong discussion hosted by Envision Maine that focused on the economy of rural Maine and opportunities to grow it on Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Homestead

Creating bright futures for Maine’s rural economies relies on collaboration of ideas

Communities throughout rural Maine are up against no shortage of challenges.
Carl Johanson, 26, plays with his dog while talking about the recently installed large solar array at Goranson Farm in Dresden. Johanson's parents own the farm and were the driving force behind the project that is to cover the energy needs at the 80-acre organic farm.
Homestead

Solar array adds to the sustainable future of a historically progressive family farm in Maine

“We’re trying to survive as a family business, while being less dependent on energy sources that are beyond our control. [Solar] seemed an appropriate way to go.”