Happy Thursday, Homesteaders!

Earlier this week, at a meeting of arts organizations, an interesting perspective was shared with me that I wanted to address. To paraphrase: Homestead is a very rural topic for our newspaper.

Trust me: It’s not.

That thought — something we’ve discussed several times through the course of developing and creating Homestead — isn’t how we see it. See, to us, Homestead isn’t necessarily about the family living off the grid in rural Maine, growing all their own food and tending to animals. Yes, that’s part of it and that’s a great story we’d love to tell. But Homestead isn’t exclusive to that lifestyle. It’s about living deliberately — whether you have a quarter acre in Bangor, dozens of acres in The County, a lakeside retreat in Cumberland County or a townhouse with no acres somewhere else.

Homestead is about using your resources wisely. It’s about living and eating well. It’s about being connected to the land. These are things you can do regardless of the home you live in or the amount (or lack) of property you have. It can be big things — like breathing new life into a barn (like the barns featured in our weekly barn series) — or small things — like using a series of plots to create your edible garden. It can be a close look at what farmers are doing to prepare for this growing season or understanding why eggs are different colors.

But rural? Sure, homesteads can be rural. But we’re looking at a greater concept here that’s applicable to so many of us. What do you think? I welcome your perspectives anytime.  Feel free to email me at scaron@bangordailynews.com.

Best wishes for living a good life,

Sarah Walker Caron

Senior Editor, Features

What’s happening in Homestead

How does a harsh winter like this past one impact the growing season? We talked to farmers and farm experts to find out. Check out Natalie Feulner’s article on the farm outlook for the growing season.

Inside a romantic barn in Buxton, couples are saying “I do,” and foodies are digging into creative pop-up dinners. But that barn wasn’t always a hot spot for events — it was delipidated and falling down before its new owners breathed new life into it. Read more about this barn in this week’s barn story feature by Kathleen Pierce.

Farm fresh eggs come in a variety of hues. But why are some eggs shades of blues, browns and other colors? Find out in Kathleen Pierce’s look at farm fresh eggs.

Just for fun

What’s coming

The next issue of Homestead will look at dangers to free-range chickens as well as how some folks are raising chickens in urban settings. Also, stay tuned for details on an interesting art exhibit in Bangor using recycled wood.


Sarah Walker Caron

Sarah Walker Caron is the senior editor, features, for the Bangor Daily News and the editor of Bangor Metro magazine. She’s the author of “Classic Diners of Maine,” and five cookbooks including “Easy...