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Avesta Housing hires Mindy Woerter as communications manager

Avesta Housing hires Mindy Woerter as communications manager

Avesta Housing, northern New England’s largest nonprofit affordable housing developer, has hired Mindy Woerter as its new communications manager.

In this newly created position, Mindy will oversee the organization’s media relations, online presence and branding initiatives. She has more than 10 years’ experience in journalism and most recently was online editor at Mainebiz in Portland.

A Topsham native, Mindy now lives in Durham.

About Avesta Housing

Avesta Housing is celebrating 40 years of providing and advocating for affordable housing. An award-winning agency, Avesta has grown to become the largest nonprofit developer in northern New England and one of the country’s most innovative leaders in affordable housing. Avesta manages a portfolio of more than 1,900 apartments in 31 Maine communities including Portland, Windham, Bridgton, Rockland and Kennebunk.

Bean Harvest.

Bean Harvest.

After the disaster of the previous blight we experienced we've had a successful harvest of the the beans in the other row that survived!  We froze about 20 cups of grean beans.  We blanched them in boiling water for 3 minutes and then cooled them in an ice water bath before packing.  This brief cooking period slows down the enzymatic actions that start working as soon as you pick the beans.  If left unchecked these enzymes will deteriorate the flavor and color of the end product.

Bean blight! Eradicating failed crops.

Bean blight!  Eradicating failed crops.

Tragedy!  Our entire row of Vermont Cranberry beans have picked up some sort of disease!  All the pods have black spots on them.  We've never had a crop failure like this one.  It's just so heartbreaking but what must be done is all these plants have to be pulled up and hauled away.  There's no other way around it.  We also have to do this so that no other plants get the same disease especially other green beans.  In fact we have another variety of green been in the garden adjacent to this one so it is especially important to get these diseased plants out as quick as possible.  This is another reason why it's a good thing to diversify where you plant your vegetables.  If you're going to plant two different varieties of say tomatoes it may be a good idea to separate them a bit.  That way if one gets a disease the other may have a better chance for survival.

Making Hay - Part 3

Making Hay - Part 3

I took the hay out of the trailer and put it in a big pile called a "rick".  With a little care this thing could be made water proof but for now I'm just going to cover it with a tarp.  The quantity was quite a lot more than I expected but I'll make use of it!

Bees - Part 4

Bees - Part 4

I've put the honey super and screened bottom board on my hive!  The upper deep hive body had a lot of honey production going on in it and the lower deep body had lots of good looking brood so I think the hive is doing pretty well!

Bees - Part 3

Bees - Part 3

I'm adding more equipment to my hive!  A honey super, a screened bottom board and a queen excluder.  What's that?  Watch the video!

Making Hay - Part 1

Making Hay - Part 1

I decided on a whim to try to do a little haying this year.  And I mean a LITTLE!  In all it's probably not even equivalent to two bales of hay but what the heck!  I noticed that the field where the meat birds had been last year grew grass way taller than it had in previous years.  Doubtless that is due to all the manure the birds put down!  I also know that where my house sits was originally a hay field!  So I cut the hay using my Gravely and put it in windrows to dry!  More later!