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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.”
One of the 84 Great Danes rescued from an alleged puppy mill in New Hampshire awaits transport. Christina Fay, who operated an unlicensed breeding kennel in Auburn in 2015, has been charged in connection with operating the mill.
Homestead

Alleged NH puppy mill operator was investigated for unlicensed kennel in Maine

Christina Fay was arrested last week on two misdemeanor charges of neglect after multiple agencies raided her Wolfeboro, NH, home and rescued 84 Great Danes.
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.
Homestead

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.
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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.
CATCHING HEALTH

Where you can pick strawberries in Maine

What’s more delicious than freshly picked strawberries? Here’s the 2017 Catching Health list of where you can pick strawberries in Maine.
Denise DeSpirito, the gardens manager at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, talks about one of the plants in the garden during a recent presentation on medicinal herbs.

Merryspring Nature Center ‘an oasis’ in busy midcoast

“Some people think it’s a private club,” she said, adding that they’re very surprised when they learn otherwise.
Lunch plate with soup, salad and baguette at the new 93 Main Cafe in Unity.
Gabor Degre | BDN
Homestead

Unity coffee shop that features local fare perks up the community

Unity residents say the opening of the coffee shop has been a boon to their community.
Few things are cuter than a fuzzy baby chick, but there can be disease and bacteria hiding in those feathers. Poultry scientists recommend practicing biosecurity at all times when interacting with birds.
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Don’t let chickens get too neighborly with wild birds

When it comes to raising poultry for food, cleanliness is key for human and animal safety, according to state agriculture officials who deal in biosecurity.
Scientists have discovered a new kind of antibiotic – buried in the dirt. Tests in animals show that it is effective against drug-resistant bacteria, and it could lead to desperately needed treatments for deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.
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Scientists find new kind of antibiotic buried in dirt

Scientists have discovered a new kind of antibiotic – buried in the dirt. Tests in animals show that it is effective against drug-resistant bacteria, and it could lead to desperately needed treatments for deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.
PAJAMAS, BOOKS, AND CHICKENS

Summer treats and care for your backyard chickens

It’s that time of year. Our poor girls were walking around this week with their little wings held out, trying to take in any cool breeze they could. Thankfully, watermelon helped, but it got me to thinking about how important it is to keep an eye on your backyard flock’s health during the hot summer months.