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Vol 2 No 4 Fall Issue 2010

State fairs 2010 photographs inside _

Summer 2010 - Amish hay, stack and dry. Sharon Green picture, Easton, Maine, Aroostook

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Water specialists at the university and in private industry have cited this as an extra dry year for precip but not a complete drought year as some imagine. Clear Water Laboratory in Newport cited reports from testing they normally do for farmers and home owners over the course of the year as testing out relatively dryer than normal but it was not a full drought year. “A lot of areas are worse than others”, said Marc Hein. Aroostook for instance had areas in the crown of Maine that were pleasantly warm and excellent growing weather mixed with good rains. Crops are expected to be excellent there. That fact is also proven in hay coming out of southern Aroostook that is excellent. Hardly falling into the category of “Aroostook Hay” the type of hay too busy potato farmers put up later in the season when spud planting delays getting in good June crops. The hay season this year has been extended by earlier spring grass grow-

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No predictions for weather this good this season were possible. As is the case with Skowhegan Fair, one day of rain did happen traditionally and also at Union Fair but many were without poor weather all summer long. Attendance was up at most fairs giving fair associations a boost in earnings and helping farmers with premiums for bringing in animals and equipment. The usual midways were great fun for kids and entertainment shows among the best in recent years. The advent of the digital camera has improved the photography entrants 100% with the example above shown at Piscataquis Valley Fair. Other photos are shown within our pages.

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ing temperatures and sun to Maine farmer linked to causes make for a bumper crop. Hardly the case last year when June rains caused shortages statewide. Things Some 1500 cases of salmonella were recorded in numerous states in September along the coast are made dif- prompting the FDA to close chicken farm operations by two farmers in Iowa at various ficult regardless due to ocean facilities and was the cause of a recall of half a billion eggs delivered in almost half of all Water Supply US states. Listed causes for farm closings were rodents, wild birds, bugs and holes in the walls of chicken houses, some of which allowed manure to exit the buildings. Escaped chickens tracking manure over feed, wildlife entering and exiting chicken houses, mice, live flies, workers Lack of ample locally calls in 22 states of millions fore Congress to address working without changing produced feed contributed of eggs and chickens. the seriousness of the clothing on a scheduled bato Maine’s demise in brown DeCoster’s ownership of charges filed in courts in sis, wild birds flying in and egg production years back. rat infested feed mills is many states. A formula of out of hen houses, manure And now, the poor quality said to be one cause for the industrial agriculture with too deep in houses, maggots, of feed in Iowa and other food poison nationwide. ample fodder and intense manure in and outside of states has led Maine pro- Austin “Jack” Decoster has food production will equal buildings were also noted as ducer Jack DeCoster to be been the poster boy for a excellent food production violations for actions taken ridiculed by national media bad egg business in Maine is only as good as the care against the farmers. for salmonella in eggs and and other states for years taken to rear such livestock chicken production with re- now and he was called be- of any kind. A simple irony.

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mists and dampness in the air keeping fields wetter longer in a given day - a traditional problem over much of the coastal regions. The end result is extra tedding to turn over and dry hay much longer than other areas have to do in baling. Regarding the levels of water supply one local homeowner with a dug well encased in cement tile - a normal ten foot deep well was measured in mid August and showed 4 feet lost, or just 6 feet remained useful to the household supply.

That is a significant loss or 40 percent of total average supply for that homestead. Some livestock farmers short of grazing land in Central Maine were compelled to feed out hay when fields burned up. An influx of growth in late August brought back some grass in time for flushing for livestock breeding seasons.

Skowhegan Fair honors Seavey

Janet & Bill Seavey of Windsor are well known to sheep people throughout Maine. Janet as a mentor to dozens of young people for many years. Due to this fact and Janet’s terminal illness, Skowhegan Fair chose to name her to their lifetime livestock achievement award roll of honor at the fair this year. Getting her award, many tears and laughter were expressed for a life well spent in A bountiful corn feld in central Maine. agriculture and her Many consumers ate excellent corn quality of life, through to the end of September prior also well shared to the first frost. with friends.

Common to many Maine towns in the past, local dairy farms put milk into containers and delivered them to homes, 7 days a week. At the start, tin containers, then glass bottles and eventually many dairies used cardboard cartons. The Bordeaux Dairy began in 1882 on Somes Sound, Mt. Desert. It remained in the same family until it was purchased by an employee, John Fernald, who later sold it to Grant’s Dairy in 1987. The Bordeaux Dairy was the largest on Mt. Desert Island and this wagon is at the Bangor museum established by Galen Cole. The museum is full of hundreds of things.

Youth Development Center into Agricultural training Photos by Emily Adams from Penquis Review For many years before expansion of the youth center at Charleston, seasonal produce and livestock meats were purchased by the state locally for feeding inmates. In recent years produce has been produced there as well. Emily Adams caught up with Ron Perry, pictured, at Piscataquis Valley Fair, where the center competes for ribbons on behalf of the youth housed there with green thumbs.

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Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District named a Charleston family to the 2009 honor as the district Conservation Cooperator of the year for that farm’s use of environmental incentives to improve operations at the 809 acre farm. With 600 acres forested, the remaining 209 acres are wisely used to care for 550 Holstein cows that have 289 milkers. Dick and Melvina Perkins run AlfalaSlopes Farm and sell milk to Dairy Farmers of America Coop. Through a land preservation program, the Perkins have recently increased this acreage to 1,400 acres with help from the Maine Farmland Trust. Perkins is leasing 660 additional acres, 300 in trees with 230 acres tillable for three years with purchase option. Exercising this purchase, this new land is guaranteed to remain in farmland. Three generations help at the farm. Son Aaron and daughter Nicole with Nicole’s husband and five employees full time and additional part time workers. The larger farm is modern and traditional in its approach. A conservation plan, nutrient management, GPS fertilizer/pesticide application by need and com- Fred Arledge of Littleton is a member of the two sheep puterized milking parlor/ID groups in Maine, The Maine Sheep Breeders’ Association record keeping are likewise (MSBA) and Central Maine Sheep Producers (CMS). He matched by energy audit to chose to pool with Central Maine Sheep this year, his 384 make energy conservation pounds of largely colored Romney wool that was sold under Efficiency Maine with the groups’ cache of 1800 pounds to Briggs and Little possible through such equip- Wool Mill of Harvey Station, New Brunswick as each ment that allows freon from producer cleared 62 cents per pound after transportation milk cooling to also preheat and money exchange across the border. Maine Sheep furnace water followed with producers brought in some 5-7,000 pounds of wool at their plate cooling water diverted earlier pool and sold it to several specialty wool buyers for to troughs for the cows. All higher prices and a remaining lesser quality wool being cooling condenser heat is sold to Bartlettyarns of Harmony at under 45 cents per pumped back into the milk pound. Wool purchased at Bartlett following the wool parlor to slow the restarting pools only garnered 35 cents per pound this year and the of the furnace in winter. advantage of joining with other sheep producers at wool Numerous improvements to pool time is evident. MSBA holds their pool at the Fiber watershed runoff conserva- Festival in spring and CMS holds their pool at the fairtion, heavy use areas, ma- grounds site in Dover-Foxcroft the 3rd weekend in July.

