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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 mai
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 16, 2012
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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.
No excuses
By AMY ANDERSON  |  February 03, 2012
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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.
Growth spurt
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 11, 2011
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Fertile Underground sprouts on the West Side

The food revolution is coming to a grocery store near you.
Cooperatives
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  July 08, 2011

Leveling the playing field

A few observations on Dena Riegel's " Striking Back: Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrent " (April 29).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 20, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 20, 2011
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Free our food

"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.
Small farmers demand independence from agrobusiness industry rules
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 06, 2011


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Domo Arigato

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 mac
The robots are here — and they look nothing like we expected
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  April 29, 2011
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Get a glimpse of Open Waters' Farms and Fables project

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.
Planting seeds for the future
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 08, 2011
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Meet your meat

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.
Does your butcher make house calls?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  March 04, 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
Land preservation
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 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.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 2011


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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.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 08, 2010
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Fall Food Preview: Okay, Vacationland, it's our turn

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.
Enjoy peak harvest without the crowds
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  September 17, 2010
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Review: Food, Inc.

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.
As visually flashy as it is viscerally alarming
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 19, 2009