"Unique Maine Farms," a book by Mary Quinn Doyle portraying 178 farms in text and color photographs, is scheduled for printing in September. Doyle, a teacher and photographer, volunteered to travel through Maine over the past two years to visit the farms, gathering stories and taking pictures for the book and pages on a Unique Maine Farms website. She has given slide shows and set up traveling photo exhibits of her project.

Book categories range from Native Farming and Gathering and Historic and Cultural Farms to Aquaculture and Research and School Farms.

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, Bolduc Correctional Facility Farm, and Oyster River Winegrowers in Warren. Medomak Valley High School's Seed Saving Program, Beau Chemin Preservation Farm, and Spear's Vegetable Farm in Waldoboro in Lincoln County are also featured.

Agricultural endeavors in Waldo County that are covered include Troy Howard Middle School and Maine Farmland Trust in Belfast, Bahner Farm in Belmont, and Islesboro Central School's horticultural program.

Brunswick-area operations include Milkweed Farm, Bowdoin College Organic Gardens, and Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick, Pettengill Farm and Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Chewonki Saltwater Farm and Morris Farm in Wiscasset, and Six River Farm in Bowdoinham.

Doyle felt that it was important for her book to be printed in Maine, on Maine paper. She is taking pre-orders for the book to help meet printing costs; for more information, visit www.uniquemainefarms.com.