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Get into the garden

Going green
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 14, 2012
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No matter how you get fresh food, you can get it

No excuses
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.
By AMY ANDERSON  |  February 01, 2012
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The Portland Farmers' Market reaches a wider audience

Growth spurt
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.
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 09, 2011
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Fertile Underground sprouts on the West Side

Cooperatives
The food revolution is coming to a grocery store near you.
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  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).
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 18, 2011
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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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 04, 2011
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Domo Arigato

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.
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  May 02, 2011
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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.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 06, 2011
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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.
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  March 02, 2011

Another row to hoe

Land preservation
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 19, 2011

Farming and the future

Going green
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 19, 2011
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Does the local food movement really work?

Action Speaks!
Providence cultural center AS220's panel discussion series Action Speaks! continues with a look at the "local food" movement.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 06, 2010
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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.
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  September 15, 2010
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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.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 16, 2009

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