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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bumper crop of books on growing food
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Tom Atwell – An author gets a hot idea, perfect for the market at the moment. But then the book has to be written, edited, designed, published and delivered. And maybe the idea isn't as hot anymore. That probably explains why the mailbox this year has been filled with books about growing food – fruits, vegetables and herbs in containers, raised beds and the old-fashioned garden plot.
Maine observer: strawberry season sneaking north
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Richard C. Dillihunt – With spring looming, thoughts turn again to those cherub-like brilliant red bulbous fruits crouching low beneath protecting leaves, and wearing their seeds on the outside, in defiance of Mother Nature: strawberries!
Tips to help start the gardening season right
Bangor Daily News - 4/10/2010.
By Reeser Manley – Weather permitting, peas will be sown in Marjorie’s garden this weekend. The soil temperature at pea depth in the bed where they will grow peaked at 50 degrees during the day on Easter, the bare minimum for sowing peas, but it has been a warm week. It is time.
Seven food and resources crises on the horizon, and what you can do about it
Alternet - 4/9/2010.
By Roberta Cruger –The Organic Center's chief scientist Dr. Charles Benbrook recently spelled out seven serious problems that don't bode well for our health, natural resources, and climate change. While Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and Michelle Obama's campaign are trying to bring awareness to the lousy American diet, TOC examines the adverse results of agricultural policies and practices. Dr. Benbrook lists the rise of "super weeds," ineffective antibiotics, and autism as examples, offering solutions we can do and changes for farms and the government.
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