Spring has sprung here in the county, and the planting season is in full force. In this week’s county ag report, Rob Koenig checks in with Taylor Putnam on the progress of his greenhouse, and the harvest from it so far this year.
With the start of the farmers' market season this weekend, several programs will once again be in place to support County residents and visitors to the farmers' market -- as well as local growers, our ag community and beyond.
With the start of the planting and growing season, several resources are available to County farmers to aid and support them throughout the year. In addition, research conducted by the UMaine Cooperative Extension, goes hand-in-hand with tackling the larger hardships often faced by our local Ag community!
In last week's County Ag, we explored the benefits of designing and creating home outdoor spaces and gardens. This week, we dig deeper into the layout and planning process for making your outdoor space unique, and your very own!
As we try to shake off winter and head further into spring -- backyard, outdoor planning, and gardening are on the minds of many County folks. One local landscape designer and author has some tips and advice to make your outdoor space, your own!
As we continue ahead into spring and look forward to the start of the growing season, it's also important to take a look back, at the extensive history of County agriculture. One local farm family did just that, and documented it every step of the way!
Reducing diversity on a farm is one of the many ways large-scale model farmers keep costs down. For smaller scale farmers diversity can be key…not only in crops, but also in livestock. It’s this weeks County Ag Report with Rob Koenig.
Spring is in the air. While snow is still on the ground outside, greenhouses are already warm enough on their own to support cold weather seedlings. When Rob Koenig visited Treystar farms about a month ago, the first seeds were just going into the ground and trays. This week, Rob checked on the progress of the seedlings and has an update in this week’s County Ag Report.
This week is National Ag Week. It coincides with National Ag Day on March 22nd. While it’s supposed to be a time to celebrate the contribution of agriculture to our everyday lives, bigger issues have overshadowed the agriculture industry this year. As Rob Koenig found out in this week’s county ag report, farms across the county are facing an upward battle of challenges.
We recently told you 99 restaurants plan to use Maine potatoes for their more than 100 locations across the northeast. Irving farms in caribou was able to secure the contract with the restaurant chain as businesses continues to bounce back from the pandemic. In this week’s county ag report, Rob Koenig has more about the deal, and what Irving Farms hopes the deal will bring to the county.
PFAS are becoming a bigger issue across the state. After running a story a couple weeks ago on the subject, Rob Koenig looked further into the issue. He came across some of the important work done by a UMaine extension professor and has more details in this week’s County Ag Report.
While most people are still waiting to start seeds until the weather gets a bit warmer, Rob Koenig found out last week how to extend the growing season to earlier in the year with a greenhouse. This week, rob looks at some of the seedlings Treystar farms is starting, both in the ground, and in trays.
Did you know that a simple greenhouse can help to accelerate the start of the growing season? As Rob Koenig found out, a few sheets of plastic goes a long way towards insulating and heating a greenhouse.
Looking for a project to pass the time, or maybe you want some more greens and garnishes for your meals. In the second part of his focus on inside plants for The County Ag Report, Rob Koenig leans about growing microgreens at home.
While it’s not a great time to be tending to the outside garden, houseplants inside our homes still need the TLC we give to their outside counterparts. In a two-part series for the County Ag Report, Rob Koenig has more about the care needed for indoor plants.
Missing the local products you can get from farmers’ markets? Don’t worry, plans are already underway for the 2022 season. In this week’s County Ag Report, Rob Koenig found out what the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets is doing to help local farmers’ markets this season.
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