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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

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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
Time to shear the sheep
Kennebec Journal - 4/2/2012.
By Betty Adams – Augusta: The newly sheared sheep objected in the only way they could: a cacophony of "baas" as they gamboled around the small farmyard and felt the chill weather on their pinkish skin. Their thick fleece lay on a screen where Betty Stover picked out the bigger pieces of straw and dirt before packing it into bags labeled with the name of the sheep and the ear tag number.
From farm to fork, Umaine Extension helps
Bangor Daily News - 4/2/2012.
Opinion by John Rebar, Univ. of Maine Cooperative Extension – Today in the Maine economy, a traditional sector is growing. While it is age-old, it has a great new image, renewed public support and bright prospects for the future. Let me re-introduce you to farming. Once thought a dying industry, farming is realizing a renaissance. In the past decade, 1,000 farms have been added in Maine, where more than 1.3 million acres are in agricultural use.
Scientists use Thoreau’s journal notes to track climate change
Mother Jones - 4/1/2012.
By Alison Flood – Fittingly for a man seen as the first environmentalist, Henry David Thoreau, who described his isolated life in 1840s Massachusetts in the classic of American literature Walden, is now helping scientists pin down the impacts of climate change.
Potato blight becomes a threat
Kennebec Journal - 4/1/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Much of the state’s seed potato supply for this year is infected with blight and the state has asked the federal government for an emergency exemption to make an effective but expensive toxic seed treatment available to farmers. “The time is pretty germane to have it now,” said Steve Johnson, a crops specialist with the University of Maine cooperative extension.
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