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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
BPA in the womb shows link to kids’ behavior
Science News - 10/6/2009.
By Janet Raloff – Researchers have just linked prenatal exposure to bisphenol-A – a near-ubiquitous industrial chemical – with subtle, gender-specific alterations in behavior among two year olds. Girls whose mothers had encountered the most BPA early in pregnancy tended to become somewhat more aggressive than normal, boys became more anxious and withdrawn.
Green buildings open doors for tour
Bangor Daily News - 10/5/2009.
By Jessica Bloch – Orland: Rufus Wanning led the way to his raspberry garden alongside the Orland River on Saturday, proudly pointing to two large solar panels positioned at a 45-degree angle. Even as the rain poured down, the system was generating electricity. Wanning was one of thousands of homeowners and companies in 10 Northeastern states that opened their doors Saturday for the annual Green Buildings Open House, the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeast.
Food aid program updated
Bangor Daily News - 10/5/2009.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: Thousands of young children from low-income families, along with expectant mothers in Maine who participate in a federal food assistance program, soon will have new, more healthful menus. On Oct. 1, the list of foods offered through the federal Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program, commonly known as WIC, received a long-awaited update to reflect the latest dietary recommendations.
Hannaford’s gives grant for organic training
Portland Press Herald - 10/5/2009.
By Kelley Bouchard – Portland: Hannaford Supermarkets has awarded an $8,000 grant to the Center for African Heritage to improve its organic farming training program. The grant will allow the center to formalize the process of recruiting employers, placing program graduates in long-term jobs and tracking their progress over time, said Dawud Ummah, the center's president.
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