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High school senior Franci Bliss, 17, of Portland is a certified doula who has assisted in around 15 births since August.
POLL QUESTION

17-year-old finds passion for birthwork while becoming a doula

Regardless where the future takes her, helping others will be at the center of her plans.
Three roosting chickens are the focus of the 2017 Common Ground Country Fair poster, which was released by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association this week.
Homestead

Maine association unveils 2017 Common Ground Country Fair poster

The poster represents the 41st annual Common Ground Country Fair, which will be be held Sept. 22 through Sept. 24.
Bangor artist Hannah Kreitzer of Hallowbone said that art is how she makes sense of things and is a language that co
Homestead

Sense of wonder flows through Bangor artist’s creations

She finds inspiration in archaeology, ancient history, ecology, music, scavenger animals and outer space.
Visitors and vendors can be seen during the annual State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center in this January 2011 file photo.
Homestead

LePage: Maine agriculture ‘can become a major industry, not just a boutique industry’

“Where [farmers] are all spread out on the landscape during the growing season and the busy time of the year, I think the [trades show] is a good time to get everyone together.”
Former United States Navy SEAL Robert Foley, who runs Operation Veteran Wellness, which uses horses to help military veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues after they leave the military, is one of 15 farming veterans featured in the new Maine series &quotGrowing Home."
Homestead

‘Some really inspiring stories’: New Maine series looks at veterans down on the farms

“Growing Home” will air the first of 13 30-minute episodes at 11 a.m. Sunday
Homestead

Collaboration brings midcoast students a community-oriented garden project

“I see this space as a way to connect the students to their community, thinking in terms of what to grow there in regards to what the community needs.”
PAJAMAS, BOOKS, AND CHICKENS

It’s January in Maine: Time to plan your garden

A tub of fresh butter is seen on Friday at Rollins Orchard in Garland. Rollins Orchard began making butter in 2015.
VIDEO

For quality small-batch butter, try churning it at home

“We use the slow traditional process to give [the butter] better flavor. It gives it a more buttery flavor.”
THE BEE WHISPERER

Keeping bees is a great New Year’s resolution

The snow is really piling up on Rusty Metal Farm. Could 2017 be another record-breaking year?
JULIA BAYLY

How to survive a Maine winter? With plenty of friends

“Welcome to winter 2017 on Rusty Metal Farm, where it’s shaping up to be a banner season and the only reason I am not filing a change-of-address form to The Bahamas is — as so often the case — thanks to my neighbors and friends.”
Nanne Kennedy walks through her pastures looking for her sheep to run them back to the barn for the evening at her farm in Washington, Maine, in this August 2016 file photo.
Homestead

Calling all farmers for the 2017 USDA census of agriculture

Are you a farmer? If you are, even on a tiny scale, it’s a safe bet that the United States Department of Agriculture is looking for you.