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Durable, practical Maine art for your muddy boots

Winterport floorcloth maker Addie Peet takes raw canvas and turns it into art for your feet. Muddy boots welcome — and wet dogs, too.
Dixie Shaw, director of hunger and relief services for Catholic Charities Maine, takes a break from planting Farm for ME crops in Caribou last spring.

Program for feeding those food insecure in Aroostook reaps national attention

Dixie Shaw has a vision for feeding the hungry in Aroostook County, and her success has received national attention.
A dairy cow chews on grain in a barn at Keene Dairy Farm Belfast on Tuesday. Karagen Stone recently received a fairly unusual certification. Stone has her certification to artificially inseminate cows.

Why this Belfast teen learned the fine art of inseminating dairy cows

Karagen Stone, a three-sport athlete who doesn’t lack for confidence, said she’d like to tell other teenage girls that they shouldn’t limit their dreams based on what’s expected of them. “Girls can get dirty,” she said. “If there’s something you want to do, do it.”
A customer shops for fresh produce at the Portland Farmers' Market in this November 2013 file photo.

New USM food studies program taking an interdisciplinary look at food systems

The questions surrounding food systems come from a variety of different angles. As food makes its way from soil to mouth, the issues that it intersects with are scientific, environmental, social, economic and political.

Will you be gardening this year?

Tea Maineia co-owner Dan Holmes pours a cup of freshly brewed Wild Blueberry tea at his shop on Maine Street in Winterport.

Winterport couple puts the kettle on for fragrant brews at Tea Maineia

Since opening the retail shop in 2013 the couple has been surprised to see just how many Mainers are passionate about tea. They regularly get customers who travel from as far away as Millinocket and Ellsworth just to buy tea.

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Snowstorms are much more fun when you don’t drive in them

Annie Stillwater Gray is the host of the General Store Variety Show in the studio of the Skowhegan-based radio station WXNZ.

Northern Exposure, Maine-style: Solon woman creates world for weekly radio show

“I like people to feel like they’re escaping, when they come to the general store.”

Rockland city council stops short of passing food sovereignty ordinance

Eighteen municipalities across Maine have already adopted food sovereignty ordinances.
A man makes his way down Hammond street during a snowstorm on Monday in Bangor. The recent snowfall could bring some relief to the drought which has persisted for much of the last year.

Winter weather on track to soothe ongoing drought conditions

“In order to really see how well it eases the drought, we have to see … how quickly it melts.”
Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson now serves as Maine Farmland Trust's Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, where four artists each spent a month last summer completing an art residency.

Maine Farmland Trust artist residency program promotes agriculture through visual arts

“Farmers are makers, and artists are makers, and they seem to have a lot of shared passion for our rural environments and heritage here in Maine.”