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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

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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
Case for g-e salmon doesn’t hold water
Portland Press Herald - 10/13/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – If you happened to catch my column last week, you'll recall that I wrote about the bid by biotech firm AquaBounty to get its fast-growing, genetically engineered Atlantic salmon approved by the Food and Drug Administration. I discussed the company's submission of sloppy research and the FDA's disregard of public comment on the matter.
A rare opportunity for these fruits, veggies
Portland Press Herald - 10/13/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Bowdoinham: Chris Cavendish clipped a bright, stunning red pepper from a group of about 30 plants he tended this year at Fishbowl Farm. He took a big bite right where he stood, and the Jimmy Nardello sweet Italian frying pepper, named after a 19th-century seed saver, rewarded him with a satisfying crunch and burst of flavor.
A crisp in the middle makes a rich apple pie
Bangor Daily News - 10/13/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Last week we had an Apple Galette that was pie-like, but this week we have an actual apple pie – a rich version of one. I picked this recipe up in 1974, which makes it practically antique. It is luscious with a meltingly gooey apple filling. When I assemble it I’m reminded that the recipe seems to call for an apple crisp between piecrusts.
Scarborough looks at limits on pesticides
Portland Press Herald - 10/11/2010.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough will consider restricting the use of weed killers and other chemicals on municipal property.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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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