Benton farm among growing industry of hemp producers September 10th, 2018 | Joy Hollowell | (c) WABI Channel 5 BENTON, Maine (WABI) - Two years ago, we featured Wild Folk Farm in Benton and their efforts to put Maine on the map for growing rice. Today, their rice harvest is [...]
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In Maine, Industrial Hemp is the Crop to Watch June 24, 2018 | Mary Pols | Staff Writer | (c) Portland Press Herald Farmer Ben Rooney spent several days last week rushing around Wild Folk Farm in Benton planting 300 seedlings of Maine’s trendiest new crop, industrial hemp. “We’re kind of in the heat [...]
Rice Production Takes Root in Maine April 7, 2016 | Jennifer Osborn | (c) Ellsworth American BLUE HILL — Rice production may bring thoughts of the Southern U.S. or the Far East reaches of the world, but homesteaders near Waterville are embarking on their third successful rice-growing season. Ben Rooney and David Gulak [...]
Yes, it has been a long time since our last update! Speaking of long, lets talk about long grain rice. We grew some! Diamante, a long grain from Chile is currently drying in our hoop house. The longer grain, on the left of the first picture firs below is Diamante. The one on the [...]
We started with five grams of seed in 2012 from the USDA. It was an experiment. Two shovels, two friends, and lot of slip-sliding through wet clay and we had a rice paddy, no larger than a kiddie pool. Our dreams were big. Interested in grain growing for a while, Wild Folk’s site conditions [...]