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Sweetgrass on DVD - The film recounting the last sheep drive by Big Timber's Allestad family into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness has been released in DVD. "Sweetgrass: The Last Ride of the American Cowboy" is a documentary film by the husband and wife team of Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash. The DVD can be found on Amazon for $30 or less. Special showings of the film were made around the United States and at international film festivals this winter after the film debuted. The documentary received critical acclaim for its cinematography and realistic portrayal of ranching life. Cornell Animal Science Department and the NYS 4-H Department are developing a website to increase pre-college students’ awareness of careers within the Animal Industry. Many middle school and high school students have misconceptions about what the field of animal science entails and we hope to provide a tool that can guide them on their career exploration path. You can view a prototype of this project at: http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/animal_industry/ . National Institute of Agronomic Research of France (INRA in French), the same Institute that put up the extremely successful selection scheme of the Lacaune sheep breed, now has 100% working genomic research ongoing to find markers for milk production, as well as fat and protein. It will take a few years before having some very concrete results. - from Yves M. Berger University of Wisconsin-Madison Spooner Ag. Research Station Phone: 715/635-3735 This augurs well for milk sheep producers here in Maine as such data, when finally applied to those East Friesian sheep here in the region can speed the blood testing of pureness to broods and rams now living in Maine. The House Agriculture Committee passed the Veterinary Services Investment Act in mid September. This bill would establish a competitive grant program at USDA to support efforts to increase access to veterinary care in underserved areas. “Rural areas are facing a critical and growing shortage of large animal veterinarians. These veterinarians are the first lines of defense against animal disease and a crucial player in ensuring the safety of our food. This bill will encourage veterinarians to serve these areas where their skills are needed," said the Ag Committee. The Veterinary Services Investment Act now moves to the Senate for consideration. Contact Maine’s Senators Snowe and Collins on this and the following pending legislation in Congress soon. Report Notes Job Losses If Estate Tax Returns - A new study by the American Family Business Foundation indicates that as many as 1.5 million additional jobs could be lost if Congress allows the Federal Estate Tax to return next year. Under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA), the estate tax expired at the end of 2009 but will return in 2011 at a rate of 55 percent on all assets over one-million dollars. The study concludes that if the estate tax were reinstituted at a 65 percent rate, more than 1.6 million jobs would be lost. If Congress takes no action and the estate tax returns to the pre-EGTRRA rate of 55 percent, between 1.4-million and 1.5-million jobs would be lost. Numerous national agricultural organizations have asked for Senate support in passing permanent and meaningful estate tax relief legislation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released $1,376,054 in emergency contingency funding this month to help low-income homeowners and renters meet their home energy needs though the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This funding is in addition to the more than $59 million that was allocated for Maine for Fiscal Year 2010 and will help hard-working families and seniors heat their homes during the winter months ahead. Readers needing such help are encouraged to contact their town office for information to meet the criteria for such assistance.

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Food for thought “ Our agricultural system has become broken to the point where the opportunity to serve in uniform is more promising than the opportunity to serve your country food.” - Attributed to Grist Magazine, A beacon in the smog.

We came across this quote electronically and loved it. Coming as a former veteran and modern agriculturalist, the real meat and potatoes of this century, we hope, is set upon the commonality we all share with eking a better life. The Maine Department of Agriculture has a pet phrase we also like, “Get Real, Get Maine”. It speaks volumes. Just what is broken? Our attitudes or our facts?

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The challenges of farming as anyone knows who partakes in that career is not just weather, markets, the economy, it is also food Responses: Summer Issue security. I wonder if folks remember a rift betwixt the Brits and w/ editorial comment was the first Argentina in the last decade. Not the Falklands, but the banana time I hadToday the opportunity to backlash of certain South American vs British interests in the lowly read your newspaper and I banana. It (bananas) is so easy to infect whole societies so simply and found it very informative. cause plague, famine. This is not to couch fear in the banana, only to However, I was disappointed to see the joke entitake the example and bring it down to earth. We need to get better, tled Amish Wisdom which Maine and America, in all things. This is not to say that the USA and stereotyped Muslims. When Canada are not the world’s breadbasket and that we do not feed the I read a joke about a race or I substitute my own world at every opportunity, only to say that we can get better. We can religion, and it no longer is funny to do even more to provide even better food and everyone knows it. It me; only hurtful. I checked starts right in your own back yard. Lack a yard: your window sill, the the web and learned that one every five humans on city roof, in among some flowers on the south patch of lawn. I hate in earth is Muslim. In the dirt farming but I like to eat. United States, there are They say the dirt, the loam, in the Ukraine is among the deepest richest patch of good ground Europe has. It is highly underused and does not do what it should to help feed the middle east, eastern Europe etc. These things have to change. As a sheep farmer with easy maintenance food on the field day in and day out, perhaps it seems tawdry to knock other farmers and farming as a career choice but it is something anyone can learn and profit from by not just filling a gut, we only wish we discovered it sooner. WGS

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The boss got me out of bed last week and wanted to know if I wanted to ride with him up to the county. “Are you bugging me?” I didn’t take long to scrub down and grab a couple Buds knowing he’d stop at Dunkin and I’d have a paper bag. So I was all set. It wasn’t too far up and we redid the Patten run of paper drop offs. He said he forgot the hardware store last trip so he ran in for that and we drove by the Logging Museum and found out there was bean hole bean supper the next Saturday so we both hit the same note saying that should be a hoot, toot. Figured he’d hit that this year. There is something about Finch Hill no matter which side of the road you slow down to view. Just mother earth’s magical treats. I’ve seen it many times in my early days as a hunter gatherer so I guess with the dry July, we may have a poor leaf peep this year....folks smart enough among the living ought to take Finch Road sometime to hit Patten town for the fun of it. North view of Pamola bass ackwards, sure makes the north view of the crown of Maine a working stiff’s reason for living a done deal.

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about ten million Muslims. Not all are extremists. Most are ordinary people living their lives as best they can. I assume you intended no harm when you published this joke and I will continue to read your newspaper. Just want to remind you of the effect of stereotyping. It has a negative connotation for me and many others as well. - Judy Cirillo

This letter is in regard to “Amish Wisdom,” in the LETTERS section of your summer issue. I enjoy reading your newspaper, so I was surprised to see such an ugly “joke” making fun of Muslims. Would you be so willing to publish a “joke” about stingy Jews or pedophile Catholic priests or lecherous Mormons with multiple wives? I’m sure the Amish do not appreciate being portrayed as bigots in the same issue where they are promoting their new store in Unity. Lastly, the Muslim community buys a significant amount of goats and sheep from small local farmers in New England and bigoted jokes on their behalf certainly does not create an atmosphere where they would feel welcome in Maine or particularly inclined to do business with people who think it is funny to encourage them to drink out of feces laden water.

Seriously, cut out the bigotry – you have a wonderful publication that I look forward to reading each issue. Bigotry is ugly and ignorant and the guy who sent the joke “John in Sacramento” can keep his humor on the west coast. - Jessica Masse Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else, said Will Rogers, quite some time ago.

