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Old 01-13-2008, 07:15 AM
 
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Debt load a growing concern in Maine

 
Old 01-13-2008, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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Interesting article. It's sad when people end up on hard times, but at least she has SS in addition to a pension which is something that those of us past the baby boomers won't have.
 
Old 01-13-2008, 08:10 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Agree. Some of us have already hit up our pensions/401Ks early on just to be able to afford food NOW. Great article though, thanks for sharing! This seems to be something we are seeing all over the country...
 
Old 01-13-2008, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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An important point not to miss in that article is that Maine has the lowest bankruptcy rate in the country. People here adapt to changing circumstances.
 
Old 01-13-2008, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Agree. Some of us have already hit up our pensions/401Ks early on just to be able to afford food NOW. Great article though, thanks for sharing! This seems to be something we are seeing all over the country...
Food is going to continue to get increasingly expensive. I hope it means more people get back to real food instead of processed. It's much less expensive and healthier.
 
Old 01-13-2008, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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There was an article in the Bangor Daily News last summer about people gardening more and farmer's markets. The author predicted a return to family farms because of the huge cost increases ion fuel and delivery costs. We fly in a lot of food from places like Chile and Argentina. Now we fly apples from Red China. They fly right over the orchards in Washington State on the way to Chicago.

I have a survival garden. No, it isn't because I'm a survivalist. It's because my vegetables need to be survivalists to make it. Nobody would be likely to raid my garden because it doesn't look like a regular garden with weeded rows of bare soil. I just keep track of the days and harvest when the crops are due.

Anybody got a single bottom or double bottom 3 point hitch plow they want to sell? I want to expand and my 40 year old rototiller is on its last legs.
 
Old 01-13-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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We fly in a lot of food from places like Chile and Argentina. Now we fly apples from Red China. They fly right over the orchards in Washington State on the way to Chicago
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When we were in Hancock county in sep/oct, there a lots of apples on the ground/trees,
It must be easier to pick apples from super market than on the ground under trees.

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I have a survival garden. No, it isn't because I'm a survivalist. It's because my vegetables need to be survivalists to make it. Nobody would be likely to raid my garden because it doesn't look like a regular garden with weeded rows of bare soil. I just keep track of the days and harvest when the crops are due
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my style of garden and hope bugs are generous enough to leave some for us to eat.
 
Old 01-13-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I have a survival garden. No, it isn't because I'm a survivalist. It's because my vegetables need to be survivalists to make it. Nobody would be likely to raid my garden because it doesn't look like a regular garden with weeded rows of bare soil. I just keep track of the days and harvest when the crops are due.
Sounds like my garden, when I do one. Plant and pick.
 
Old 01-13-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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When we were in Hancock county in sep/oct, there a lots of apples on the ground/trees, It must be easier to pick apples from super market than on the ground under trees.
With all due respect, those were crab apples.

Often inedible.
 
Old 01-13-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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With all due respect, those were crab apples.

Often inedible.
But not to deer and other critters.
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