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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, hired 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
On job creation – local fruits and vegetables vs. corn and soybeans
Common Dreams - 4/4/2010.
By Ben Lilliston – It turns out that foods that are better for you may also be better for farmers and local job creation. A new study by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University found that expanding fruit and vegetable production in the upper Midwest could bring significantly more economic benefits than conventional corn and soybean production on the same acreage.
Wild mushroom soup may be a taste acquired later in life
Bangor Daily News - 4/3/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Mushroom soup conversations last year in this column elicited this recipe from Jennifer Whyte, who lives on Islesboro. It is just plain delicious.
Chemicals in the water are bending genders in wildlife – is it happening to us, too?
Alternet - 4/2/2010.
By Stephen Messenger – For decades, substances found in many common products have found their into our planet's water and are altering the hormones of wildlife until, in some cases, it changes their sex entirely – and the same thing may be happening to us.
Sacrificing half your lawn allows you to help feed world’s hungry
Kennebec Journal - 4/2/2010.
By Denis Thoet – Turn your lawn – at least half of it, anyway – into a vegetable garden. Here’s the math: Americans have about 20 million acres of residential lawn. An intensively managed acre of garden can feed 50 families for half a year, or 25 families year-round. So year round, 10 million acres of lawn can feed 250 million families, or roughly the population of North America. That’s a start.
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