Levity - portal 911 has a short fuse these days. Mainely Agriculture came across a different sort of joke and published iit last issue and one more time below condensed. One cut up happened to be Moslem, the other Amish. Attention E-mail letter writers The joke itself made a comPlease include your town and state, plete circle, as in life, and in or province at the signature end of your comments. - Publisher. publishing it, response demonstrated that some people An Amish farmer walking can take a joke, others not. through his field notices a man The Moslem's ignorance drinking from his pond with his was defended by several hand. He shouts, “Trinken Sie Mainers after it was pubnicht das Wasser, die Kuhe und lished and the newspaper Scweine haben in ihm geshis- not. No Amish person said sen!” Simple definition cow pig anything was offensive byre. The other shouts back, “I am a Muslim. Speak English about the joke as it centered Infidel. Straw hat replies, “Use on the ignorance of this particular Moslem not heeding two hands, you’ll get more. the Amish man's well spoken advice. The intention of our published joke in these - Established Summer 2008 days of what is and what is Sheep Market Publishing Co. not PC, is that, if the Moslem man cannot listen to the PO Box 632 Brownville, Me 04414 Amish man giving him adTel. 965-2332 vice, will he ever listen to pvsmilksheep@aol.com anybody? Even when it is in milksheep@myfairpoint.net his interest to listen as it might affect his good health? We could have changed the Founding Publisher Wallace Sinclair joke to a neighbor say, and a

conceited paper boy and left it white washed, but we did not write the joke and rhetorically it was an example of the circle of life. Those who do, those who do not, those who listen and those who refuse to listen. In the thrust of this joke, obviously the Moslem refused to listen. I too, like those who criticised running this joke, do not condemn all Moslems who are good citizens in this or any country with such a joke that was simply centered on one man, one dolt. It matters little of what faith, color, etc. any dolt may be, only that a dolt is a dolt and can be a laughing matter. Aptly said by Will Rogers until the shoe drops. We do appreciate all views and welcome letters to the editor as this is a farming newspaper and we know of no farmer refraining from telling a good joke no matter whose feathers are ruffled. As regards the crux of terrorism in today’s world, the choice of which century to kick back to and stop the clock, the Amish have the right one and I am afraid the 12th, not the 19th just doesn’t wash for the planet. No word harm intended. WGS


Answer: Our information published about various milking animals last issue brought out questions about sheep milking breeds. We would like to encourage any discussion of Agriculture for other readers interested in the same and other issues.

Subject: sheep breeds I live in Caribou. I was wondering what breeds you used in your dairy. I have had sheep for meat purposes in the past. I had a dorset/rambouillet cross ewe that gave me 30 lb. twin lambs, at 35 days, every 6.5 months. She had an udder like a holstein. I had to keep the buck away from her after 4 lambings in about 2 years just to give her a break. I am considering the dorset/rambouillet cross, dorset/tunis cross, katahdin cross, or st croix cross. I would like to try to get very heavy milking ewes from these breeds without going to the dairy breeds to get the heavy milking. Since this is just for my families use, not a commercial operation, I think I can do something like this.

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Fall Issue 5 Lacune and Sardi milksheep and/or East Friesian. But standing alone, these wooly sheep have great yields not crossed to milk sheep rams. My composites - created over 12 years - came out of Katahdins, Dorset, Suffolk, Texel and Targhee. I had a few Oxfords and so, that many years later, they have a smidgen of each in the foundation broods I have left. I have some Black Welsh Mountain/Romney crossed to the EF ram; some Icelandic, Romney, and keep two Cheviot. Finally, I have pure Katahdins that I have been crossing and also some Katahdin/Dorset sisters of a Katahdin/Dorset brute. Magoo is the EF ram. So, yes, a Dorset/Ramboulliet cross makes sense. So does Tunis and others across the country are crossing them to East Friesian sires. With Tunis, I would go for pure breds to start Peter Roof,. Newport and cross them to a milk planted 150 elderberry sheep ram to improve the plants 7 years ago & Tunis average yield. Dorset harvested 700 lbs this you likely would not have to year. If he were making do that if you stay with wine with it that would make 165 gallons. He milky purebred individuals sold his crop to custom- alone without using a milk ers passing by his farm sheep ram. Over the years that is now for sale. He studies I have read indicates has a raspberry grove three breeds are the best for and strawberry patch all with a good crop this lactation yield Dorset, Suffolk and Targhee. WGS season plus a winery.

un-comfort insecure about her background. She grew up in a blue collar family where neither her mother or father finish -ed eight grade. Mom completed high school, but only with tutoring by my father. She would frequently say to me, “I was born on the wrong side of the tracks.” At age 19, she married my father, the handsome son from a wealthy family. Her beauty and charm trumped all the debutantes in town, and swept Dad off his feet. She thought she had it made and that all her fears would go away. Money and position, however, would not erase her feelings of inferiority. Those feelings were intensified instead. The contrast between her education and her in-laws with professional degrees was intimidating. Mom wanted to fit in, join the discussions, be an authority in her own right. In short, she wanted to feel important in her new family, and she realized that she needed more knowledge. Determined to find a way to reduce her education deficit, Mom threw herself into reading.

Any subject appealed to her at first, and overtime she found her favorites and pursued them to excellence. One thing she had no time for was fiction.

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It was a habit that served her well, and in 1960 paid off in a big way. That year my dad At that point Mom ran to was diagnosed with kidney failure and given less than a year to live. There was no cure, the nearest phone and diand my parents were advised to start planning for the day he would die. aled Boston until she got one of those doctors on the Three years old at the time, my recollections are that my strong Daddy could no longer line. “Yes,” he replied, “we pick me up and carry me. That he did not go to work very often, and spent his days in bed. are still looking for volunI noticed Mom took over all the driving and occasionally pulled off the road so Dad could teers. Send me your husband and his brother.” That vomit. night they went to visit my Mom and Dad sold their house and used the proceeds to buy a four-unit apartment house Uncle Ralph, who said, “To with the plan that Mom, my sister and I would live in one unit and live off the rents of the save your life, absolutely! other three. The plan was for my mother to work part time until my sister and I were old Yes, you may have one of enough for school, then she would work full time. Until Dad’s illness, she had been a stay my kidneys.” home Mom. I share this story because After her tutored at home high school, Mom trained as an x-ray technician, but had not Mom developed a lifelong worked in years. She began to take temp jobs to beef up her skills and to develop a habit of reading non-fiction network of potential employers when the inevitable day arrived. because she wanted to impress her in-laws and other At one of those early temp jobs, the x-ray machine broke. An extended period of down people who intimidated her. time ensued, and Mom went to the magazine rack in the doctor’s lobby for something to In the end, her habit saved read. She passed over the popular magazines of the day after finding an out of date my dad’s life. He became medical journal. “This looks like something good for my mind!” she thought. the 12th person in the world In an article about physicians in Boston conducting experimental surgery, she learned to have a kidney transplant of the world’s first kidney transplants. At the time of the writing, the doctors were looking and live. And, I got Dad for for volunteers. Her pulse quickened. As she read on, she discovered there was a prerequi- 18 more years. site. The volunteers had to have an identical twin. Dad happened to have an identical twin. brother.

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OK. Admit it. You all too often find yourself serving your kids or grandkids those deliciously rich, high calorie foods that they love at the expense of healthful foods that they don’t like. If this describes you, welcome to the club of people who have what nutrition researcher Sheryl Hughes and colleagues might classify as an “indulgent” feeding style. Hughes is based at the ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine where she’s an assistant professor of developmental psychology. She is taking a close look at the feeding styles of parents and other caregivers to learn more about how these styles influence a three-to five-year-old’s attitudes toward food and eating and affect childhood obesity.

