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Evan Gerbi, 5, points out places on a map of Maine at his home in Orono. The Gerbi family homeschools their four children and practices &quotun-schooling," where they don't follow a curriculum, but rather look at teaching as learning through life and experiences.
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As the school year approaches, homeschoolers opt for a more tailored education

In Maine, about 5,400 children are homeschooled by a parent or guardian, according to the latest statistics from the Maine Department of Education.
Three-week-old Rainey is the newest addition to the hurd at the Blue Alpaca Ranch in Belfast.
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Alpaca farm welcomes newest arrival, baby Rainey

Rainey, the newest resident of the Blue Alpaca Ranch on the outskirts of Belfast, is a big-eyed, inquisitive, long-legged little guy who loves chasing chickens and looks a little like a stuffed animal.
An employee scoops ice cream into a cone at Gifford's Ice Cream stand in Bangor. Gifford's has had to cope with the rising cost of vanilla beans and vanilla extract.
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Vanilla price spike is hurting Maine ice cream companies

Two years ago, Kathy Chamberlain of Stone Fox Farm Creamery in Monroe was paying about $89 per gallon of vanilla extract, but now is paying about $400 per gallon.
The farm cafe at Balfour Farm owned by Heather Donahue and her husband Doug. They sell their dairy products at farmers markets and many menu items feature products from the farm as well.
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Old Maine farmhouse finds new life as farm-to-table cafe

Since purchasing Balfour Farm, the owners have envisioned the farmhouse being turned into a bed and breakfast. The cafe is the first step toward actualizing that vision.
A crown is affixed to a wild goat as it is crowned King Puck and set to be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin, Ireland August 10, 2017. You will never see this on Rusty Metal Farm.
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Rusty Metal Farm has always been, and will always be goat-free

Frankly, they creep me out.
PAJAMAS, BOOKS, AND CHICKENS

Backyard chickens: When you can’t have anything nice

I’m convinced one of the best decisions we ever made for our family was getting chickens and starting this whole homesteading thing. Our hens provide us with breakfast every morning and constant entertainment, but they also provide us with a sad back yard.