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Meet Amy Dodge of MOFGA certified organic Fox Moon Farm at Indian Ridge in Addison. Dodge raises vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and annual cut flowers, which she sells through the Machias Marketplace, Jonesport Farmers’ Market, Perry Harvest Festival, Machias Harvest Festival and from her farm. Dodge says she takes a holistic approach to gardening and farming and strives for diversity in her systems. Visit Fox Moon Farm on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Irving Certification Valuation
Maine Environmental Policy Institute - 12/18/2014.
Mitch Lansky, founder of the Maine Low-Impact Forestry Project and author of “Low-Impact Forestry: Forestry as if the Future Mattered,” recently submitted a paper called “Irving Certification Valuation” to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global, multi-stakeholder forestry organization with a mission to "promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests." Certification by FSC of wood products, traced through chain of custody to "sustainable" forest practices, is required for many "green" building and paper programs. In the United States and Canada alone, FSC certifies nearly 173 million acres. Yet, says Lansky, J. D. Irving Ltd. – whose forestry practices in Maine are FSC certified – uses short rotations “that look suspiciously like plantations” rather than natural forests; uses more herbicides than all other forest landowners in Maine combined; is managing for stand structures that are vulnerable to spruce budworm; was cutting more than its forests were growing; and was not treating its contractors in socially responsible ways. Read and download Lansky’s in-depth analysis (Word document) at http://www.meepi.org/lif/Irvingrecertification.doc.
Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture
Thompson Reuters - 12/16/2014.
By Chris Arsenault - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.
“Farming with Native Beneficial Insects” Means Solving for Pattern
Resilience - 12/16/2014.
By Adrian Ayres Fisher, Ecological Gardening - Our culture is awash in pink slime solutions. If you’ve seen "Food, Inc.," you’ll recognize this as "solving" the problem of E. coli in ground beef by concocting an ammonia-containing additive (pink slime) and then building large factories to incorporate it into the beef before it goes to the consumer. Other examples abound.
Protect Seed Libraries
The Cornucopia Institute - 12/16/2014.
Source: Legalize Seeds - After Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture adopted a policy restricting the Simpson Seed Library in Mechanicsburg, PA from sharing locally saved seed, several states have followed suit, threatening the continued existence of seed libraries.
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