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After three years of leasing the property, Morning Dew Farm owners Brady Hatch and Brendan McQuillen hope to purchase a 68-acre property along Route 1 in Damariscotta to continue farming the land.
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Newcastle farmers aim to buy property that was almost a Wal-Mart

The land was targeted by Wal-Mart for the development of an 186,800-square-foot supercenter in 2005.
Maine-made cheese like Hullabaloo from Imagine Dairy Farm will be tasted, sold and celebrated at the Maine Cheese Festival Oct. 16th in Union.
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Maine Cheese Festival returns after decade-long hiatus to celebrate Maine’s booming industry

“We will showcase over 100 different types of cheeses that Mainers are making.”
Tom Booth of Pittsfield drives his draft horses Ted and Shorty during one of the pulling events at the 2009 Blue Hill Fair. The team took first place in the 3200 class.

Photos of the Blue Hill Fair through the years

At more than 100-years-old, the Blue Hill Fair is an end of summer tradition for many people throughout the state of Maine. Held every year …
Raised garden beds filled with various plants can be seen on Aug. 25 at the Brewer Housing Authority.
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Garden research project yields veggies, satisfaction for Maine seniors

“This project has brought them together in a shared activity, and they’ve made friends with each other.”
Paulared apples grow at Highmoor Farm research facility in Monmouth.
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Maine’s apple crop forecast is smaller in volume and size

The summer drought that’s taxed farmers from Berwick to Bowdoinham may take a toll on this year’s apple harvest.
Sarah Smiley
SARAH SMILEY

What happened when I gave up dessert

Sarah Smiley: This year I learned I love desserts.
Seth Elderkin of Parkman gets Belgian draft horses Mitch and Molly ready for the Farm Horse Scoot competition on Friday at the Piscataquis Valley Fair in Dover-Foxcroft. &quotI'm not that competitive," said Elderkin, who has only been competing for a couple of years.  &quotI'm just here to have a good time."
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Draft horses show their strength at the Piscataquis Valley Fair

Seth Elderkin of Parkman brought his Belgian draft horses Mitch and Molly to the Farm Horse Scoot competition on Friday at the Piscataquis Valley Fair in Dover-Foxcroft.
One of three energy-efficient homes can be seen on Aug. 18 on Fern Street in Bangor. Bob and Suzanne Kelly, building renovators, are developing a &quotgreen pocket neighborhood" on the site of an old dry-cleaning facility.
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In Bangor, a ‘green pocket neighborhood’ adapts new ideas to traditional setting

This is Bangor EcoHomes, a small but ambitious sustainable-living project developed by husband-and-wife team Bob and Suzanne Kelly.
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Federal farm assistance programs changing to meet needs of new growers

“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.”
Axel Stewart (left), 19, of Epsom, N.H., plays the mandolin for his sister, Madeleine, while seeking a quiet moment in the trees at Maine Fiddle Camp, a multi-generational summer camp experience that celebrates traditional music in Montville.
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Music made under the pines at Maine Fiddle Camp

It’s a music camp for people of all ages and all abilities. They stay in rustic cabins or in tents, and spend most of their time playing music and improving their skills, which can range from rudimentary to near-professional.