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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
Insect experts issue ‘urgent’ warning on using biotech seeds
National Public Radio - 3/11/2012.
By Dan Charles – Last year, we reported that a major insect pest, the corn rootworm, had "found a chink in the armor" of genetically engineered crops. Now, 22 of the nation's top experts on corn pests lay out some of the implications of this discovery, and they are potentially profound.
10 meals worth the mileage
Boston Globe - 3/11/2012.
By Jonathan Levitt – Chase’s Daily in Belfast is not the only restaurant in the state serving destination-worthy food in winter and early spring. There are bright spots up and down the coast. Here are 10 dishes worth a drive.
Rising fuel prices savaging farms now but could help in long run
Bangor Daily News - 3/10/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Topsham: In most ways, farming is about cycles, such as planting, growing and harvesting year after year. For Topsham beef and dairy farmer Bob Bisson, whose family has operated the farm for four generations, there is another kind of cycle that’s less predictable – spikes in energy costs.
Teen driving/Monsanto lawsuit
Maine Public Broadcasting - 3/8/2012.
Online Video: Jim Gerritsen is a farmer who brought the lawsuit against Monsanto. Gerritsen is a potato farmer in Aroostook county. He is also head of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA).
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 9 - "Nourish Dinner" to Benefit MOFGA

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Tractor Safety

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

June 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

June 27 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care


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