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Bill Thayer works to cut a section of hay at Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro Tuesday.

How 2 Maine farmers are ensuring their farm will live on

When Cynthia and Bill Thayer came to Gouldsboro from Massachusetts and started organic farming at Darthia Farm in 1976, they had dreams but not certainty about how their life in Maine would work out.
Bradley Theriault inspects one of the two greenhouses with his son Konnor Martin on Theriault All Natural Farms in Fort Kent. Theriault runs the organic farm with his Aurora Jerkins. This year the couple decided to stay organic but not see official certification.

Why some Maine farmers say organic certification is worth the effort

“There is a customer base in Maine for whom being certified is a pretty big deal. For us to be competitive, we really need to have it.”
Eighth-graders (from left) Sydni Moores, Joshua Chun and Vincent Bonarrigo work at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on a model merry-go-round that will generate electricity. They are part of Team Power Play, which recently won first place in Maine as part of the national eCYBERMISSION competition.

Midcoast teen scientists generate electricity from a merry-go-round

“There’s so much kinetic energy in a playground,” one of the teen scientists said.
Julia Bayly.

Critter-sitting at Rusty Metal Farm is not for the faint of heart

Anyone with pets or livestock knows the planning involved when leaving them for any period of time.

A different way to rock: Artist helps you take Maine beaches home

Everything in life is a balancing act — relationships, work, hobbies, pets, kids. No matter what it is, keeping it all together is like a man …
A deer admires Jill Carter's basil plants in her Beaver Cove garden in this recent photo.

Maine wildlife not always a gardener’s best friend

To keep the burrowing animals at bay, Dill suggests keeping the area around the garden mowed and free of long grass, as they tend to avoid open areas.

How to make 'Moth Broth' and wow your kids this summer

This summer you can wow your kids with this fun (and stinky) science project that will attract moths and turn a fun adventure in entomology into an unforgettable educational experience.
Growing flowers are visible amidst the campaign signs on June 14 by the garden at the entrance to Market Square in Houlton.

Gardeners lament loss of Houlton Garden Club

The Houlton Garden Club not only served as an outlet to provide planting and gardening tips to other members, the club also hosted discussions that were open to the community.
Josh Wehrwein (right) holds the door to his family's canvas yurt while his wife, Melanie (center), and their daughter, Aria, 6, put on their shoes in Sedgwick on Wednesday. In October of 2010 the Wehrwein family began a journey out of suburbia and into &quotimagined living" in rural Maine. The family has been building a three-story wooden yurt on their property.

A yurt in the woods: How an unusual Maine man’s legacy lives on

The Wehrweins got to know Bill Coperthwaite well as he helped them design the three-story yurt. They moved into the fabric yurt on their property temporarily, until they could build it. In the end, their yurt became his last design.
Dinner is served to Maizy, Sophie and Loki. Christine Dupuis feeds the dogs a raw-food diet of ground meat, vegetables and fruit. &quotI find the dogs do so much better on the raw diet," Dupuis said. &quotThey have shinier coats, better health [and] fewer visits to the vets."

For some pet owners, there is no quibble that raw beats kibble

It’s not quite the paleo diet, but “raw feeding” is gaining in popularity among pet owners looking for what they believe are healthier and more natural options.
About 33 bison roam the 50 acres on June 5 on Tatonka Spirit Ranch in Smyrna.

These northern Mainers are raising bison for meat

There’s a lot to love about raising bison for meat, according to Linda White.

Solar power fits on our homestead quite well, we discovered

Solar Fits On The Homestead Quite Well, We Discovered It was one of those really blizzard-y nights, when the winds came from the north-northwest. It …