Category Archives: maine

The story of me and bees part 1

Close your eyes and think about the last time you felt alive. The kind of alive where every cell in your body is vibrating at a frequency perfectly in tune with all that is surrounding you and you are not in conflict with anything. A time when you felt like a pure human being; part […]

Hannaford to ugly produce –Looks are not everything

Last week Hannaford launched a pilot program offering discounted produce. Shoppers can now find a selection of “misfits” at a considerably reduced cost. Modern grocery stores have been known to perpetuate an unrealistic standard of beauty for our produce, resulting in an uncomfortable amount of food waste. Hannaford taking this step will help reduce food […]

The trouble with elephants and how I learned to use my voice for change

Shortly after my eighth birthday the circus came to town. Being the target demographic I obviously begged (and begged and begged) to go. My grandmother kindly abided and we drove to the forum one Saturday afternoon in April. I ate cotton candy, got a sparkly, yet itchy, wig and was mesmerized by the acrobats. But the show […]

The 76th Agricultural Trade Show — a slice of spring in the depths of winter

January is the worst. Pants fit a bit too snugly, wallets feel a bit too thin, and carcasses of once majestic Christmas trees can be seen everywhere decaying on top of dirty snow banks. In short, it can kind of be depressing time. It’s hard recovering from the holidays but for me, my silver lining […]

Wreath making for the modern woman

One of my fondest childhood memories is of making Christmas wreaths with my grandmother. Each November, after a good cold snap, we would go out into the woods and gather fir boughs. We would make beautiful wreaths for our own front doors and gift several more to friends and relatives. Everyone loved them, and I […]

Rare bird sightings and advice from Dad

I think December tends to make everyone a bit nostalgic. Minimal daylight and dropping temperatures make an excellent environment for slowing down and sharing stories of how things “used to be.” For some that can mean a time a loved one was still alive, or a time before student loans, or simply last August when […]

This Thanksgiving don’t forget to thank a farmer

Our house always features potatoes from up the road, squash from the neighbors, and other goodies from The School Farm. Basically, every dish has an element to it grown with care from someone my family knows in our community. These days who can resist naming all the local ingredients used in their grandma’s stuffing recipe […]