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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Maine artist’s intricate tie dye more art than craft

This isn’t your typical summer camp tie dye. Not even close.
A sure sign of spring in Maine is the annual appearance of bump or frost heave warning signs.

Spring in Maine means frost heaves in the roads

Call them what you want, “frost heaves,” are the seasonal bane of every Maine driver.
Lauren Dehlinger, of Cushing, commonly barters eggs from her chickens for other goods and services she is in need of.

For Mainers, bartering isn’t just convenient, it’s tradition

“[Bartering] has brought a lot of people into our life. It’s not just saving money it’s making new connections with people that make the same lifestyle that we do.”

So are eggs good or bad for you?

I grew up in the “eggs are bad for you” era, and it’s hard to get that out of my mind. Of course, as with most nutritionist trends, we later found out that eggs were not horrible. Still, I’ve been left with the question: How good for you are eggs, and how many can I eat a day?
The woods around Rusty Metal Farm look like something out of a novel set on the British moors these days. But optimism is running high -- spring is on the way.

The horror that is spring in northern Maine

Were I to post photos of the current conditions surrounding my house they would be monochromatic images of mud, giant snow banks and trees with nary a leaf bud in sight.

Baby chicks are adorable, but they could make you sick


Lawmaker still wants to regulate foraging but drops support for wild picker law

Sen. Tom Saviello said that after reviewing state laws already on the books and learning that such harvesting already is largely prohibited, he decided that there is no need for another law.