Aaron Bell and his wife Carly DelSignore founded Tide Mill Organic Farm 15 years ago on the shores of Cobscook Bay in Edmunds in Washington County. With a herd of 60 milking cows, dairy production represents 50 percent of the farm's operations. Chickens, pigs and gardening making up the other half.
The small family farm expanded in 2007 with a major contract for organic milk. Although the marketing has been difficult with a change in the dairy it supplies, Tide Mill is now selling in bulk to Horizon.
Just down the road, Aaron’s cousin Rachel Bell and her husband Nate Horton own and manage Tide Mill Creamery, founded in 2010 on the land that is part of the nine-generation family farm. That operation processes over 150 gallons of milk a week in the winter and 250 in the summer. Organic yogurt and kefir represent 70 percent of the products. The farm is growing, with a herd of 70 goats, several pigs and a cheese "cave."
Coverage of Washington County is supported by a grant from the Eaton Foundation.
A late-April ruling by the Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) meant blood samples taken in island health care clinics could no longer be transported by ferry crews and captains. But after the May 7 meeting of the Ferry Advisory Board, the MSFS agreed to investigate how to comply with federal and other regulations regarding the practice.
I lived through the digital revolution—or thought I had until I read this book. Being a child of the 1950s and '60s, I had assumed that computers, email, Google and the World Wide Web were all creatures brought to life by my own generation; since Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were, in fact, younger than me, it was only natural to conclude that they had invented the digital world we now live in.