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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto Teams up with Congress to Shred the Constitution
Appetite for Profit - 3/25/2013.
By Michele Simon - Our founding fathers, white-maleness aside, did get a few things right. One of them was the concept of “separation of powers,” to ensure a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. But a dangerous provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in Congress upends that system. Without any hearings on the matter, the Senate included language that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to essentially ignore any court ruling that would otherwise halt the planting of new genetically-engineered crops.
Biotech Rider a Threat to Farmers and the Environment
Union of Concerned Scientists - 3/25/2013.
By Doug Gurian-Sherman - A short addition to the legislation passed last week to continue the funding of the U.S. government contained a gift for the biotech industry that could hurt the very farmers that the transnational seed companies love to cozy up to. It could also hurt the environment.
Local rice makes the grade in West Africa
SciDevNet - 3/25/2013.
By Christophe Assogba - Cotonou, Benin: New research from West Africa challenges the widely held view that African and Asian 'farmer rice' varieties have only local value owing to their poor ability to adapt to adverse environmental conditions. Findings suggest that farmer rice varieties can grow without fertilisers, require no special maintenance and can develop ways of coping with stress.
America’s “Sadness Belt”: Appalachian States Worst in U.S. for Health and Happiness
Appalachian Voices - 3/25/2013.
By Melanie Foley - Gallup and Healthways recently released their annual Well-Being Index for 2012, and Appalachia was found once again to be home to some of the least healthy and happy Americans.
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