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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
Hills-to-Sea Trail June 1 opening set
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 5/28/2013.
Waldo County Trails Coalition's official opening of its downtown Unity-to-MOFGA trail is June 1 - National Trails Day. The opening and hike will begin at 10 a.m. at the wooden bridge on Main Street, across from the health center, according to a news release.
EU regulator suspects BASF insecticide of harming bees
Reuters - 5/27/2013.
By Ludwig Burger and Charlie Dunmore - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a statement on Monday that BASF's fipronil poses an "acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize", citing dust drift in particular.
Decline in biodiversity of farmed plants, animals gathering pace
Reuters - 5/27/2013.
By Alister Doyle - A decline in the diversity of farmed plants and livestock breeds is gathering pace, threatening future food supplies for the world's growing population, the head of a new United Nations panel on biodiversity said on Monday.
Study shows dangers of BPA chemical used in plastic packaging
The Independent - 5/27/2013.
By Steve Connor - Further evidence has emerged showing that a chemical used widely in plastic packaging and the lining of drinks cans may be harmful to health. The latest study has shown that bisphenol A (BPA) can affect the way genes work in the brains of laboratory rats, although other scientists have questioned the relevance of the findings to humans.
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June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

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June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

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