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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
Is organic farming really everything its advocates claim?
Portland Press Herald - 1/13/2011.
Op-ed by Mike Bendzela – Gorham: Who's responsible for dichotomizing the farm industry into "conventional" and "organic" enclaves? The organic farming movement, of course, in which the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association plays a key role.
Technology is new helper down on the farm
Bangor Daily News - 1/13/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta: Farmers and producers at the 70th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show this week said technology has changed how farming is done in Maine. From computer microchips inside cows’ collars that alert the farmer if milk production slacks off to global positioning systems that enable potato farmers to use less pesticides, technology is making Maine farms more efficient and saving precious profits.
A climate-friendly farm bill
Other Words - 1/13/2011.
By Julia Olmstead – We’re in a rut when it comes to taking action on climate change. Congress has stalled on passing climate legislation. International negotiators failed to agree on binding emission cuts in Cancun late last year. And it's unclear whether the EPA will have the power to regulate greenhouse gases. Fortunately, we have a tool to help us make a real impact on slowing climate change: the Farm Bill.
The ‘food bubble’ is bursting, says Lester Brown, and biotech won’t save us
Grist - 1/12/2011.
By Tom Philpott – For years – even decades – Earth Policy Institute president and Grist contributor Lester Brown has issued Cassandra-like warnings about the global food system. His argument goes something like this: Global grain demand keeps rising, pushed up by population growth and the switch to more meat-heavy diets; but grain production can only rise so much, constrained by limited water and other resources. So, a food crisis is inevitable.
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