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Sarah Smith of Grassland Organic Farm
in Skowhegan


Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Sarah Smith, who, with her husband, Garin, owns and operates MOFGA certified Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan. Grassland produces vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, vegetable seedlings, pasture, dairy products, veal and beef. Their markets include The Pickup CSA in Skowhegan, Senior Farm Shares, farmers’ markets, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops and CROPP/Organic Valley. Keep up with the farm on Facebook and read Sarah’s keynote speech from the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Eating down the food chain
Grist - 3/16/2012.
By Douglas Gayeton – Most of us now know that our oceans suffer from the results of overfishing, and many of the species that remain are under increased pressure from global fisheries. As founder of the Monterey Fish Market and adviser to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, Paul Johnson is concerned with the status of Pacific forage fish like herring and sardines.
The story of the commons: an interview with Annie Leonard
On the Commons - 3/16/2012.
By Jay Walljasper – Annie Leonard is one of the most articulate, effective champions of the commons today. Her webfilm The Story of Stuff has been seen more than 15 million times by viewers. She also adapted it into a book.
Up to 50% of the world’s food is thrown away
Daily Mail [UK] - 3/16/2012.
An estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten and ends up in landfill. Experts at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit unveiled the shocking findings about the world's waste in Chicago this week.
We’re each carrying our own special concoction of internal toxins
Kennebec Journal - 3/16/2012.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – Dinosaurs: small brains, big bodies. Extinct. Humans: Large brains, small bodies. Not extinct. Not yet, anyway. Our large brains, however, have created a world bathed in chemicals, engineered foods, plastic environments with poisons that surround us and invade all parts of the natural world – and our own bodies.
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August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

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September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

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