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potato flowers imageWelcome to Moose Tubers. Our selection of certified seed potatoes and Dutch onion and shallot sets is in its 28th year. We’ve chosen our favorites of the humble, ground-grubbing spuds primarily for vigor in the field. If the description sounds like we’re excited, it’s because these potatoes perform really well in our trials. All-time-favorite crew picks for a few years running are Magic Molly for beauty, Elba for sheer size and taste perfection, and Gold Rush Russet for being reliably defect-free and large. Joe Fortin wrote from East Calais, VT, to tell us about his yield of 39 pounds from one pound of French Fingerling seed. “When you say ‘bulletproof heavy yields’ in your catalog you just ain’t whistling Dixie.” Thanks!

We still carry the old favorites even though, in another note we received, Norman Blake attests that Augusta “beats the stuffin out of Yukon Gold.”

As always, our onion and shallot sets come from Netherland Bulb Company, a premier dealer of Dutch allium sets. We are scouting local and organic growers for these listings, so please inquire.

So much of the agricultural struggle is dealing with loss. The consistent attempts to tamp down situational fires keeps farming an engaging occupation, but certainly not devoid of harsh consequences. First noticing a spore or two of blight in your too-bushy cherry-tomato field can settle the wind right beneath your sails. Potato beetles always need killing and, yes, heavy load of winter squash this year, so we better get it out of the field, fast.

The loving words of Russell Libby persist in the present moment.

“If the world we know is to crumble
the world we create can only start where we are”

pile of potatoes pictureHis acknowledgement of the present as a solid foundation for a safe and healthy future reassures me. Russell’s push for development in small-time Maine agriculture, especially organic, moved a large number of diverse and upstart farms into production growing. Russell’s establishment of MOFGA’s Organic Farmer Loan Fund helped a maturing generation of farmers to develop the framework they needed to start growing infra-structurally and economically. With a chance to develop viable farming enterprises, these entrepreneurs pounced on the Maine economy with an incredible volume of produce, meat and dairy, showing up at farmers markets and smaller grocery stores. $5–20,000 loans, backed by MOFGA, orchestrated by Bangor Savings Bank, and awarded to those with a cohesive business plan and local credibility, allow new businesses with developing markets a chance to succeed. And Russell found time to meet with applicants privately to offer words of wisdom, strategic advice and kind encouragement. These loans, one of Russell’s plans to end our dependency on the “Road Runner Economy,” gave folks transitioning into agriculture a bit of capital to build a walk-in cooler, buy a box truck, get a grain bin, pour a slab for a packing shed, whatever they could plan and execute.

The poem continues,

“My last breath will still carry hope
for the future,
and love for the present, and you,
though many dark days may yet pass.”

So let’s give thanks for Russell Libby by offering up what we already have, our current assets and liabilities, as the ground for solutions as we face the future. May his grace and bravery persist.

Good luck growing.
Margaret Liebman

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