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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
Fungicide use surging, largely unmonitored
Environmental Health News - 2/22/2013.
By Brett Israel - Fungicide use is increasing, and fungicides are contaminating the majority of water bodies tested in states with heavy use, such as in Maine, Idaho and Wisconsin.
Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)
Treehugger - 2/22/2013.
By Kimberley Mok - Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses. A more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse.
Time for a Deeper Farm Safety Net Discussion?
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 2/22/2013.
The farm bill portion of the Senate Democratic bill to delay the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration has surfaced an interesting debate over numbers. To replace the automatic across the board cuts, Reid proposed to cut the deficit by $110 billion, half through closing tax loopholes and half through spending cuts. The spending cuts would be shared 50-50 between the farm bill and the Pentagon.
New Hampshire considering a farm-to-plate bill
Mother Nature Network - 2/22/2013.
By Melissa Breyer - As globalization continues to have an impact on the nation's food systems, some states are attempting to rein it in and boost local food production and consumption instead. Vermont became the first state to create a farm-to-plate program.
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