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Fresh strawberries are hand-sorted
Homestead

What you can do today to enjoy the summer harvest all year long

Most people envision glass jars filled with pickled cucumbers and beans when think of food preservation, but freezing and drying fruits or vegetables are two other relatively simple ways seasonal foods can be preserved.
PAJAMAS, BOOKS, AND CHICKENS

5 strange but fascinating facts about your backyard chickens

I do spend quite a bit of my time reading research about chickens and telling stories to anyone who will listen about chicken behaviors I observe. Maybe I’m a little bit obsessed with chickens, but they are fascinating.
People drink beer in a restaurant
Homestead

Five myths about beer

The sheer number of options could confuse even the most enthusiastic consumer. No wonder myths about beer’s past and present abound. Here are five.
Paul and Meredith Blakesley, their sons, William and Oliver, and Meredith’s father, Jim Grimes, stand in front of The Lakeside Barn, a new event venue at Duck Puddle Campground in Nobleboro. The Blakesleys and Jim and Mary Grimes own the campground.
Homestead

100-year-old midcoast barn transforms into glamorous event venue

The owners of Duck Puddle Campground recently completed renovations to a 100-year-old red barn on the property to create The Lakeside Barn, a venue for weddings, anniversary parties, birthdays and other gatherings.
Middle School students get their lunch at the school cafeteria at Regional School Unit 3 in Thorndike. The school district collaborates with several area farms to source about 40 percent of the school's cafeteria food locally.
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Maine schools resist national plan to relax healthy lunch guidelines by serving fresh, local foods

“Our mission is to provide students with a nutritious meal that they can choose in order to help them with academic success. That’s our only mission.”
Audrey Tripp and her children, Elijah, 8, and Adele, 7, play with Cecilly, a baby Nigerian dwarf goat at their Auburn home. The Tripp family was given permission from the city to keep two goats as pets. But the city is now saying the family can not keep the goats because there's an ordinance against it.
Homestead

Maine city OKs pet goats, then tells family they have to go

“I don’t understand why we can’t just keep them. It doesn’t seem like it’s hurting anything. We already had permission.”
Homestead

Packages of L.A. Lucky Brand basil seeds recalled for possible health risks

Anyone who has purchased these recalled products should dispose of them.
A Maine farmer inspects a crop of peas.
Homestead

Pesticide bill rejected by Legislative panel

A legislative committee unanimously voted against a controversial pesticide bill that would have removed the ability for municipalities to enact pesticide regulations that are stricter than the state’s.
Abby Freethy, the owner of Northwoods Gourmet Girl in Greenville. Freethy, has spent the past decade building her brand producing jams, ketchups, sauces, dessert toppings and more.
Homestead

Northwoods Gourmet Girl owner aims for ‘world condiment domination,’ after surviving cancer

The wisecracking, no-nonsense, gregarious Abby Freethy seems like a tough cookie when you meet her, but when she talks about what she went through in 2015, the emotion can’t help but well up.
Jackie Robinson has been looking into buying her parents farm, Leaves and Blooms Greenhouses in Dover-Foxcroft. Robinson has been running the farm for seven years, but she is unable to get a loan because of defaulting on her student loan payments. She is working on repaying her $20,000 student loan debt, but at this point she has very few options to keep the farm in the family.
Homestead

Student debt could cost this Maine family the farm

The 175 acres of forest and farmland that’s home to Leaves and Blooms Greenhouse on Route 15 has been in Jackie Robinson’s family for four generations. But because of the damage that defaulting on her student loan payments has done to Robinson’s credit, it’s uncertain whether the farm will continue in the family for a fifth generation.
Sam Blackstone of Circle B Farms prepares to go pick up the bean pot for a group lunch at an open house and apple class at his Caribou farm in May 2016.
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Caribou farm named northern Maine food aggregator for UMaine system

A major University of Maine system food service provider is partnering with Circle B Farms of Caribou to bring more locally grown food to four UMaine campuses.