”If we know more about the feeding styles in these formative years and their relation to childhood obesity,” Hughes said, “then we may be better able to intervene, retrain parents and kids, and help stop the childhood obesity epidemic.” Right now, 32 percent of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese. Hughes is examining two “permissive” feeding styles - “indulgent” and nutritionally neglectful “uninvolved” - and two styles that offer more structure - “authoritarian” (a highly controlling approach in which kids are given no choices) and “authoritative” (parents choose what’s served, but kids choose what’s eaten). In one early study, Hughes and colleaguesworked with data from 718 low-income white, Hispanic and black parents of three to “

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five-year-old preschoolers in Texas and Alabama. Parents filled out Hughes’s feeding-styles questionnaire. Kids’ heights and weights were measured to determine their BMI, or body mass index - an indicator of body fat. Among other findings, the team determined that the “indulgent” feeding style was significantly associated with higher child BMI. Hughes, along with Theresa Nicklas of the Houston Center and other co investigators, document the study in a 2008 article in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. If heeded, the research may help shape meal-time parenting for the better, given increasing a better parenting.

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4th Sat., 9-noon Nov thru April, at Knox Mill conference room, enter on Washington Bridgton Farmers’ Market, every Street, next to Sage Market. Sat, 9-1, November, December indoors at www.camdenfarmersmarket.org the Community Center. Holiday meal focus, shopping, gift baskets, with usual sea- State of Maine Cheese Company sonal items.http://brigtonfarmersmarket.com/ Farmers’ Market in Rockport, every and Facebook: Bridgton Maine Farmers/ Market. Sat. 9-noon, 461 Commercial Street.

Brunswick Winter Farmers’ Mar- Washington Grange Farmers’ Market, every Sat, 9-12:30, Nov thru April ket, Sat 10-1, moves inside in October for

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Hunt preserve offers fun & meat for the table

Fall Issue 7

Ag Special Subject Supplement Last fall we published a list of Maine butcher shops and do so again this year on page 11. Some shops chose to promote their business further within the next pages. With the need for expanded conservation of a declined white tail deer herd in Maine, we publish this list of state deer farms below, some of which offer hunting preserves and most offer animals on the hoof for meat processing. We hope readers take advantage of their commercial hunt services to bag and process venison.

Mark and Joanne Luce began in 1997 an alternative way to preserve farmland and keep land in agriculture. They sought to provide food (Venison), a product (Antlers) and recreation (Hunting) and that meant creating a deer farm and hunting preserve and likewise that meant very little (close to none) harvesting of wood to maintain the thrill of the hunt a very real and fresh event for those who choose to guarantee their hunting success. Throughout the year some 15 acres of 150 + acres are kept chewed down by lambs and does and a resident dominant buck per grouping until rutting season when the various groups are allowed full access to the buck and the lambs are held out for fresh sires at 1 ½ years, some are held to 2 ½ years depending upon a number of factors. When asked if any of his deer have ever twinned Mark Luce replied that had happened - while unusual - twice since 1997. What makes that unique is that in the wild, it is rare if one in 1000 would normally twin. The two products that come from antlers, velvet processed into food supplements and the antlers themselves is coupled with hunters using local butcher shops to do the processing of the venison. Of benefit to local camp Androscoggin Cty. Hedgebog Farm Todd Jefferson 549-3221 Wildes Woodyard fepeaslee@aol.com grounds, the hunting season for a preserve such is this is Red Elk Ranch Dolloff Raymond Deer Farm Rocky Mtn. Deer, Elk and September through February, so a deer farm is a contribu- David Labbe Green Sayward's Deer Farm Buffalo Ranch offers qual- Robbie Wilds Carmel tor to the local economy in several tangible ways. ity USDA Venison and Storman Farm Kenneth Sayward Joe Williams VA. - I highly recommend Hindsite Red Deer Hunt Preserve. I am a professional Taxidermist. When booking hunts I look for quality in the game that I hunt. Mark really has top quality Red Stags. I can't say enough about the help Mark gave me in collecting a very nice animal for a full body mount. He took the time to make my hunt exactly what I was looking for. J. Costello PA. - This was my first time hunting anything, let alone Red Stags! It was the BEST experience I ever had. I shot a trophy buck. I was the happiest guy around. The staff of guides plus the great hospitality was the best! “Guide Jason Farris instructed James with firearm safety, sighted in his rifle, and was at James side throughout his hunt." Mark Luce. Hindsite Hunt Preserve is located at 314 Stetson Rd, Newport, Maine 04953, 2.5 miles from I-95 and 25 miles from Bangor International Airport. They offer Trophy Red Stag, Fallow Bucks and Quality Meat Hunts on private land in a family friendly environment. Safety is the 1st Priority You will hunt with a Registered Maine Guide in the preserve during your stay and be provided an area to safely sight in firearms or bow.

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Located 8.2 miles west of I-95 Exit 197

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Wayne & Tammy Stor- Raymond man Lisbon Falls Franklin County Aroostook County Dandelion Deer Farm Chabre Deer Farm Butch &Cindy Wells Rodrique Chabre Chesterville Caribou Hancock County Clement Farm Hillside Game Ranch James Clement Scott Beede & Tanya Linneus Longley Aurora 584D'Amboise Farms 2004 Jeannot D'Amboise www.hillsideguideservice. com Offering hunts for Elk, Grand Isle Buffalo, Red Stag, Fallow

Good Shepherd Deer Deer, Sika Deer, Russian Farm James Hender- Boar, Coyote, Whitetail Deer, Moose, Bobcat and son Linneus Black Bear. All hunts in-

Homestead Lodge, Inc clude meals, lodging, and John Nelson Oxbow Plt full guide service. Shakaree Red Deer Farm & Mountain Shadows Hunting Mark Drew & Gary Dwyer Houlton 532-2940 www.shakareedeerfarm.com/ www.mountainshadowshunti ng.com As one of the larg-

est breeding facilities in the country Shakaree has been offering Breed Stock, Vital Velvet Capsules / Velvet Antler, Venison Sticks, and Trophy Hunts since 1990.

Piscataquis County Snow Farm Elizibeth Drop Tine Deer Farm Rocky Mtn Red Deer Snow Dover-Foxcroft Greg and Sharon Keach Frankfort Farm Forrest & Danny Sagadohoc County Peaslee Jefferson Chopps Creek Deer Sunrise Ridge Farm Oxford County Farm/ Ron Rodgers Sr. Geoffrey and Sandy Smith Liberty 589Deer Meadow Farm Woolwich 3000 Kevin Billings West Farmgssmith@faipoint.net Somerset County Paris Brown's Deer Farm/ Sun Ridge Deer Farm ofNI HE VI Deer & Elk Kenneth Brown Anson fers quality Venison, Velvet Antler, and Hard Antler. Farm Caldwell & DiJulie's Red Deer Farm ane Jackson Oxford Gary & Julie La- Washington County The Red Elk Game Freniere Madison Noyes Farm Ranch Colby Noyes Danforth Lone Oak Deer Farm Ellery Porter Peru Ben & Melissa Black- Peek-a-boo Deer Farm Penobscot County well Madison 696- and Hunt Park Kirk & Judy Sherman Ash Hill View 1093 China 314-4349 Deer Farm Morning Mist Farm kandj@fairpoint.net OfferKenneth Swett Daniel & Tammy Bra- ing trophy hunts, whole anCarmel 848-3866 imal venison and bison sier Ripley Buffalo meat.

