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maine rice project

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Wild Folk Farm in Benton, Maine is leading the way to rice paddie ecosystems in Maine. We are developing an educational, research and commercialized rice operation.  Currently there are no commercial rice growers in the state, and only a sprinkling of homesteading rice practices.  Most domestic rice farms in the United States are monocultures that rely heavily on fossil fuel-driven mechanized cultivation and harvesting processes, and chemical sprays and fertilizers.  Our proposed systems are ecologically beneficial and symbiotic, adaptable to otherwise inaccessible farmland (low-lying wet clay soils), void of chemical inputs, and after initial excavation of the paddy areas, non-reliant on fuel-driven tools and machines. Arsenic is not an issue in our rice.

Two years of results have already indicated higher yields, reduced input costs, and beautiful cultures.  In creating wetlands we have provided homes for many threatened species.  Like a fresh, local, heirloom tomato, our rice varieties are rich in flavor. However, it will take us additional capital and energy now to create the system, as well as time and research to figure out what methodologies and varieties work best in this region. Hence indiegogo!

Find out more information on the indiegogo page and support the project!


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the milkhouse creamery in maine is hiring!

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Part-Time Creamery Assistant

The Milkhouse is a certified organic creamery started in 2012 by Andy Smith and Caitlin Frame. It is located in South China at Two Loons Farm. We bottle raw organic Jersey milk and make whole milk yogurt, greek style yogurt and skim milk yogurt in various flavors. All of our dairy products are wholesaled to about 3 dozen accounts in central, mid coast and southern Maine. We also raise pigs, which we sell by the half and whole directly to customers.

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indigenous solidarity: decolonization, herb gardens, and free clinics

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How are herbalism, farming, and Indigenous struggles related? How is Maine connected to forced removal of the Dine people in Arizona? Why does Fireweed Herbals grow all these herbs to give them away to people they have never met? Come learn and discuss!

August Sender and Lroy Meryhew of the Stone Cabin Collective (Marshfield, Vt.) will present a slideshow and discuss the connections between the history of colonization in the northeastern and southwestern United States, focusing on the Black Mesa Reservation in Arizona. Focus will be on a free clinic on the reservation, an herb garden in Maine, and how all these struggles and support models are connected.

Bring seeds for a seed swap if you have any!
$10 suggested donation – none turned away

April 17th- MOFGA Library, Unity – 2pm
April 18th – Avena Botanicals, Rockport – 10am
April 19th – Belfast Free Library, Belfast – 6pm


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farm for sale in monmouth, maine

We got word from Nancy Chandler that her 50-acre farm in Monmouth, ME is up for sale. Here’s her listing:

I have a great opportunity for a new farmer to buy an established vegetable, berry, and/ or pastured livestock farm in Monmouth. This ex dairy farm would make a great meat goat, chicken, or sheep operation, with the possibility of more adjacent pasture or hay lands leased. It could also provide a quick startup for up to 10 acres of vegetable and row crop production, fruit trees or nursery plants. This is a great opportunity for experienced farmers who have access to capital for a 50 acre farm, with 10 acres of rock free, fertile hay or crop land, a 5 bedroom 2300 square foot  farmhouse, which includes 2 separate living areas, 3 dairy barns, 6 acre pasture, and 20 acres forest.  Chip and Nancy Chandler ran organically certified Phoenix  Farm from 2005 through 2013, growing berries, 4 acres of vegetables,  cover crops, hay, and cut flowers.We built a solar & wood heated greenhouse into the barn, and added a 70ft by 30 ft, 2 ply poly high tunnel. The farm is leased thru April to another organic farmer, who has put in 1 acre of fencing and pens for goats, built a walk in cooler, and kept the 4000 square foot dairy barn, and smaller hay barns in good repair.
To see my farm pictures and description, please go to  the Maine Farmlink listing, http://www.mainefarmlink.org/archives/8035. The farm address is 191 South Monmouth Rd, Monmouth, Me,  14 miles north of Lewiston/Auburn, the second biggest urban center in Maine, and 7 miles from the Maine turnpike, 1 hour to Portland. Please email me questions at NChandler51@comcast.net, or call(207)389-1474 to discuss this property.
 For 10 years on 4 acres I have brought the ph and soil fertility up to good levels, increased organic matter, reduced perennial grasses and annual weeds, and established high bush blueberries, elderberry, rhubarb, and raspberry plantings.  We have upgraded all essential house structure, heating, waste disposal and energy efficiency on the large farmhouse, and maintained the barns of this old dairy farm.
The soils are completely rock free, ph at 6 or above, organic matter 5 to 6%, and fertility highest on 3 1/2 acres of crop land, certified organic from 2005 thru 2012, with 6 hay acres that could yield productive row crops. Established raspberry plantings have yielded 400 pints per season, 15 elderberry bushes are prolific, and 30  high bush blueberry plants are coming into full production. I have implemented an NRCS  conservation plan to vegetate the stream bank, increase field nesting birds, prevent field erosion, improve soil fertility and stream quality, & increase pollinators. Seven acres of pasture are bordered by a great firewood lot, of 20 to 40 year old mixed hardwoods, pine, hemlock, and spruce. The house is energy efficient, with double pane windows, new roof,new interior and exterior paint, furnace and septic system, with all lead paint and asbestos insulation removed, and a 10 year old well.
The farm price is $245,000 without equipment, or $258,000 with a 15 year old TAFE tractor with front loader,  discs,  plow, chains, bean/corn seeder, and FarmAll C with two directional plows and weeding sweeps. Hand equipment includes a field mower, microseeder, and cover crop spreader.

Marketing opportunities include an established, full season 25 person CSA(40 in the past), farmer markets in Winthrop, Lewiston, Augusta, Bowdoinham and Brunswick, senior farmshare, 2 small Manchester stores, CSA at a doctors office in Augusta, and wholesale to schools, hospital, Crown of Maine, and Food and Medicine in Brewer.


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apply now for mofga organic certification

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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) offers local and affordable organic certification services through MOFGA Certification Services, LLC. The “MOFGA Certified Organic” logo is a widely recognized and time-honored symbol for Maine’s organic bounty. MOFGA Certification Services is a USDA-accredited organic certifier.

Those interested in seeking organic certification for crops, livestock or wild-crafted products should contact a staff person at MOFGA Certification Services today by phone (207-568-4142) or by email (certification@mofga.org) to request a certification application by mail. Application forms and information about organic certification are also available at www.mofgacertification.org.

The deadline for MOFGA to accept applications from crop and crop-related farm systems is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.


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maine grass farmers network 11th annual grazing conference

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March 21, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, Maine

The 11th Annual Grazing Conference of the Maine Grass Farmers Network (MFGN) will feature nationally recognized speakers as well as local and regional experts. This year the conference will address issues relevant to producers, with two keynote speakers.

A full schedule and link to registration can be found here.

Below is a summary of what each speaker will address:

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maine: course in the principles and practices of organic farming

A two-part course offered by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Organic Farming: Principles and Practice is designed to provide farmers with a strong background in soils, weeds and pest management, enabling them to make good management decisions. It is geared toward those who want to gain a greater understanding of the biology and ecology behind better soil, pest and disease management, weed management and hence better crops and healthier livestock.

The course will take place in Augusta, Maine on March 18th and 25th between 10 am and 3:30 pm.

Learn more about the course and register for it HERE.

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