…or should that be a lobster shell? …
I have had a great stay in the Pine Tree State. And have learned a lot about farming and the people involved in the “local food movement” (I always put that in quotes because I think it is a silly name but an easy identifier)!
Well, first, let’s get a few things out in the open. Maine is apparently the only state in the US with a name only one syllable long. And it is also the easternmost state as well as the only state which only borders one other US state. If you know differently, let me know. Or take it up with Wikipedia.
I came up here to attend The Kneading Conference. I made a very quick decision to take the trip and there has been a lot about it that has been quite serendipitous. So, yay for spontaneity!
The conference itself was incredibly jammed full of information about growing wheat as well as the other stages necessary in getting it to your table. I have a lot to process (ha ha) and will be posting full coverage of the conference in the coming days.
When I first arrived in Maine I had gotten to talking to the lady at the front desk of my hotel. I mentioned that I am a journalist and write a blog on farming. So, yesterday morning she pulled me over to show me a story in a local paper about a lady farmer in a neighboring town – Mary Perry’s Winterberry farm in Belgrade, ME.
I love it when people tell me stories about farms – and it does happen quite a lot, which feels quite positive about the turning of the tide in favor of more farming.
Anyway, today I headed over to the Winterberry farm and found it to be a really nice farm. It is organic – which is the only way Mary knows how to farm. And, there is no tractor – everything is done with a literal horse power.
Oh, and Mary is originally from Connecticut!
I will be doing a separate blog entry on Mary and her farm.
Although, unfortunately, I realized some time later that while I had taken several pictures at the farm, there were none of Mary herself. I do have photos with her cute little four-year-old daughter, Sage. And lots of images of cute animals.
After visiting with them, I headed over to the staging grounds for the conference to take in the end of the artisan bread fair which was being held in connection with the conference. I spoke at some length with Wendy Hebb, a great lady and the conference organizer, and got some wise insights regarding the “local food movement.”
Finally, I asked around for a tranquil, non-touristy spot to spend a little time. I ended up visiting a local Skowhegan park and getting a nice view of the mighty Kennebec River.
Stay tuned in the coming days for complete coverage … Hopefully, my Internet will be working when I get back home.
Oh, finally, it has been suggested that I start a mailing list to notify people of new blog posts. If you are interested, please send me a message at email@example.com and I will put you on the list.