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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Drought-tolerant seeds: insurance policy for farmers or a big gamble?
Grist - 9/14/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – In January 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the first genetically engineered drought-tolerant corn — despite minimal evidence of its actual drought tolerance. Since then, there’s been a steady stream of analysis suggesting that genetically engineering for this trait won’t give farmers much bang for their buck.
Food vendors cooking up storm for busy Common Ground Country Fair
Portland Press Herald - 9/13/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – One of Maine's ultimate foodie events - the Common Ground Country Fair – is a little more than a week away, but the 49 food vendors are already gearing up for big crowds. Each year the fair attracts roughly 60,000 visitors over the course of three days.
Maine seems to take threat of EEE in stride
Portland Press Herald - 9/12/2012.
By North Cairn – Lebanon: Although both Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus now have been confirmed in the small York County community of Lebanon, most residents are taking the threat in stride.
New Maine-centric cookbooks earn place in pantry
Portland Press Herald - 9/12/2012.
By Meredith Goad – It's harvest time, and this year we have a great crop of local cookbooks that go beyond the usual fare of blueberries and lobster. Most exciting is the debut cookbook from Standard Baking Co., the Portland bakery that has gotten national raves for its baguettes, croissants and sweet-but-not-too-sweet pastries.
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