Greetings from Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Out in the woods, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Out in the woods

    Out in the woods off-grid in-the-forest beekeeper

    I have an off-grid farm that I started building in 2005, in rural Maine.

    We raise pigs, chickens, and bees. We grow mostly perennial crops. We sell farm produce in a couple nearby markets.

    I retired from the US Navy.

    I am glad to be here on your forum :)
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  2. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Welcome from BC Canada and digital Kekistan.
    Always good to have more gardening folks in the Green Thumb section.
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  3. GOG

    GOG Free American Monkey Site Supporter

    Welcome from the great State of Jefferson.
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  4. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Welcome to the monkey!
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  5. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Welcome from the Pacific NW
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  6. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

  7. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Hello Welcome and...

  8. BlueDuck

    BlueDuck Monkey+++

    Welcome from north Idaho.
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  9. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Welcome from the Wet Coast! :D
  10. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Hello @Out in the woods, welcome to the monkey. Do you sell bee pollen? I bought some at the farmers market and it was pricey. When you say perennial crops are you referring to apples, blueberries etc?
  11. Out in the woods

    Out in the woods off-grid in-the-forest beekeeper

    Some customers want additional pollen in their honey. Most beekeepers try to filter it all out.

    I do no sell pollen separately, as it requires additional stuff to collect it.

    I have an apple orchard, plums, high bush blueberries, elderberries, grapes, ... We have about 10 acres that produce fiddleheads, and mature maples enough for about 200 taps. I am trying to establish a hedge of lovage. I have a wide assortment of nut and herb trees/shrubs, but few of them have thrived.

    I do not like prepping soil and replanting over and over every year. With perennial crops you only plant once. The problem of course then becomes dealing with the much larger harvests.
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  12. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I had never heard of that. I looked it up and will have to research some more.

    My Mom is back East and she has six blueberries that every year are loaded with fruit. She gets what she needs the calls the neighbors and family to come pick what they want. She also does the same with her quince that seem to grow wonderfully.
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  13. Out in the woods

    Out in the woods off-grid in-the-forest beekeeper

    I planted 90 blueberries [30 each of 3 varieties]. I am probably about 5 years into it with them, maybe 2/3 of the plants are producing. We fill 6 [5-gallon] buckets for ourselves and invite friends to come pick for themselves.

    I have never pruned them. I need to start pruning this spring, once the ground thaws and the snow leaves.
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  14. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Welcome From Colorado!
    I cannot get apples and pears to grow up here, but Berries thrive very well. Marion Berries, Goose berries, and Elderberries are my specialty crops, but we also have massive black berries, and raspberries as well, and we also have been cultivating our wild Strawberries which are doing very well now that they are all Proof against the wildlife up here, Including our resident berry thief Bear! We are going to try nuts this year, Filberts and Pistachios and maybe some almonds if I can get starts from my Dad.
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  15. sarawolf

    sarawolf Monkey+++

    Greetings and welcome.
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  16. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Welcome to the site! I hope you enjoy it! :)
    Sounds like you will be a great source of info, and thanks for serving!
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