Kennebec County Dill Farm Frances Dill reddeer@roadrunner.com Offering USDA Venison Dean Deer Farm Belgrade Lakes Sales, Breed Stock and Ant- Norman Dean MadiDorr Pond Deer Farm ler Velvet. son Benjamin Hussey Fallow PARK Farm Shady Maple Deer Windsor Adam Graves Etna & Lemon Stream Highland Acres Farm Hindsite Preserve & Game Lands Ziggy Lawrence AlDeer Farm Norman and Beth Luce bion Mark and Joanne Luce Anson 696-3006 Ledge Hill Deer Farm Newport 368-4957 Farm www.lemonstreamgamelands. com 50 miles north of Au207 356-3582 Cell Romeo Gaboury gusta and 4 hours noth of www.hindsite-deer.com Chelsea Only 2.5 miles from I-95 Boston they offer Trophy

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Luce’s Meats - Anson

Meat

In November, Arnold and Elaine Luce will mark 10 years as a USDA meat plant from the secluded location on a hill in rural North Anson. Additionally to domestic livestock processing they handle custom work for moose, deer, etc. Over the years processing meat for Maine consumers has been a good business but among the best achievements the Luce family has brought about is that they are the only certifed meat processor allowed for the Whole Foods Store in Portland, a major buyer of their meats. They are certified to be third party processors for humane handling and they were the first meat processor in the state to be certified organic. A few years back the Luces began what became an exclusive service to restaurants. They created the Maine Farm Brands label for their meats and peddle this brand of meat cuts along routes they established all over Maine. This provides them with steady income in addition to the traditional farmer and hunter trade that comes in seasonally and helps to employ workers, drivers, cutters, meat packers, cleaners, skinners, farm hands, chores that all farmers do themselves but combining cattle rearing with meat processing is not a lonesome work, most good butcher shops do this. It improves the reputation of the cutting and the meat. USDA

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The Higgins Family - Maple Lane Farms

Maple Lane Farms is a fourth-generation family farm and has been at the same location since 1935 when Stanley Higgins bought the farm. Stanley sold the farm to Charles “Shine” and Margaret Higgins in 1941, together; they ran the farm as a potato, dairy and hay operation. Barry, joined his dad Shine in the ‘60s and the farm was primarily a dairy farm. In the early ‘70’s a farm store was added at the location and the family sold meat and natural milk as well as ran a wholesale truck. They decided to close the farm store in 1988, but continued to do custom meat cutting of domestic and game animals. They sold and processed sides and quarters of beef and pork raised on the farm. In the early ‘90’s, they started a small-scale commercial hay and silage business. In 1995, son BJ decided to join the farm operation. He continues today becoming the fourth generation. BJ is a major partner in the business along with his wife, Randa and their girls, McKenna and Kylie. At that time, they started a small herd of natural beef, so they could supply customers with beef raised directly on the farm. Since 1999, the family has grown the hay and silage business, added a large line of trucks and equipment, and is now one of the largest hay dealers in the Northastern United States dealing mostly in standard square bales for horses, goats and sheep. They also handle round bales and raise extra corn and haylege for other dairy and livestock producer’s forage. In 2005, they constructed a new slaughter/processing facility on the farm, one mile east of

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Village on Rt 11A. These years of experience with state-ofthe-art refrigeration; precise cutting, wrapping and vacuum packaging builds the farm reputation. They currently have approximately 250 beef on feed at all times. All cattle are fed a diet, without the use of stimulants or growth hormones. All beef is hung a minimum of 14 days after slaughter before it is processed. This has been proven to improve flavor and tenderness. Over 2009-2010 they have added 2,400 sq ft to the processing facility which includes more refrigeration an additional processing area as well as a fully automated smoke house. They farm nearly 1600 acres in Penobscot and Piscataquis County with 500 acres in corn, 60 acres in barley and the rest being in hay production keeping 400 head of dairy and beef cattle. The whole family is involved in the business. Daughter Amy has two sons, Brandon and Barrett, who are old enough to help out on the farm and Amy & Mike help in the fall when it gets busy with game animals.

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Fall Issue 9

Watson’s Custom Meats

family meats

Sister and brother Ellie Patterson and Trey Gilbert remember the Herring brothers and that influence upon the family line business which now occupies the old plant and has expanded to new quarters jutting out the front of a building that housed 4 generations of meat cutters. With Tom & Andrea Gilbert, parents, they manage the business with a modern focus. A modern recognition of local farming and livestock availability. To this end, they now privately label from 50-60 Maine producers their own USDA inspected products. Lamb, pork, Trey Gilbert Beef, goat - you name it they have probably cut, inspected and packaged it for the farmer customers who economically market it at farmstead locations and distant Maine stores.

The variety and length of time the Watson family of Etna has brought to their present business is interesting. The farm itself represents 5 generations of farming that in recent years has concentrated upon horse boarding with riding trails coupled with beef and pork production and hay manufacture and sales. The past three years has brought Jeff and his great experience with the late Wayne Young of Newburg and that fine meat processing facility, home. While the Young shop is closed, many of those customers came to Watsons to continue the fine service and cutting Jeff and Andy bring to this new farm business located on Carter Road. Jeff ‘s 17 years with Young were well spent. They have a custom shop and so there is a custom thinking behind how they do business here. Those beef and pork animals they raise may at times be chosen by customers for processing, either by half, quarter or whole. This allows the farm to sell the animal on the hoof for a reasonable price and then the customer does not have to bother with transport costs to get his or her animal to the meat plant. The Watsons take care of that detail and cut the critter to the specific taste and ordering of the buyer. It gives the buyer the option of choice, and they get to view animals live and examine

The custom cutting they provide households are too many to count. So many farmers raise animals for the freezer in central Maine. The many hunters with game animals, within Maine’s hunting region, expands the cutting business even more so. The variety of specialty farm cutting and meat process manufacturing product lines, again, difficult to count when recipes and tastes are factored in. This factor led this generation of the Herring family to invest in new smokers (2), new cryovac vacuum packaging, a 40X60 addition and the establishment of a new product, they are the processors of “Wicked Good Beef Jerky” that is marketed all over Maine. They also provide meat products for the grocery chains which sell under the “Maine Kitchen” label and Dennis Paper that distributes a ground beef patty and keibassa to other Maine stores. Representing some 90 years of cutting, this company has a road side meat market, the USDA plant, the food products manufacturing division and raises beef and buys local domestic livestock for processing. They provide food for many consumers in Maine and most may not even know this when they sit down to eat. That is alright with Trey and Ellie, as long as the Game wardens and hunters are next 90 years are as good or better than the first 90. claiming wolves and coyotes in

Maine have been breeding in recent years. The outcome is a vicious example of the lone wolf mentality with the offspring. A danger to humans and livestock. Deer hunters have traditionally taken such animals when out and about and expectations are the kill will continue to mitigate this evolution.

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Jeff, in foreground

the quality of the rate of growth over time. As with any custom house they have rules for customers to live by. The will do sheep, goats, pork, cattle but will not do poultry and do not sell retail cuts. They have a complete slaughter facility with blast freezer and aging chill rooms. Due to the assumption of business left by the passing of Wayne Young, repeat business comes to Andy among chilled them from towns all over hanging pork Maine, in all directions.

