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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ivelisse Rivera, farm manager at MOFGA certified organic Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro. Darthia Farm is owned by Cynthia and Bill Thayer, who, with their family, hired help and MOFGA apprentices, raise produce, herbs and livestock and sell their produce, fiber products, and jams, jellies and other goods from their commercial kitchen at their farm store, at farmers' markets, through their CSA and through their catalog.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organophosphates: A Common But Deadly Pesticide
National Geographic - 7/18/2013.
By Ker Than - The pesticides blamed for killing at least 25 children in India are widely used around the world, including in the United States, and health experts have raised safety concerns about this class of chemicals in the past.
What Maine Can Teach the Rest of the Country About Farming
Modern Farmer - 7/18/2013.
By Tom Wolf - Forget Stephen King and lobster rolls. The really impressive thing about Maine? Farms are being started at a rate nearly four times faster than the national average, the average age of its farmers is below the national – and rapidly greying – average (and keep in mind Maine is the most geriatric state in the Union), and it boasts one of the highest organic-to-conventional-farm ratios in the United States.
Backyard Farms replants entire tomato crop, will be out of markets until October
Bangor Daily News - 7/18/2013.
By Whit Richardson - Backyard Farms, which grows 27 million pounds of tomatoes a year in its greenhouses in Madison, last week began to rip up its entire crop of half a milion tomato plants in an effort to eradicate an infestation of white flies.
Celebrating Maine malts, wheat, and wood-baked bread
Portland Phoenix - 7/18/2013.
By Laura McClandish - In An Everlasting Meal, chef Tamar Adler urges us to build whole meals around bread, the staff of life, as our ancestors once did. “Our lives don’t lean against it anymore,” she laments. “We’ve decided that bread is bad for us.”
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May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

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