Monthly Archives: October 2012

What really demonizes Monsanto

It was brought to my attention recently that Monsanto is not bad–it’s just a corporation looking to make money.  At the recent MSBA meeting Monsanto affiliate Jerry Hayes spoke about the company’s desire for sustainable agriculture (you can read that post here), but if that is true then there are some seriously misguided people leading that corporate entity.  In my… Read more »

Farm focus

Samantha Burns   October 25, 2012   No Comments on Farm focus

I have been hard at work on Runamuk’s business plan this last week.  My attention is focused almost solely on next year’s big move.  Even when I am busy with other tasks, at the back of my mind there is the farm.  We have to move next year.

10 tips on how to avoid GMOs

grass-fed meat

With genetically modified ingredients in just about everything processed, it can be a daunting challenge to avoid them when you go to the grocery store.  It’s startling when you begin to realize how pervasive GM-ingredients are–it seems like they are in all of the things you love and have been eating for years!  But with a little dedication and your… Read more »

How to get started keeping bees

how to keep bees

Keeping bees is a fascinating and rewarding hobby.  For many people, once they get started they are quickly infected with what is known as “Bee-fever” and there is no turning back.  Some beekeepers are content with a single or a pair of hives in the backyard, others can’t help but grow their little apiary year after year. If you’re think… Read more »

Monsanto claims commitment to the honeybee industry

The last speaker of the day at MSBA’s annual conference was Jerry Hayes–the beekeeper who is now working for Monsanto. I couldn’t help but notice that a number of people left before Hayes got up to speak, and I happened to overhear one pair of gentlemen heatedly discussing Monsanto as they walked past me, so I am sure their departure… Read more »

Maine beekeepers converge on Portland

tony jadczak

I was downright giddy as I left the house just as the sun was coming up Saturday morning. The only vehicles on the road seemed to belong to men dressed in hunter orange, and I imagine that my excitement at going to my first-ever beekeeper’s conference surpassed their’s at a prospective day of hunting. It took me two hours to… Read more »

Making the connection: Honeybees and you

Today I’m off to Reddington Memorial Home in Skowhegan to talk to the elderly folks there about bees and beekeeping.  It’s safe to say that this is one of my favorite aspects of being president of the Somerset Beekeepers.  People are naturally curious about beekeeping, it seems to hold some mystique and allure.  Perhaps it’s the idea of thousands of… Read more »

How GM-foods affect the body

In the first post of my series on GMOs (which you can read here), I explained that genetically modified organisms are plants that have had foreign genes inserted into their DNA. While not all impacts of GM-foods have been fully researched, specific aspects of how the altered foods may be affecting our bodies have been documented.  Many doctors and scientists… Read more »

How to make your own granola cereal

homemade granola

Cereal is getting to be quite expensive at the grocery store, and if you take a look at the list of ingredients you you might find yourself wondering at the necessity of it all. I mean–what is tripotassium phosphate anyway? I looked it up–tripotassium phosphate is an emulsifier or foaming agent used in food processing. Besides that is the fact… Read more »

What’s the problem with GMOs?

MaizeFI

October is GMO awareness month.  In order to raise awareness of GMOs and in participation of Non-GMO Awareness month, I’ve put together a series of blog-posts to help inform those who may not know why this is such a big deal. What is GMO? GMO stands for genetically modified organisms, and they are plants that have had foreign genes from… Read more »