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Flying Mule Farm Roast Rack of Lamb with Fresh Mint and Rosemary Serves 4 (prep time: 15 minutes; cook time: 40 minutes) Ingredients: * 2 whole racks of lamb, frenched * ¼ cup vegetable oil * 1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter * 8 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed * ½ cup chopped fresh mint * ¼ cup chopped fresh thyme * ¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary * ¼ cup whole grain Dijon mustard * ¼ cup dry red wine Translator: * ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil Fabienne Prost * salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat a well-seasoned cast iron pan over high heat on the stovetop. Season the lamb racks generously with salt and pepper. Add the vegetable oil to the hot pan and continue heating the oil to smoking point. When oil has just begun to smoke add the lamb racks, fat side down, and sear until well caramelized. Turn and sear the bottom and back sides of the racks. Remove lamb racks from the pan and remove pan from the heat. Drain off any remaining oil and wipe out pan with a paper towel. In a small mixing bowl, combine the chopped mint, rosemary, thyme, mustard and wine. Stirring gently, slowly add the olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Coat the seared lamb racks with half of the herb mixture. Return the lamb to the warm cast iron pan, fat side up.

Add the butter and the crushed garlic. The butter should melt slowly from the residual heat of the pan. Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and roast, basting frequently with the butter-garlic mixture, until lamb is cooked to desired doneness (125 for medium rare, about 25 minutes). Remove lamb from the oven and let rest at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before carving. Coat with the remaining herb mixture and serve over soft polenta, steamed quinoa or roasted potatoes.

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Préchauffez le four à 230 degrés. Chauffez à feu vif une casserole en fonte sur la cuisinière. Assaisonnez généreusement de sel et de poivre les carrés d’agneau. Ajoutez l’huile végétale dans la casserole chaude, et continuez à chauffer l’huile jusqu’à ce qu’elle frie. Quand l’huile a commencé à frire, ajoutez les carrés d’agneau, le côté gras en bas, et les saisir jusqu’à ce qu’ils soient bien caramélisés. Tournez et saisir le fond et les côtés arrière des carrés d’agneau. Retirez les carrés d’agneau de la casserole, et retirez la poêle du feu. Egouttez l’huile restante, et bien essuyer la casserole avec une serviette en papier. Dans un petit saladier, associez la menthe coupée, le romarin, le thym, les graines de moutarde et le vin. Mélangez les, en ajoutant doucement et lentement l’huile d’olive. Assaisonnez généreusement en sel et poivre. Couvrez les carrés d’agneau saisis avec la moitié du mélange d’herbes aromatiques. Remettre l’agneau dans la casserole en fonte.

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Fall Issue 11

Maine...

State slaughter houses, retail, wholesale, private, custom processors & poultry firms

State Inspected Establishments

custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing Moose/wild-caught deer

Folsom’s Meat Cutting

Nest & Mullen Slaughterhouse

Route 1

Monticello 207 538-2129 M-F 7-5

7 Perkins Lane

Kennebunk 207 985-2363 Tues-Fri 8-5, closed 12-1

custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing Moose/wild-caught deer

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt smoking; retail and wholesale, No Game

Ken’s Custom Meat Cutting 134 River Road

Biddeford 207 282-9078 Mon-Sun 8-4

A & A Slaughter House 175 Fort Road

Presque Isle 207 764-4941 9-5, by appointment 194 Spraguue Mills Road

Greene 207 946-5015 M-F 7:30-3

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt poultry, No Game

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing Retail and wholesale

West Gardiner Beef

Cooperative Poultry Producers, Inc. COOPP

10 Gilley Drive

West Gardiner 724-3378 M-F 7-5, Sat 7:30-Noon Closed Feb 14 - Labor Day Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt smoking; retail and wholesale custom exempt poultry

Garey’s Custom Slaughterhouse 125 Benjamin Road

Mars Hill 207 429-8091 by appointment Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing Custom exempt smoking Retail and wholesale

L.P. Bisson & Sons Slaughterhouse 112 Meadow Road

Topsham 207 725-7215 by appointment Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing Inspected smoking retail & wholesale

Nice group of cattle awaiting feeding at North Bradford

Bubier Meats

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; retail and wholesale

Curtis Butchershop 1719 Camden Road

Warren 207 273-2574 9-5 daily or by appointment

Monmouth 207 345-9005 by appointment

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; retail and wholesale

Inspected poultry processing (chicken, turkey, waterfowl)

Sanford Butchershop

Maple Lane Farm

Sanford 207 324-2800 9-5 daily or by appointment

259 Tilson Road

224 Charleston Road

Charleston 207 285-3591 9-5 daily

2061 Rochester Road

Licensed Custom Exempt Only Establishments Castonguay Meats 234 Gibbs Mill Road

Livermore 207 897-4989 by appointment Custom exempt red meat slaughter/ processing; moose/ wild-caught deer

Blaisdell Brothers Farm 140 South Side Road

York 207 363-6078 by appointment, M-Sat 9-7

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; retail and wholesale

custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing No Game

Herring Bros., Inc.

Tabor Homestead

Dover-Foxcroft 876-4395 M-Sat 7:30-5

North Berwick 676-5579 by appointment custom exempt poultry

Windham Butchershop

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; Inspected smoking; retail and wholesale

Windham 207 892-4203 9-5 daily or by appointment

Luce’s Maine Grown Meats

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt smoking; retail and wholesale

North Anson 635-2817 9-5 daily or by appointment

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing Moowe/wild-caught deer

USDA Inspected Establishments Varney Mills Road

Medway Slaughterhouse 53 Pattagumpus Rd / Chester Rd

Medway

PO Box 526

366 Embden Pond Road

Inspected red meat slaughter / processing; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing; inspected smoking; retail and wholesale

335 Lebanon Road

Kimball’s Butchershop 9 Bear Pond Road

Waterford 207 583-4114 by appointment

custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing domestic and Moose / deer, bear

Blaisdell’s Custom Slaughterhouse 163 Waterville Road

Norridgewock 207 634-3742 Mon-Sat 9-7 custom exempt red meat slaughter / No Game

Greaney’s Turkey Farm

Maine-ly Poultry

Mercer 207 587-4062 by appointment only

Warren 207 342-5705

309 Main Street

custom exempt poultry

Jason’s Butchershop 22 Unity Road

Albion 207 437-2490 9-5 daily, by appointment Custom poultry; custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing moose/wild-caught deer

Watson’s Butchershop 61 Carter Road

Etna 207 363-6078 9-5 daily, by appointment custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing

Boucher’s Cutting

Deer Meadowbrook Farm, LLC

Winslow 207 363-6078 9-5 daily, by appointment

Jefferson 207 549-5660 M-Sat 8-5

Grower Producer Exempt Poultry Establishments Retail Poultry only within the state; wholesale poultry only within Maine

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131 Boynton Schoolhouse Road

custom exempt red meat slaughter / processing Moose/wild-caught deer

715 Benton Avenue

Atlantic Highway

Sumner Valley Farm 85 Morrill Farm Road

Sumner 207 388-3440

Tide Mill Organics 91 Tide Mill Road

Edmunds 207 733-2551

Tracy’s Place Old Route 2

Mercer 207 587-4062

Sunnyside Farm

406 New Limerick Road

Linneus 207 532-7058

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Robert Berry, Prop.

