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Updated: May 27, 2024 From the Editor

Editor's Note: It takes a village to cover a village

Photo / Jim Neuger Renee Cordes, Mainebiz senior reporter, cradles a baby goat at Ten Apple Farm in Gray.

The Mainebiz Locally Grown focus is a good opportunity to demonstrate how an issue like this comes together.

Most of the stories in the issue focus on farmers, growers and small-scale food producers. Many of the subjects are in rural areas of Maine. And that prompted our writers and contributing photographers to get on the backroads to do their visits and photo shoots.

For our cover story, Senior Writer Renee Cordes visited orchards and tulip fields as far, um, afield as Acton, in York County, and Gray, in Cumberland County. Photographer Jim Neuger (Renee’s husband) accompanied her to Acton and Gray, while photographer Fred Field made the trek to another farm, in Bremen, Lincoln County. See their results on the cover and in the story, “Charms of the farm,” which starts on Page 12.

Mainebiz contributing photographer Jim Neuger on a photo shoot with Jessi Chmielewski, a tulip grower in Acton, York County.

For the story on Maine Grains, Staff Writer Alexis Wells made the two-hour drive to Skowhegan, while photographer Field made a separate trip to the site. The Maine Grains story starts on Page 18.

For the story on the USDA’s changes in hardiness growing zones, photographer Tim Greenway made the journey to Richmond, in Sagadahoc County, to handle the photo shoot at Pleasant Pond Orchard. In this case, Mainebiz freelance writer Bridget Reed Morawski, who is based in Washington, D.C., handled the interviews remotely. See her story on Page 16.

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