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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, hire 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
Why Commodity Farming Is a Tough Row to Hoe
Mother Jones - 9/26/2013.
By Tom Philpott - In yesterday's post, I explained that large agribusiness corporations largely avoid the task of actually growing food, leaving it mainly to family-owned farm enterprises. Why would they do that? In short, it's because most farmers grow commodities - and the laws of supply and demand make it virtually impossible to earn big profits from them.
Major cuts of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock within reach
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - 9/26/2013.
Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Hormone disruptors rise from the dead
Nature - 9/26/2013.
By Mark Peplow - Hormone-disrupting chemicals may be far more prevalent in lakes and rivers than previously thought. Environmental scientists have discovered that although these compounds are often broken down by sunlight, they can regenerate at night, returning to life like zombies.
U.S. and Japan streamline organic trade
The Packer - 9/26/2013.
By Tom Karst - Eliminating costs and paperwork barriers, the U.S. and Japan announced an an agreement that government and industry leaders said will help organic trade increase between the two countries.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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