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Kids play after lunch at the Bangor Housing Authority Community Center Monday. The center started offering the summer lunch program to kids four years ago, and they also offer free transportation.
Homestead

School might be out for summer, but hunger never takes a break

Statewide, 45 percent of students in public school qualify to received free and reduced lunches, according to the most recent Maine Department of Education statistics.
Acres of barley in Mapleton, Aug. 8, 2016.
Homestead

10 myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

Next time you’re at the grocery store, consider these 10 modern myths about the most ancient occupation.
Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor marijuana plantation of a marijuana smokers club in Uruguay.
POLL QUESTION

How to grow marijuana now that it’s legal in Maine

A resident must be 21-years-old to grow marijuana for his or her personal use and can possess no more than 12 immature plants and six flowering plants.
Seven miniature donkeys will soon be up for adoption at the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals in Windham.
Homestead

Seven mini donkeys rescued in Maine could soon be yours

“They’re painfully cute.”
Rusty Metal Farm visitor Tempeste Boivin, 6, shares some leftover pizza with the resident flock of hens.
JULIA BAYLY

Yes, the Rusty Metal Farm hens are junk food junkies

To hear my friends tell it, the Rusty Metal Farm chickens are among the most spoiled and pampered on the planet.
An Etna-Dixmont Elementary School Pre-kindergarten student holds a corn seedling before planting it in the school's vegetable garden recently.
Homestead

How gardening can help build healthier, happier kids

Admittedly, gardening with kids isn’t always idyllic. But even when it’s chaotic, it can be tremendously beneficial.
Giant hogweed is a type of noxious weed that can grow to more than 12 feet in height and has large, white flowers. Imported to the United States as an ornamental plant, hogweed oozes sap that can cause severe burns, blisters and even permanent scars. There are about 20 sites in Maine, many of them in the Bar Harbor area due to the plant's use in estate gardens.
POLL QUESTION

Beware of the beautiful weed that can cause blindness, burns

“It’s really pretty, but it’s extremely dangerous. You have to almost be in a hazmat suit [to be around it] because the sap on it is so dangerous.”
HOUSEWIFE PLUS

The truth about going back to work after having a baby

Jesse Lupo founded Trident Stills in Etna in 2009. Lupo, a welder and fabricator with a longtime passion for the process of distilling alcohol. His custom stills are used in distilleries around the state and the country.
Homestead

Maine company makes name for itself in distillery stills

Although moonshine, the clear, unaged whiskey, is now legally sold in the United States, the art of making moonshine, or illicit, high-proof spirits, plays an outsized role in mountain lore and American history.