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Get into the garden
As the city considers expanding its community garden program, Portland has the opportunity to delve deeper into urban permaculture ("permanent agriculture") — building ecological systems that model nature, with plants that work together with minimal maintenance to create self-sustaining biodiversity, on city land.
| March 14, 2012
No matter how you get fresh food, you can get it
Even with Maine's short growing season, farmers all over the state are working to accommodate the needs of their customers who want to eat locally year-round.
| February 01, 2012
The Portland Farmers' Market reaches a wider audience
Even on a chilly Saturday morning in November, there's a steady stream of people weaving through the nearly two-dozen farm stands lined up in Deering Oaks Park.
| November 09, 2011
Fertile Underground sprouts on the West Side
The food revolution is coming to a grocery store near you.
| July 06, 2011
Leveling the playing field
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 20, 2011
A few observations on Dena Riegel's " Striking Back: Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrent " (April 29).
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| May 18, 2011
Free our food
Small farmers demand independence from agrobusiness industry rules
"From farm to table" isn't just a meaningless foodie slogan anymore. It's the rallying cry for the smallest of small-scale farming operations in Maine, which are fighting against what they consider to be burdensome state and federal regulations.
| May 04, 2011
The robots are here — and they look nothing like we expected
When Czech playwright Karel Capek first used the word "robot" nearly a century ago, it was to describe a coldly calculating machine, evil in its perfection and scornful of human frailty. And so began our fascination with the possibility of humanoid machines designed to be our underlings but destined to be our overlords.
| May 02, 2011
Get a glimpse of Open Waters' Farms and Fables project
Planting seeds for the future
Last summer, four theater artists experienced a rather different kind of arts residency: They spent months on three local farms, planting, weeding, and talking with farm workers.
| April 06, 2011
Meet your meat
Does your butcher make house calls?
Opening the door to a large walk-in cooler and seeing a massive cow carcass hanging from a metal hook is a slightly jolting reminder that meat doesn't just appear in neat little packages in the grocery store.
| March 02, 2011
Another row to hoe
Big news coming out of the Maine Agricultural Trades Show earlier this month (from which the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, MOFGA, was bizarrely excluded): the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) announced a $50 million campaign to preserve 100,000 acres of farmland in the Pine Tree State over the next three years.
| January 19, 2011
Farming and the future
The announcement of the Maine Farmland Trust's ambitious 100,000-acre preservation goal wasn't the only farming news this month (see " Another row to hoe "). And, some thoughts about what lies ahead on the green front.
| January 19, 2011
Does the local food movement really work?
Providence cultural center AS220's panel discussion series Action Speaks! continues with a look at the "local food" movement.
| October 06, 2010
Fall Food Preview: Okay, Vacationland, it's our turn
Enjoy peak harvest without the crowds
Goodbye tourists. Goodbye school children. Thanks for spending this gorgeous summer with us and keeping our restaurants and businesses thriving. We know your dough keeps many of us employed, but, frankly, we’re ready for some distance.
| September 15, 2010
Review: Food, Inc.
As visually flashy as it is viscerally alarming
You are what you eat. And if you're like most Americans, you eat hamburgers made from cows who likely spent their lives crowded in fetid factory farms, ankle-deep in mud and excrement.
| June 16, 2009
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