Land-access is one of the biggest challenges facing beginning farmers today, and one that I have certainly struggled with as I’ve worked to build my income from farming. Runamuk has moved a number of times and it is always such an ordeal that─to make light of the situation─I’ve come to refer to these transitions as the “GreatFarmMove”. I am overjoyed and… Read more »
Runamuk invites local and green businesses to advertise with us on this blog-site. This site showcases Runamuk’s agricultural business with info about our farm, gardens, apiary, and beeswax products. But it also focuses on sustainable living, organic farming and gardening, pollinator and wildlife conservation, beekeeping, even homeschooling and the communities of central Maine. Therefore we attract a wide variety of… Read more »
It’s been a while since I last posted, and I don’t have the time to do it now, either. But for those of you who might follow this blog on a regular basis, I just wanted to give you a brief up-date. Runamuk is in hot pursuit of a loan so that we can establish a foundation at our new… Read more »
From the sale of my first batch of soaps and salves and lip balms I managed to purchase more ingredients from a wholesale distributor I found online. Essential Wholesale specializes in ingredients for soaps and cosmetics, they offer organic as well as mainstream products, and they arrived yesterday by UPS in the midst of the snow-storm. This is one of… Read more »
I’ve spent a lot of time lately playing with beeswax. And I say it that way because it’s just so much fun melting the oils and wax to create salves, and soaps, and all sorts of great stuff. Back in February I participated in a salve-making workshop with a wonderful older woman by the name of Gerta who studied with… Read more »
Today’s the day! I’ll be on the road in an hour–to spend all day listening to people talk about bees and beekeeping!
Homeschooling is becoming more mainstream, but secular homeschooling, particularly secular homeschooling without religion, remains a lonely endeavor in central Maine. We live in an area the locals refer to as the Foothills Region, which seems to be a no-man’s land for organizations and groups. On the coast we have the Homeschoolers of Maine, a Christian-based homeschool affiliation meant to include… Read more »
Mainly because of population sprawl and habitat loss, scientists say that roughly twenty-percent of the Earth’s plant population is under threat. This article from DiscoveryNews talks about those threats facing plant species. In fact, in a recent study which classified some 4000 species, 22 percent were classed as threatened. This is a scary thought, since the effects of the loss… Read more »