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How we buy our eggs makes a difference in the lives of chickens

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This week, the BDN reported that the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has cleared the out-of-state egg producer, Hillandale Farms, of charges of animal cruelty in one of its Maine facilities in Turner. Last May, undercover video was released of the facility, and the video showed chickens living in deplorable conditions. According to […]

It’s January in Maine: Time to plan your garden

My husband and I will be embarking on our fifth organic garden journey this spring, and this year, we’re planning ahead. Every year, we learn a little more about growing our own food, and while my husband specializes in the soil preparation in early spring, I specialize in dreaming about what we will plant and […]

Save money and the planet in 2017: How to become a maker

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I’ve always been the kind of person who is hesitant about making New Year’s resolutions, but I made a couple last year that I mostly stuck to. This has me thinking I might try this again. Last year, I resolved to simplify my life and to eat more plants. Although I still have progress to […]

A chicken year in review: The best chicken stories from 2016

Cute Chickens

It seems 2016 was a big year for chickens. From chicken shaming to chicken sweaters, chickens have been in our hearts and on our minds in 2016. People all over the country are getting chickens for their farms, their backyards, and their homes. Chickens are the pets that poop breakfast, and we love them. We learned […]

Want good luck in 2017? Eat your black eyed peas.

black eyed peas and cornbread

I think many can agree that 2016 was a doozy. It was a tough one for our family in many ways, and we’re not the only ones. I’ve even seen songs written about how crappy 2016 was. But we made it and are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2017! I’m not one for […]

Family holiday traditions: A simple cinnamon roll recipe full of comfort, joy, and sweetness

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While I really do try to eat healthy most of the time, I’m one of those people willing to just dig into the comfort food during the holidays. Throughout centuries and cultures, we use food to bind us together, to feel connected, and to show people we love them. I feel that food traditions during […]

Backyard chickens: Healthy treats for the winter months

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Winter is upon us, and I don’t know about your chickens, but most of our chickens are hesitant to leave the coop. “Snow. I’m not touching that stuff,” they seem to say. But we have a few brave souls who will venture out, and, if our girls are anything like they were last year, eventually, […]

Something you want and something you need: Making the holidays special on a budget

Christmas present

I always feel a sort of push and pull at Christmas time. For years, I’ve been trying to learn to live more frugally, but, in the last year, as we’ve worked to simplify and work less, sometimes, I do feel like things are a little too austere around here. I should provide context. Austere for […]

Preparing for winter power outages in rural Maine

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Brace yourselves. Winter is coming, and that means more power outages for those of us who live in rural Maine. When our family moved to rural Maine six years ago, we didn’t really know what to expect in terms of power outages. We asked a few questions about it, but what we heard didn’t prepare […]