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12 Fall Summer IssueIssue 13

At age 10, Rebekah Guzzetta of Abott had never entered exhibits at any fair. She he new Ag Building atearned a ribbon with her blue esque Isle Fairgroundswhite and red Salza at Dover and s full of old equipment.Emily Adams snapped this picture of her and mum, Moria McGarey.

Presque Isle Fair:

Randi Smith of LaGrange Daisy photograph took first place at Dover. Adams photo

Piscataquis Fair: Fryeburg Fair: Brian Campbell’s Cody Miles of Troy and Tyler Stevenson, Thorndike tended cows at Union Fair.

European Farmers Market At Sunnyside Greenhouses 117 Buck Street - Bangor Crops & Trades Directory Woodland Tel. 947-8464

Sunflower Display Ribbon winner at Dover. Adams photos.

Amanda, Stephanie and their dad, Willie Winslow were among the many 4-H and FFA participants at Northern Maine Fair’s sheep show with this Tunis lamb.

Clinton Lions:

All cleaned up and waiting for the show. Tractor FOR SALE 1949 Cockshutt Model 30 SN 17621 $3,200. Also: Trukhoe - truck mounted Backhoe for ton truck $4,000. Tel. 965-2332

Eastern Penobscot

2009/2010 Dairy Royalty

L- R are Briannah Bickford 2010 Jr Princess; Monique Bickford ‘09, Jr This size Classified Advert box Princess; Sarah Richards 2009 Dairy is $10 per issue. Send yours to Princess; Shelby Patten 2010 Dairy PO Box 632 Brownville, ME Princess; Coleen Scholfield, Runner 04414 with payment. Up Dairy Princess, 2009 & 2010.

Mid winter-AG Trade Show Advertising Deadline Plan now, schedule ahead December 10 - 965-2332

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Hampden Natural Foods

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Potter’s Transmission Contractor Supply Inc. 431 Odlin Road Bangor 04401

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Fall Issue 13

The new Ag Building at Presque Isle Fairgrounds is full of old equipment.

Cody Miles of Troy and Tyler Stevenson, Thorndike tended cows at Union Fair.

Daily milking demonstration at Windsor, a popular attraction

Joel McLaughlin’s asparagus beans as photographed by Emily Adams at Dover fairgrounds

Edie Kirshner of Stockton Springs sheared sheep for Central Maine Sheep Assoc. fair attendees demonstration. Passersby were invited to try shearing, many did.

E Penobscot

At Piscataquis, a local girl learned show sheep tips from the sheep judge, Janie Jamieson from Orono.

Houston-Brooks Auctioneers

Overhead Door Company of Bangor, Inc.

56 Liberty Drive Hermon 04401 Phone 207 848-2856 800 896-2235 overheaddoorofbangor.com

Sam’s Qwik Stop 3965 Broadway

All Natural Beef, Pork sides, whole

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Crops & Trades

Woodland Directory

The phone book for veggies, firewood, misc.

Farmers Take Note:

PO Box 99 - 22 Horseback Rd. - Burnham Consignment Sales Every Sunda * Estate Sales

Cedar Run Farm

The

Your Advertisement is Haightfarm@midmaine.com published here as you are a Hydroponically Grown Produce farmer and woodlot owner and thereby catch a break for the cost of placing an ad year round. Please call 393 Houlton Road 965-2332 to find out more Waite ME 04492 and speak with the publishprfarm@hughes.net er. Keep a seasonal business

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Resources, Logging, Recreation, Woods, Fields, Water & Commerce 14 Fall Issue

A news feature of

Agriculture each issue on farming, fishing, forestry and minerals. The true wealth of Maine.

Hay Directory

By Mark Hutton,

UM Extension Vegetable Specialist Albert Tate, Corinth. Picture by Emily Adams

Pumpkins and winter squash are maturing early this year causing a lot of head scratching and wondering what to do with orange pumpkins that arrived in time for Labor Day.

If the vines and foliage are in good condition it may be best to leave the fruit in the field. However, early harvest and storage may be preferable to leaving the fruit in the field particularly if the vines are in poor condition. Appropriate application of protectant fungicides such as chlorothalonil prior to harvest will help protect the fruit, stems, and foliage from black rot and other

fruit rots and should increase storage life. Leaving the pumpkins in the field once foliage cover is reduced or after the vines have died may lead to extensive losses of otherwise marketable fruit. Foliage cover is needed to prevent sunscald of the fruit and dead, decaying vines can reduce the quality of pumpkin stems. If the field has a history of Fusarium or Phytophtora, leaving mature fruit in the field will increase the likelihood of losses due to fruit rot. If you do plan to store the fruit in the field cut the fruit from the vine and windrow the fruit in drier sections of the field. Cutting the fruit from the vine will help protect the

stem from the spread of powdery mildew along the vine and can reduce shriveling and shrinkage of the stem. It is important to scout for insects feeding on the fruit and stems, the most common and serious pests are squash bug nymphs and adults and the striped cucumber beetle. Insect feeding on the fruit or stems will result in unsightly scarring and pitting which can also allow entry of diseases. Control these insects with appropriate insecticides (consult the latest edition of the New England Vegetable Management Guide for a list of available insecticides). Ideally, pumpkins should be harvested when fully mature, with a deep orange color and hardened rind. However, as long as pumpkins have started to turn color, they will ripen off the vine if held under the proper conditions. While not ideal, this may be preferable to leaving them in the field if conditions are not favorable. Only bring in injury and , disease free fruit to cure and store. If necessary, pumpkins can be ripened in a well-ventilated barn or greenhouse. The best temperatures for ripening are 80-85°F with a relative humidity of 80-85%. Night tempertatures should no drop below the sixties. Even

if pumpkins are ripe, a period of curing can improve storage life. The curing period should be about 10 days. During this process, the fruit skin hardens, wounds heal and immature fruit ripens - all of which prolongs the storage life. Pumpkins should be stored in a cool, dry place. Ideal temperatures are between 50° and 60° F and relative humidity of 50 - 70%. Higher humidity allows condensation on the fruit with risk of disease, and lower humidity can cause dehydration. Higher temperatures increase respiration and can cause weight loss. Store fruit on pallets or in ratures increase respiration and can cause weight loss. Store fruit on pallets or in large bins being careful not to overfill or stack pumpkins too high. Pressure bruises can reduce storage life. Stacking pumpkins on dirt or concrete floors can result in significant fruit losses to fruit rots. Even if it is difficult to provide the ideal conditions, storage in a shady, dry location, with fruit off the ground or the floor, is preferable to leaving fruit out in the field.

Farmers and horse people needing hay sources should check out the Maine Hay Directory at www.umext.maine.edu/Waldo/hay.htm This site lists who has extra hay and where all over Maine. This picture was taken inside the city of Bangor on outer Broadway in August. .

