Check out this awesome rice growing project in Maine by Wild Folk Farm. Their goal is to get as many farmers and folks eating and growing rice throughout Maine, the Maritimes, and the Northeast. They are developing an educational, research and commercialized rice operation as currently there are no commercial rice growers in the state, and only a sprinkling of homesteading rice practices. Most domestic rice farms in the United States are monocultures that rely heavily on fossil fuel-driven mechanized cultivation and harvesting processes, and chemical sprays and fertilizers. Their proposed systems on the other hand are ecologically beneficial and symbiotic, adaptable to otherwise inaccessible farmland (low-lying wet clay soils), void of chemical inputs, and after initial excavation of the paddy areas, non-reliant on fuel-driven tools and machines. Arsenic is not an issue in our rice.
Two years of results have already indicated higher yields, reduced input costs, and beautiful cultures. In creating wetlands they have provided homes for many threatened species. Like a fresh, local, heirloom tomato, their rice varieties are rich in flavor. However, it will take them additional capital and energy to create the system, as well as time and research to figure out what methodologies and varieties work best in this region. Hence indiegogo!
Read more about Wild Folk farm and their indiegogo campaign HERE. Or alternatively you can visit the farm in Benton Maine, they love visitors!