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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bounty of sea grows in Maine waves
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2012.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough - In the waning days of his commercial fishing career, when Tom Roth needed to justify his purchase of another boat, he decided to harvest rockweed, which lobster businesses use for packing. Six years later, Roth and his wife, Kelly, preside over an expanding business. VitaminSea's offerings now include energy bars studded with blueberries, dark chocolate and kelp, supplements for animals, a seasoning mix, and sea vegetables like alaria, konbu and dulse.
Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Growers
The New York Times - 12/31/2012.
By Jim Robbins - Worm compost (vermicompost) can help plant resist pests and become established faster. Different kinds of worm compost (e.g., made from cow manure vs. vegetable waste) have different properties.
Maine farmers tap technology to grow organic mushroom business
Bangor Daily News - 12/31/2012.
By Lori Valigra - A startup company in Springvale, Maine, called Farming Fungi LLC is growing organic, culinary mushrooms indoors to ensure a year-round supply of fresh produce.
Cal-Maine's Net Falls 39% on Higher Feed Costs
Wall Street Journal - 12/31/2012.
By Melodie Warner - Fiscal second-quarter earnings for Cal-Maine Foods Inc. fell 39% due to higher feed costs (resulting from the summer drought, which raised corn prices to record highs) and acquisition expenses. Cal-Maine is the largest U.S. producer and distributor of fresh-shell eggs. Its brands include Eggland's Best, Farmhouse and 4-Grain.
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June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

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June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

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