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'An amazing, amazing food:' A Maine man's mission to preserve native flint corn

“This is not a commercial venture on my part. It’s a restoration of a staple food to this region that was just an amazing, amazing food.”
Cameron Croft (left), 14, and Donna Reitze (right), 17, move slabs of wood while Brian Fortie (second from left) holds a board so Alanna Thomas, 14, can screw it to the support to construct a raised garden bed for the Maple Street Community Garden in Brewer Saturday.
Homestead

Brewer green thumbs soon will have a community garden where they can plant their vegetables

Would-be gardeners who lack the necessary space soon will be able to plant their tomatoes, string beans, lettuce and other food in a new community garden being built at Maple Street Park.
Corn is seen in a field in Indiana on September 6, 2016.

Dangerous ‘vomitoxin’ found in some U.S. corn could sicken livestock, people

Maine Farmland Trust's popular Maine Fare event is returning after a yearlong break in the form of a monthlong series of hands-on field trips and workshops and not a two-day festival.
Homestead

Maine Fare reboot to include animal butchery, cider-making workshops

A year after the popular Maine Fare festival was put on ice, it’s being revived and rebooted by its organizers at the Maine Farmland Trust.
The Homeport Inn, a historic sea captain's house in Searsport, has a storied past.
Homestead

Searsport sea captain’s ornate home for sale, ghosts included

“Every night, about 2 in the morning, [my dog] Coop would start growling,” the property’s previous owner said. “He’d just growl until he started full-out barking. It just struck me as really odd that he would do that. It’s just really weird.”
Honeybees increase the yield of blueberries by 1,000 pounds of berries per hive per acre.
THE BEE WHISPERER

Keeping backyard hives benefits bees, humans

Most years, I send two to four hives to various small-scale, organic blueberry growers in the region to pollinate their fields. Generally, adding honey bees will increase the yield of blueberries by 1,000 pounds of berries per hive per acre.
Gray-New Gloucester Middle School teachers Morgan Kerr (left) and Stephanie Enaire (right) have been awarded the National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award.
Homestead

Two Maine teachers get national recognition for nature-based teaching methods

“It’s really important that students have an understanding of how the world works around them, and food and agriculture is just such a great way to bring them that understanding,” Morgan Kerr said.
Melinda Hellum, head chef at Waldo County General Hospital, looks to Robert Coombs, kitchen supervisor at Waldo County General Hospital, while peeling a bag of fresh beets at the Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. The kitchen staff at the hospital is working to bring the locavore, farm-to-table movement to an unusual place: the hospital cafeteria.
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Maine hospitals are bringing farm-to-table to patients

“Hospitals should be role models. We started seeking out farmers and training our cooks to use local foods.”
Krystin Noyes works on a watercolor paining below decks while her dog, Cirroc, roams around outside in Portland. Noyes spent the winter on the 36-foot boat at Dimillo's Marina with the dog, a cat and her boyfriend, Nate Taylor.
Homestead

Liveaboard life a draw for some hardy Mainers

“We’re not going back to land,” she said. “We want to encourage other people to be boat people, too.”
MADE IN MAINE

Maine artist’s intricate tie dye more art than craft

This isn’t your typical summer camp tie dye. Not even close.