"Eating Maine food can be about food you produce or forage for your own family or food that you buy. Buying locally produced food can be expensive. It's not the producer's fault usually. They charge what they need to get by. Fair enough.…"
What issues are you or your group interested or expert in?
farmland protection, health and nutrition, school gardens, home gardens, farm to restaurant, local foods marketing and distribution, other
Are you a food producer? If so, what types of food do you produce?
vegetables, apples, berry fruit, mushrooms, beer, other
If you produce foods of some sort, please choose one of the following:
I produce foods only for my own and my family's consumption
If you produce foods for sale, where or how can Mainers buy them?
I occasionally have foraged mushrooms available
Other info about Me (please mention any food, fishing, agriculture, or community groups you are affiliated with):
Forest farming with mostly native plants, trees, bushes, and mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms, edible mushroom collecting, other foraging. Member of Maine Mycological Assoc., Maine Permaculture meetup group, Maine Alternative Energy meetup group.
My immediate interest is using mycelia specifically as an insulating and binding building material. (See-- http://www.ecovativedesign.com/index.html ) Besides, why not grow portions of a structure, architecturally, so to speak? This is exactly what i want to try right away. Please allow my sudden questing... My work cycles are so varied and so involved, i cannot properly make suficient contacts in advance....
So with that said, i wonder if you can recommend or sell "seed stock" or spores to use in an effort to insulate the north wall of this greenhouse?
I plan to first install a very thin shell of ferrocement panels, to serve as the interior north-wall surface. Then, i plan to layer on a thick build of "papercrete" (paper mache). Except that it need not have high density. I might also incorporate selective bio materials, especially if these improve culturing. The exterior surface will also be thin ferrocement, formed in situ.
What i ask you, is, do you think wet, highly porous papercrete, (lots of air pockets), might provide ample growing conditions for mycelium? The temperature range wight be able to average out, between day and night. However, the fall and winter will cool and eventually freeze the exterior. Would these conditions overly-challenge hopes for success?
Please let me know if you can offer (to sell) any spores which might work.
Hi David! Thanks! We are referring buyers & sellers to the Food NOW Buying Club which buys from Crown of Maine, UNFI, Frontier Herbs (soon), and local Maine producers. The contact is Emily Graham firstname.lastname@example.org ... she is also a member of Eat Local Maine Foods. Let us know if you have trouble reaching Emily. There are abuot 40 members & growing so we can get you in touch with someone else if Emily is too busy to get back to you before too long. Thanks!
Hey, check out the size of this black trumpet. It was heavy and meaty…. We harvested 18 pounds that day. Can’t wait for spring… the snow should make great mushroom hunting.
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That was the biggest one of the season at 16 in. I dried it whole for conversation. I have not seen a larger one but did get a 14 inch as well. I got a lot this year. I have a couple of bushels of sliced dried.
"FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools) is currently running a Kickstarter for the FARMS Community Kitchen to be located on the second floor of Rising Tide. Please visit our Kickstarter page, support our project and spread the word. See:…"
This group is to facilitate connections among people and groups working directly in the Greater Portland Food System (farmers, fishermen, activists, food service, agencies, NGO's, businesses/coops, gardeners, processors, distributors/aggregators, retailers, etc.) This online group is meant to compliment the other connecting work already happening in Greater Portland.See More
Come join the Greater Portland Sustainability Council for a free mini-conference at USM on June 4 from 3 pm - 7 pm. More info by clicking here. You can come for specific topics or the whole event. Do you have a topic to present or discuss? - let us know as there will be time for "open space" discussions. Sessions will be presented on the following (go to the website for the detailed…See More
You do not have to totally re=invent the wheel. Alice Waters has been running a program that spreads from California called Edible Schoolyard. Check this out. I've also been involved teaching children how to cook garden food,…"
"There is great potential that if these bills pass those processors that comply with current regulations may be very compromised. The exemptions from state and federal laws will likely decimate Maine's current inspection system, bring the…"
As per Monique's request for dialog on the forum, I am posting links to 3 bills. I'll admit to being unclear as to what some of the reporting language means. OTP means Ought to Pass, ONTP means ought not to pass, AM is amendments, and I am going to venture a guess that Divided Report means it was split down the middle.LD 475…See More