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SIXTY-YEAR DEMONSTRATION OF ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY. This photo describes a f…

SIXTY-YEAR DEMONSTRATION OF ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY. This photo describes a fascinating demonstration of true sustainability. The caption below offers the explanation.
We haven’t used the term “sustainability much since it was co-opted decades-ago by Big Ag as a catch-all justification for ANY practice so long as it makes someone money in the short term.
Originally, ‘sustainability’ and ‘ecological sustainability’ were one and the same. ‘Sustainability’ was a term then used by ecological (organic) farmers to describe their vision and their practices which distilled down to universal good and stability over the long term.
Then, Industrial Ag – threatened for supremacy by the concept… More

In 1960, David Latimer planted a tiny garden inside of a large glass bottle and sealed it shut. He opened the bottle 12 years later in 1972 to add some water and then sealed it for good. The self contained ecosystem has flourished for nearly 60 years.
For those who are wondering how this is even possible: the garden is a perfectly balanced and self-sufficient ecosystem. The bacteria in the compost eats the dead plants and breaks down the oxygen that is released by the plants, turning it into carbon dioxide, which is needed for photosynthesis. The bottle is essentially a microcosm of earth.



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AMERICA LOOKING AHEAD 70 YEARS: INSIGHT DEPLOYING THE KOPPEN-GEIGER CLIMATE CLAS…

AMERICA LOOKING AHEAD 70 YEARS: INSIGHT DEPLOYING THE KOPPEN-GEIGER CLIMATE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM. Remarkable, highly granular climate predictions (https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CVPtyN0AE4U/WBsq0gdV-mI/AAAAAAAA9Rc/2ewXsVcfq6IOSRhtuDnkW-Rzy0EykWl1ACLcB/s1600/US_CS_A1B_vividmaps.gif) for every location in North America for the Years 2030, 2050, 2070, 2080, 2090 and 2100.
Here’s a primer taken from this VERY complete Wikipedia explanation (including numerous geographical examples) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6ppen_climate_classification) of the Koppen Climate Classification for the entire world: “The Köppen climate classification divides climates into five main climate groups, with each… More



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EVERYTHING IS BLACK AND WHITE. This is a shot taken from inside our still-unde…

EVERYTHING IS BLACK AND WHITE. This is a shot taken from inside our still-under-construction expanded Packing Shed and Office. The vantage is looking upward through the wooden roof trusses and wood 2×4 strapping to which the completed metal Standing Seam Roofing is screwed into. The outside of the roof is brown and the underside is white. However, that underside is hidden by the placement of black synthetic fabric over the strapping. The underlayment has the job of preventing moist air from condensing on the cold metal and then ‘raining’ inside the building.
The roof was put up prior to Thanksgiving, so we had the protection we needed with our first 4″ snowfall that arrived on Friday. Caleb, Jim & Megan



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“MAINE POTATO HARVEST STARCH FACTORY.” Caribou, Maine. Circa 1940. Another pho…

“MAINE POTATO HARVEST STARCH FACTORY.” Caribou, Maine. Circa 1940. Another photo by Jack Delano. He was employed by the U.S. Farm Security Administration and part of a small team of photographers who roamed across America and were tasked with capturing visual images of rural America, to document the rural way of life.. They plied their trade during the Great Depression.
Mr. Delano observed that almost 50 trucks were lined up on that Aroostook County day. Some farmers had waited in-line 24 hours for their chance to sell potatoes to the Starch Factory. Once they had secured their spot in line, evidently chewing the fat with fellow farmers was a good way to help pass the time. Caleb, Megan & Jim



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THE FIRE BEFORE THE SNOW. Earlier today we put away equipment and cleaned up th…

THE FIRE BEFORE THE SNOW. Earlier today we put away equipment and cleaned up the yard in anticipation of our first Winter snowstorm.
Time will tell whether we receive the half-foot-plus predicted last night by the holiday forecasters who worked the Thanksgiving Day shift at the Weather Service office in Caribou.
Here Caleb is taking worn out pallet boxes and dropping them on top of the bonfire. Typically the bottoms have rotted out and when the floors become so weak that they can’t support the pallet box itself it’s time to go.
Some of these pallet boxes we built ourselves 25 years ago after crossing the ‘line’ and going over to the hardwood mill in ‘the Province’ (Canada) and buying pallet wood. We plan on getting ten years use and abuse out of a wooden pallet box. So those that have given us 25 years worth of service went above and beyond the call of duty.
So far, 2″ of snow accumulation here with more on the way. The radio said parts of Vermont are due to get a foot. Caleb, Megan & Jim



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“THE POTATO HARVEST.” Circa 1882. Watercolor by British artist Thomas James Ll…

“THE POTATO HARVEST.” Circa 1882. Watercolor by British artist Thomas James Lloyd (1849-1910).
“Thomas James Lloyd was a talented British watercolor painter who was particularly interested in landscape, genre, and marine subject matter. He lived amongst his favorite scenes: London, Walmer Beach, and Yapton Sussex. He drew much of his inspiration from the idyllic English countryside with its views of 19th century rural life.”
Happy Thanksgiving! Caleb, Megan & Jim



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IT TAKES GOOD TECHNIQUE, DETERMINATION AND THE RIGHT TOOLS TO GET A JOB DONE ON …


IT TAKES GOOD TECHNIQUE, DETERMINATION AND THE RIGHT TOOLS TO GET A JOB DONE ON A FAMILY FARM. Imagine the confidence and pride this young boy has already earned (0:28) from learning and enjoying how to do a good job while working together with his family.
These folks in Asia are harvesting Chinese Cabbage. Caleb, Megan & Jim
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