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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
2010 sees decrease in milk prices and farmers, but news isn’t all bad
Bangor Daily News - 12/2/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: “We are the only business where our product goes out of the yard and we have no idea what we are getting paid for it,” Ray Wright of The Wright Place dairy farm in Clinton said Wednesday.
Procedural problem threatens food safety bill
Bangor Daily News - 12/2/2010.
By Lyndsey Layton – Washington: A procedural problem is threatening to derail a landmark food safety measure passed by the Senate on Tuesday, sending congressional leaders scrambling to figure out a way to get the bill enacted into law by the end of the lame-duck session this month.
Judge orders genetically modified sugar beets pulled
Los Angeles Times - 12/1/2010.
By Marc Lifsher – In a decision believed to be the first of its kind in a case involving genetically engineered crops, a federal judge has ordered 256 acres of sugar beets pulled from the ground. The plants were to be used to produce genetically altered seeds for the 2012 sugar beet crop.
Winter markets are hot, hot, HOT
Portland Press Herald - 12/1/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – As folk music filled the cavernous room in the former textile mill on Saturday, a steady stream of shoppers stocked up on everything from parsnips and beets to mussels and goat cheese. Now entering its third season, the Brunswick Winter Market held in Fort Andross has proven that demand for local food doesn't abate in the colder months.
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