Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

An older, wild apple tree can be seen on Aug. 30 at Rusty Metal Farm in Fort Kent. Northern Maine's landscape is dotted with these apple trees, and landowners can learn how to reclaim them and increase yields at Aroostook Apple Day.

Northern Maine growers plan a day devoted to all things apple

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 03, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
“Apples are definitely a growing crop in northern Maine,” Angie Wotton said. “There are a lot of old orchards up here that people are looking to reclaim.”
Winona Nicola, a member of the Penobscot Nation, has been out in North Dakota to join the Standing Rock Sioux protesting a proposed oil pipeline near tribal lands.

Members of Maine tribes taking part in North Dakota pipeline protest, and we should all care

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 01, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
Some members of Maine’s indigenous tribes are taking part in a months-long protest to block construction of an oil pipeline near the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux.

Snorkeling between continents

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 4:27 p.m.

Federal farm assistance programs changing to meet needs of new growers

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 25, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
“A lot of them are not really aware of our office or what we can do. We want to help them absorb as much information and get as much help as they can.”
Natasha the cat was more than happy to socialize a bit with the chipmunk she had recently brought into the house in Fort Kent. Meanwhile, Bangor Daily News columnist Julia Bayly scrambled to evict the rodent and place him back into the wild on Rusty Metal Farm.

I tolerate felines, but I will never be a cat person

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Dog people and cat people.
Among the conditions that can impact honeybee colonies is European foulbrood. The disease is treatable, but after Jan. 1, beekeepers will need a prescription from a licensed veterinarian to purchase what is now the over-the-counter antibiotic.

FDA policy changes may turn Maine veterinarians into beekeepers

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
As of the first of the year, beekeepers — including the roughly 1,200 in Maine — will no longer have access to certain over-the-counter antibiotics used to treat the condition known as European foulbrood, and are going to need prescriptions for the drug from a licensed veterinarian.
Riders prepare to take off on last year's Tour de Farms at the The Morris Farm in Wiscasset. This year's event begins Sept. 10 and takes cyclists through the rolling hills of midcoast Maine farm country.

Registration open for annual mid coast Tour de Farms bike trek

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 17, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
The folks at The Morris Farm in Wiscasset are hosting their 17th annual Tour de Farms on Sept. 10, where riders can enjoy some cycling and some gorgeous fall scenery and sample local farm products.

I ate a puffin, and I liked it

on Aug. 15, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Among the poutine-of-the-week selections at The Voyageur Lounge in Madawaska is beef stew poutine, a combination of chunks of beef, carrots and peas in gravy over cheese curds and steak fries, seen Feb. 16, 2016.

Cheese, fries, gravy: Poutine Palooza coming to The County

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 09, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
An homage to all things poutine — the traditional Quebecois delicacy of french-fried potatoes covered in gravy and cheese curds — Poutine Palooza is taking place around Madawaska, with organizers hoping it boosts festival attendance.
Fort Kent woodlot owner Larry Guimond prepares for a day tending his land.

Small woodlot owners a powerful force for future of Maine’s forests

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 05, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
“For me it’s not about how many trees I’ve cut or what kind of profit I see when I’m done [but] what the land looks like when I am finished on it,” small woodlot owner Larry Guimond said.
The flock of Golden Campines on Rusty Metal Farm know there is safety in numbers.

Increased chicken tensions a sign of the times on Rusty Metal Farm

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 04, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Whatever chicken chaos is coming, the signs are there.

How a federal soil bank program in Maine helped preserve farmland for decades

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 02, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
Thanks to the Conservation Reserve Program the land that was in the program is not only available to current and future farmers, it’s a lot healthier after laying fallow for 10 to 15 years, the life of the average CRP contract.

Couple gambles on beef cattle in northern Maine

on Aug. 02, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Erin Parisien and her husband Richard Nielsen have gone all in, raising and selling beef cattle in northern Maine, and they’re betting the area’s appetite for locally produced beef will pay off.
Undercover footage shows alleged inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns at Hillandale Farms, New England’s largest egg producer, which operates a facility in Turner, Maine.

Maine egg production facility not among those going cage-free

By Julia Bayly on July 28, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
While one of the country’s leading egg suppliers has announced a plan to transition to “cage-free” systems, the company won’t be making changes to its facility in Maine — the same facility that was the focus of an undercover filming operation alleging animal cruelty there.
Erin Parisien looks over her herd of Black Angus beef cattle at Aroostook Beef Co. with some on the ground help from one of her chickens.

Couple gambles on beef cattle in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on July 26, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
Erin Parisien has the heart and soul of a gambler. Now she and her husband, Richard Nielsen, have gone all in, raising and selling beef cattle in northern Maine, and they’re betting the area’s appetite for locally produced beef will pay off.
Julia Bayly

Phaser set on stun cleared my vision

By Julia Bayly on July 21, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
Julia Bayly: I’ll be the first to admit the idea of someone firing a laser in my eyes like Captain Kirk shooting a phaser at a Romulan gave me the chills, but after talking to numerous people who have had it done, I talked to my own eye doctor in Fort Kent about it.
People ride their bicycles along Route 1 in Stockton Springs on Monday.

When it comes to sharing the road, cyclists and motorists can be at odds

By Julia Bayly on July 21, 2016, at 11:20 a.m.
Bicycle shop owner John Grenier believes there is a perception on the part of some drivers that cyclists are out on the road “playing” on their “toys,” when in fact many are using their bikes as a major form of transportation to and from work or school.
Penobscot artist Christiana Becker leafs through her portfolio of wood block prints.

UMaine student uses art to highlight cultural history, issues

By Julia Bayly on July 20, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
“I want people to understand the meaning behind the art.”

Fort Kent Squares still dancing

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2016, at 12:33 p.m.
Costumes and other items used in the St. John Valley's Square Dance heyday are on display at the Fort Kent Historical Society. The exhibit officially opens Saturday with a reception.

Hip to be square: Maine dancers do-si-do through history in exhibit

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2016, at 12:27 p.m.
The squares were well-organized, with manuals describing the dance steps, a regular newsletter and a series of badges awarded for various square dancing feats and accomplishments.