Mary Quinn Doyle, a Maine writer, photographer and certified teacher, volunteered to travel throughout Maine over the past two years to visit 178 farms. She wrote stories about each of the farms and took many photos and created complimentary webpages on the Unique Maine Farms' website. She has conducted slideshows and discussions and set up traveling photo exhibits of her project. Her book, “Unique Maine Farms,” is scheduled to be printed in September.

The 12 stories in the book that focus on farms or farm-related endeavors that are located in Waldo County include Troy Howard Middle School and Maine Farmland Trust in Belfast; Bahner Farm in Belmont; Entwood Bonsai in Burnham; Freedom Farm in Freedom; Islesboro Central School in Islesboro; New Beat Farm and Thor-Knox Farm in Knox; Super Chilly Farm in Palermo; Veggies for All and Mackie Family Farm in Unity; and Butch Gerald Jacobs' farm in Waldo.

The five farms in Knox County included in the book are the Chestnut Restoration Project at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden; Avena Botanicals and Aldermere Farm in Rockport; and Bolduc Correctional Facility Farm and Oyster River Winegrowers, both in Warren.

Doyle felt that it was important for her 296-page book to be printed in Maine, on Maine paper. The book profiles 178 Maine farms and contains 440 color photographs. To help meet printing costs, she is taking pre-orders for the book. Information about pre-ordering can be found online at

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