Moosehead Manufacturing start up An auction buyer stopped debate in August offering $1 million + for a plant valued at twice that amount currently out of business but not so, soon. Maine real estate company and manufacturer Louise Jonaitis of Newry plans to open a factory store in the former elementary school in Monson with available products in inventory at the plant down the street. Since the purchase, Piscataquis Economic Development Council will assist Jonaitis apply for a $200,000 grant to help pay due taxes and operating cash to employ from 12-30 employees at start up in about 35 days. Previous owners Josh Tardy and Dana Connors had paid $2.2 million for the plants at Dover-Foxcroft and Monson and kept the plant from closing permanently but the downturn in the economy sealed the fate of more manufacturing in the last year and employees went on unemLarge & Small Equipment ployment. Repair & Maintenance

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ArticleThanks to -- R. Hazzard, J. Howell, A. Carter, and Robert Wick. University of Massachusetts; Dale Riggs & Robert Rouse, Pumpkin Production Guide, NRAES; Maurice Ogutu, University of Illinois Extension, in Vegetable Growers News, August 2004; and Liz Maynard, Purdue University; Andy Wyendandt, Wes Kline, Rutgers Univ. Reprinted from Penobscot-Piscataquis Farming News and picture from Penquis Review.

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Fall Issue 15

Organic Maine - A directory of farms, products, foods is available from MOFGA in Unity or at most feed stores, food co-ops throughout Maine.

Nov 5-6 - Curling lessons will be offered at the Curling Club Belfast. Nov 5-7 - Farmer to Farmer Conference, MOFGA and UMaine Co-

MOFGA & Maine Pomological Society. Held at Common Ground Ed Center, Unity. Oct 23 - Sheep & Goat Reproduction Seminar at Kennebec Valley Community College. See: http://

Oct 15 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop at MOFGA's Education Center in Unity. Preregister. Oct 16 - 17 - Second Annual Fiber Maine-ia Festival This free event will be extension.umaine.edu/livestock/ held during UMaine's Orono Homecoming weekLeaves & Blooms end, vendors, workshops, Greenhouse and demos lined up. & Mini Farmers Market Oct 23 - Great Maine Apvegetables-cheese-meat-eggs ple Day Sponsored by herbs-breads-dry beans MOFGA, Fedco, and the 1467A Bangor Rd University of Maine CoopDover-Foxcroft erative Extension, 12 noon564-7433 4 pm Rain or Shine, Admisglrbusn1@gmail.com sion $4, $2 for members of Gale & Peter Robinson �Cars �Trucks

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Attention hunters! Hunters for the Hungry, a cooperative program between Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and The Food Assistance Program, provides a means for hunters to donate all or a portion of their hunt to a local food pantry. This program has been a great contribution to our citizens, providing meat to those who may no longer be able to hunt, to those who have a medical necessity of having natural low fat meat and to others who visit their local emergency feeding organization.

Those wishing more information on this program may call toll free 1-888-4 DEER-ME (433-3763).

Forestry award given A presentation of the annual Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award was given at the Blaine House, Augusta Oct. 7 to Prentice and Carlisle Corporation. This award is sponsored by the Maine Department of Conservation and the Maine Tree Foundation and this year it was accepted by Chairman of the Board David Carlisle with company president Don White attending. Gov. John Baldacci first presented the award in 2004 to the namesake Austin Wilkins in recognition of his many years as Forestry Commissioner for his great reputation within the forestry industry in Maine.

Feed Commodities in Detroit annually holds an open house to place farm supplies on special and get customers into the store. Jeremiah, Linda and Lauchlin Titus from AG Matters LLC, Vassalboro were one of the many invited vendors to share in the public attendance that offered a free chicken barbecue. Jeremiah offers seed and soils consulting for crop farmers.

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Dairy Princess 2010

16 Fall Issue

65 Anniversary leader th

Galen Cole, a WWII veteran arranged a special ceremony at his Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor to commemorate the sacrifices of WWII veterans in September. Numerous veterans from all conflicts, the oldest veteran in Maine age 101 - and the Governor were on hand to speak to the issue of public servGalen Cole on TV ice and patriotism. Cole experienced these things in conflict losing several of his friends in world war II overseas.

Story and photos by Amanda Rachael Photography

Scout beyond badges Eagle Scout jumped state and secondary education for the quickness of a real business venture & home schooling.

Many excellent photographs were displayed at most fairs this summer with so many people using digital cameras in modern times. This mother moose and calf picture was taken by Barbara Hamlin of Milo and displayed at Piscataquis Valley Fair in August.

It isn’t often young folks with can do thinking drop by the Maine news horizon. The hardscrabble nature that is Maine living creates our brain drain and most people like to see such young people as self actualized as this high school age lad. Home schooled in his early grades, middle and high school level next, student Caleb Guerin - of Glenburn - switched to get college level course work as soon as allowed so, EMMC, Husson & UMaine /Augusta were his next choices. This course work behind him he is not sure if plans for formal college entry are near or for when he is financially able a year from now. Notices about 6 such students across Maine winning 4-H Award Scholarships were noted in the summer issue yet this added notice, is published to demonstrate outstanding students are among us working to excel. As a statement for home schooling vs public schools, this student with parents Joseph and Stacey Gurin have shown that care and diligence pay off. Scouting, 4-H also contributed. Caleb began his greenhouse business with savings from keeping his blue ribbon winning sheep earnings garnered at 4-H fairs. He sold the sheep at a profit and bought a greenhouse kit and then after selling plants built a greenhouse. He now has many customers both wholesale and retail and has quite the green thumb and an extended growing season for vegetables and flowers, a business. An eagle scout, he is well known in scout circles for his helpfulness and assistance to young scouts and social nature at scouting events and excelled at 4-H. He is working for USDA , Penobsot County office presently.

The National Farmworkers Jobs Program is managed in Maine by Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) and exists to aid farmworkers and their families in reaching goals for further training and employment. This could mean money for college or for short term training such as pesticide application or GED or traditional occupational training like CNA, welding or diesel mechanics. A farm worker can be reimbursed for travel to school, child care or emergencies while attending school. While this is federal money set aside exclusively for farmworkers, if within a 12-month period in the last two years of work, 50 percent of such work was on a farm and income guidelines, selective service or authorization to work in the US all comply, workers may be eligible to study. The program is funded through the Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of Labor. EMDC staff will help in the application process. If a farmworker has a dependent

spouse or child, eligibility to them is also possible. Two career advisors are located in Maine. Chris Huh in Ellsworth at 248 State St, Tel. 610-1521 and Wendy Lord in Presque Isle at the Career Center, 66 Spruce Street Tel. 760-6333. They can meet you at your place of work, home town and give you information over the phone.

Clinton Fairgrounds was the setting September 9th for the Fourth Annual Maine Dairy Princess Pageant. There was a field of nine contestants within two age groups for judges to choose from. The two young women pictured above will represent the Maine Dairy Industry at various events such as the Eastern States Exhibition, the Agricultural Trade Show in January and Agriculture Day at the Legislature in March. The 2010 Maine Dairy Princess is Shelby Patten the daughter of Tonya Patten and the late Peter Patten and they reside in Levant. The sponsor for Miss Patten is Caverly Farms LLC, left in picture. The 2010 Junior Maine Dairy Princess Winner is Briannah Bickford (R in picture) the daughter of David and Katrina Bickford of Clinton and Misty Meadows Farm was the sponsor. The 2010 Maine Dairy Princess Runner-up is Colleen Schofield. Her parents are Wayne and Jennifer Schofield of Troy and she was sponsored by Aghaloma Farms and Hardy Farm. An additional photo is on page 12.

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