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Sean Hagan of Left Field Farm in Bowdoinham


Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Sean Hagan of Left Field Farm in Bowdoinham. This MOFGA certified organic farm sells vegetables, herbs, flowers and strawberries through its CSA, at the South Portland Farmers’ Market, and to local restaurants and stores, including, in Brunswick, at Local, Morning Glory, Tao-Yuan and Wild Oats; and in South Portland, at Scratch Baking Co. and Enio’s. “We farm with the philosophy that good quality produce starts with healthy soil, striving to farm in a manner that maintains and even improves soil health for the future,” says Sean. Website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Roundup weed killer is showing up in air and water
Grist - 9/13/2011.
By Jess Zimmerman – Hey, what's even better than weed killer being sprayed on crops you eventually eat? How about if it then ends up in air, water, and even rain? AWESOME. I SEE NO POSSIBLE DOWN SIDE TO THIS PLAN. Seriously, this is pretty alarming news: Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have detected the active ingredient of Roundup, a chemical called glyphosate, in waterways, air, and rain. On the one hand: Those raindrops have no weeds in them, by God. On the other hand: Everything else about this.
Dupont’s herbicide goes rogue
Other Words - 9/12/2011.
By Jim Hightower – In the corporate world's tortured language, workers are no longer fired. They just experience an "employment adjustment." But the most twisted euphemism I've heard in a long time comes from DuPont: "We are investigating the reports of these unfavorable tree symptoms," the pesticide maker recently stated. How unfavorable? Finito, flat-lined, the tree is dead. Not just one tree, but hundreds of thousands all across the country are suffering the final "symptom."
Scarborough man takes garden revolution from White House to world
Bangor Daily News - 9/12/2011.
By Seth Koenig – Scarborough: Roger Doiron garnered widespread media attention in 2008 and 2009, when he spearheaded a successful effort to convince the Obama family to plant a garden on the White House lawn. But while Doiron admits the White House campaign was a big publicity boost for his efforts and the mission of his organization, Kitchen Gardeners International, he said he’s just as interested in convincing his neighbors – and anyone else with soil space – of the idea.
Effect of contaminated soil on food chain sparks fears
Common Dreams - 9/11/2011.
By Mizuho Aoki, The Japan Times – Six months after the nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima Prefecture, the public's awareness of the threat posed by radiation is entering a new phase: the realization that the biggest danger now and in the future is from contaminated soil. The iodine-131 ejected into the sky by the Fukushima No. 1 power station disaster was quickly detected in vegetables and tap water – even as far away as Tokyo, 220 km south of the plant.
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