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Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of MOFGA certified organic
Gromaine LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of Gromaine LLC, a MOFGA certified organic farm in Caribou that provides more than 50 varieties of lettuce and leafy greens to select Maine restaurants, specialty grocers and directly to consumers – including at the Common Ground Country Fair. These brothers descend from six generations of Maine farmers. Jon grows the crops in Aroostook County, and Tristan, based in Cumberland County, does the marketing.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farmers’ markets open to food-stamp clients
Kennebec Journal - 5/11/2009.
By Meghan V. Malloy – As the number of Maine families receiving food stamps nears 100,000, local farmers and state officials believe they have found a way to provide nutritious food to needy people. Farmers' markets are starting to use devices similar to automated teller machines that accept the cards that replaced paper food stamps.
Everyone wins if food stamps buy farmers’ food
Kennebec Journal - 5/11/2009.
Editorial – Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually to provide food stamps to Maine's poor. Last year, the federally funded program distributed $214 million worth of food stamps in Maine. This year, increased funding from the feds meant that in April alone, spending on food stamps jumped from $16.8 million in 2008 to $26.5 million this year.
Pesticide drift
Bangor Daily News - 5/11/2009.
Editorial – Debate over notifying neighbors of agricultural spraying centers on a fundamental question: Who has the responsibility to protect residents from potential harm? It is the residents themselves or the companies doing the spraying? So far, the state has left most of the responsibility to the residents. A bill currently under consideration in the Legislature would change that. It should be carefully considered.
EPA Bans Carbofuran Pesticide Residues on Food
Environmental News Service - 5/11/2009.
Traces of the pesticide carbofuran can no longer remain on food sold in the United States, whether domestic or imported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
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October 5 - Herb Blending Day

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 14 - Mainstreaming Local Food To Institutions

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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