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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bumper 2011 grain harvest fails to rebuild global stocks
Earth Policy Institute - 1/11/2012.
By Janet Larsen – The world’s farmers produced more grain in 2011 than ever before. Estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the global grain harvest coming in at 2,295 million tons, up 53 million tons from the previous record in 2009. Consumption grew by 90 million tons over the same period to 2,280 million tons. Yet with global grain production actually falling short of consumption in 7 of the past 12 years, stocks remain worryingly low, leaving the world vulnerable to food price shocks.
Five packaged foods you never need to buy again
Grist - 1/11/2012.
By Jane Mountain – What did you resolve to do this year? Eat healthier? Avoid processed foods? Stay away from GMOs? Stop buying products foisted on you by the man? Reduce the size of your weekly garbage bag? Become a domestic god(ess)? I want to do all of those things, which is why I am so damn excited about this post.
Pesticide board adds products to lists of seeds
Kennebec Journal - 1/10/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: The state's pesticide control board has agreed to add two new Bt-corn products to the list of genetically engineered seeds grown in Maine. Maine now allows 21 Bt products with insecticidal genetic traits to be planted in fields now that Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a multinational biotech company and subsidiary of DuPont, won a bid to register its two new Bacillus thuringiensis corn here.
Proposed Windham greenhouse project would employ 170
Portland Press Herald - 1/10/2012.
By Leslie Bridgers – Windham: A massive greenhouse project proposed for land off Route 302 would occupy the space of seven Walmarts and could cost more than the proposal for The Forefront development on Thompson's Point in Portland. John der Kinderen of Arundel is proposing to build 37 acres of greenhouses for a new company called Sebago Farms that would raise hydroponic vegetables and fish to sell to food distributors throughout the Northeast.
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