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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
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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