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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ivelisse Rivera, farm manager at MOFGA certified organic Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro. Darthia Farm is owned by Cynthia and Bill Thayer, who, with their family, hire help and MOFGA apprentices, raise produce, herbs and livestock and sell their produce, fiber products, and jams, jellies and other goods from their commercial kitchen at their farm store, at farmers’ markets, through their CSA and through their catalog.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
No brave new world in 1984, but we have pieces of both visions
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Garrison Keillor marked the birthday of Aldous Huxley on July 26 during his "Writer's Almanac" by reviving the debate between those who considered a future like Huxley's "Brave New World," versus those who favored George Orwell's version of the future in "1984."
Monsanto to sell biotech sweet corn for US consumers
Bloomberg - 8/4/2011.
Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s biggest vegetable seed maker, said it will begin selling genetically modified sweet corn in the U.S. this year, the first product it has developed for the consumer market.
Supporting farmers markets creates thousands of jobs
Treehugger - 8/4/2011.
By Rachel Cernansky – "What's holding farmers markets back?" That's the question behind a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which determined the culprit to be federal policies that favor industrial agriculture over small and local farms. Change those policies, though, and you get a quick turnaround. According to the report, just a little public funding for 100 to 500 farmers markets a year could create up to 13,500 jobs within five years.
Group proposes Federal protections for alewives
Portland Press Herald - 8/3/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: A national environmental group is petitioning federal regulators to list alewives and blueback herring as a “threatened species” because of declining populations in other states along the Eastern Seaboard.
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March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

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March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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