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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
Lab study establishes glyphosate link to birth defects
Institute for Science in Society - 10/4/2010.
By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho – It started in 2002, two years after the large scale introduction of Roundup Ready soybeans to Argentina. People were reporting birth defects from exposure to glyphosate sprays during pregnancy; and the problem got worse.
Farm-to-School's Teachable Moment
Other Words - 10/4/2010.
By JoAnne Berkenkamp – Schools throughout the country are shaking up the cafeteria through new initiatives to improve children's health while giving a boost to local farmers. It's time to give the mystery meat a break and bring out locally produced apples, squash, tomatoes, and chicken.
A recap of the FDA’s ‘Frankenfish’ hearings
Grist - 10/4/2010.
By Jill Richardson – The government recently held three days of meetings about whether to approve the "AquAdvantage" salmon – genetically engineered (GE) to grow faster thanks to genes from the Chinook salmon and from the eel-like ocean pout – for human consumption. As I reported here, the FDA special committee charged with evaluating the safety of the fish seemed likely to rubber-stamp the super-size salmon.
Fixing USDA dietary guidelines won’t fix our diets
Grist - 10/4/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Reporter Jane Black has a good overview of the upcoming revision of USDA dietary guidelines in today's Washington Post. As she observes, Big Ag and Big Food typically resist any attempts by the government to give specific advice on which foods and how much of them you should eat.
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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

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

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June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

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