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Growing cranberries from seed can result in unusual fruits – such as his albino that Harker grew. English photo for the 2004-2005 Winter Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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Growing organic cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is very much a joint venture for these high school sweethearts who have been married for 39 years, Linda said. Both have full-time jobs – Rick in construction, Linda as a dental hygienist – and they drive to Maine to work with the cranberries most weekends from April through November. Before building their work shed with small living quarters, they spent their Maine weekends in a trailer beside the farm pond.

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Cranberries may reduce neuronal damage associated with strokes. Research at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, offers a compelling reason for recent stroke victims and those at risk for stroke to consume cranberries.

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John HarkerJohn Harker thinks that our native cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon, is “probably one of the better crops to grow organically.” He explained its culture at the 2004 Common Ground Country Fair. When he isn’t growing or lecturing about cranberries, Harker is a business development specialist with the Maine Department of Agriculture.

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John Lasell, editor of Maine Cranberry News, has handed me a couple of issues of that newsletter at the last couple of MOFGA meetings that we’ve both attended.

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