Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

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JULIA BAYLY
Julia Bayly.

Critter-sitting at Rusty Metal Farm is not for the faint of heart

By Julia Bayly on June 23, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
Anyone with pets or livestock knows the planning involved when leaving them for any period of time.
Bradley Theriault inspects one of the two greenhouses with his son Konnor Martin on Theriault All Natural Farms in Fort Kent. Theriault runs the organic farm with Aurora Jerkins and decided not to renew their MOFGA certification this year.

Why some Maine farmers say organic certification is worth the effort

By Julia Bayly on June 23, 2016, at 10 a.m.
“There is a customer base in Maine for whom being certified is a pretty big deal. For us to be competitive, we really need to have it.”
A deer admires Jill Carter's basil plants in her Beaver Cove garden in this recent photo.

Maine wildlife not always a gardener’s best friend

By Julia Bayly on June 20, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
To keep the burrowing animals at bay, Dill suggests keeping the area around the garden mowed and free of long grass, as they tend to avoid open areas.
Dinner is served to Maizy, Sophie and Loki. Christine Dupuis feeds the dogs a raw-food diet of ground meat, vegetables and fruit. "I find the dogs do so much better on the raw diet," Dupuis said. "They have shinier coats, better health [and] fewer visits to the vets."

For some pet owners, there is no quibble that raw beats kibble

By Julia Bayly on June 18, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
It’s not quite the paleo diet, but “raw feeding” is gaining in popularity among pet owners looking for what they believe are healthier and more natural options.
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About 33 bison roam the 50 acres on June 5 on Tatonka Spirit Ranch in Smyrna.

These northern Mainers are raising bison for meat

By Julia Bayly on June 17, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
There’s a lot to love about raising bison for meat, according to Linda White.

Bison in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on June 17, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
Bison are raised for food on Tatonka Farm in Smyrna.

‘They’re cheap to keep': Golden Campine chickens a heritage breed favored by Caesar

By Julia Bayly on June 10, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
Montville couple John Twomey and Leigh Norcott raise heritage breed chickens on their Montville farm.
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John Twomey and his partner, Leigh Norcott, coax their chickens closer with some feed at their Montville homestead on Friday. They raise Golden Campine chickens, an endangered heritage egg-laying breed that has been around for about 1,000 years.

Sharing the good life with chickens favored by Caesar

By Julia Bayly on June 10, 2016, at 3:27 p.m.
It is believed that Julius Caesar was as impressed by the hardy little birds as John Twomey was and took some back to Rome after he invaded Belgium.
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Baloo the malamute was more than happy to pose for a photo with Julia Bayly.

You think you have angst? Meet the dogs of Paris

By Julia Bayly on June 09, 2016, at 3:35 p.m.
“They reek of existential angst,” Julia Bayly writes of the dogs in Paris.
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Newly released 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.

State to investigate Maine egg facility in wake of video, says eggs are safe to eat

By Julia Bayly on June 09, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
There have been no prior reports of food safety violations at a southern Maine egg facility that was the subject of a recent Humane Society of the United States undercover operation facility, according to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
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Newly released 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.

Video shows rotting chickens, inhumane conditions at Maine egg facility

By Julia Bayly on June 07, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
“Some of the animals looked like had been dead for months,” Paul Shapiro said. “It’s hard to imagine what it must be like for them.”
Houlton Farms Dairy products include butter and a variety of milks.

Houlton Farms Dairy customers melting down during butter shortage

By Julia Bayly on June 07, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
Houlton Farms Dairy has suspended its butter-making operations until this fall, and that has butter-loving fans scrambling as supplies melt away.
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Chuck Lakin of Waterville stands in his basement with a selection of wooden coffins he made on site. Lakin, a retired reference librarian, also teaches others how to build their own coffins and lectures about “natural burials.”

When it comes to the afterlife, the heavens are literally the limits

By Julia Bayly on June 03, 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
From simple do-it-yourself in-home funerals to elaborate and highly personalized pyrotechnic displays, send-offs for the dearly departed are no longer one-size-fits-all affairs.
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Savour Chocolatier chocolates sit on a plate in owner Kim Dagher's Veazie kitchen.

UMaine study shows chocolate is brain food

By Julia Bayly on May 31, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
It’s not that University of Maine Professor Dr. Merrill Elias is saying eating chocolate is going to boost anyone’s IQ, but it sure can’t hurt.
Bob Lombardo hits the Orono Trails behind the tech park with his fixed-gear bike.

How good nutrition helps bicyclists keep pedaling as they age

By Julia Bayly on May 26, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
Any serious bicyclist knows, nutritional choices can make or break a ride. Those nutritional needs change as people age, especially after age 50.
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Liz Crawford of Boone, North Carolina, relaxes in a hammock at Lon Cameron's tiny house Airbnb.

How to try tiny house living in Maine without the commitment

By Julia Bayly on May 24, 2016, at 6:04 a.m.
When it comes to the great American dream of owning a home, some people are thinking smaller is better. But is it for everyone?
Rare is the weed that escapes Adam Morine's attention. The 13-year-old from St. Francis sells fresh produce and eggs throughout the summer season from his Adam's Lunch Box and Greenhouse.

Teen with autism turns love of gardening, nutrition into growing business

By Julia Bayly on May 18, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
At 13-years-old, Adam Jandreau may well be among Maine’s youngest entrepreneurs.
Joseph Gervais (right), executive chef at the soon-to-open Northern Maine Brewing Co., talks beer with master brewer Vincent Fleck, designer of the brewing equipment used to create the uniquely Aroostook County craft beers.

Aroostook County craft brewery will open taps this summer

By Julia Bayly on May 16, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
There’s something new brewing in Aroostook County. The opening of the first craft brewery in Caribou is on tap, and the beer is scheduled to pour in mid-June.
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Corky the Shusky was pretty in pink after a spa day last year.

Spring means spa time for Rusty Metal critters

By Julia Bayly on May 12, 2016, at 10:12 a.m.
Julia Bayly: For yours truly, the line for any spa day experience begins behind at least two sled dogs and one chicken.
Among the first flowers to bloom in the spring, dandelions are important food sources for Maine's pollinators, including honey bees.

‘Everything tastes better with lard’ — even this weed

By Julia Bayly on May 12, 2016, at 7:45 a.m.
The humble yellow flower is starting to make a comeback, with people familiarizing themselves with the plant’s medicinal and culinary characteristics.