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The Mousam Valley Mushroom crew, from left to right: Robert, Emily and John Sharood.

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Mousam Valley Mushrooms is a family farm started by father John Sharood, son Robert Sharood and daughter Emily Sharood. The MOFGA certified organic farm is located above the Mousam River Valley in Springvale, inside an old historic dairy barn that has been renovated into the mushroom farm. The Sharoods sustainably grow and market healthy, innovative, organic oyster mushrooms, including an Italian, Pink, Butter, and a Katahdin oyster that is a native Maine strain. Mushrooms are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest and are grown exclusively for the New England area, making them truly fresh and local. Mousam Valley wholesales to Whole Foods Market, Hannaford Supermarket, Crown O' Maine and Rosemont Market. The Sharood family says, "At Mousam Valley, we strive to grow mushrooms as close to wild as possible. We cultivate our fungi on Maine hardwood and straw, sourced sustainably from the very woods and fields we forage in. The end result is a mushroom that could have been picked right off the side of your favorite hiking path. The only difference is that we grow them safely year round and know exactly when they will be perfect for you to enjoy!" Follow the farm at on Facebook and at http://mousamvalleymushrooms.com/.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Apps for Horticulture
Growing - 2/20/2013.
By David Weinstock and Curt Harler - Land-grant colleges are way behind the app curve when it comes to developing applications for horticulture and related fields. Sure, there are apps for weather, and there are apps for corn and soybeans. But what about citrus or carrots or cukes?
Record area of biotech crops used in 2012 - report
Reuters - 2/20/2013.
By Carey Gillam - Developing countries accounted for the first time last year for more than half the global biotech crop area, though the United States remains the primary nation making use of genetically altered crops, according to an industry report.
Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers
Organic Consumers - 2/20/2013.
In a new report, Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers, the Center for Food Safety investigates how the current seed patent regime has led to a radical shift to consolidation and control of global seed supply and how these patents have abetted corporations, such as Monsanto, to sue U.S. farmers for alleged seed patent infringement.
Don’t believe in climate change? Talk to a clam digger
Grist - 2/20/2013.
By Marla Dolan - A modern threat looms for ice-chilled fruits de mer platters. This time it's a worldwide problem, affecting marine ecosystems everywhere. Ocean waters are turning corrosive, and it's happening so quickly scientists say there may not be any oysters left to eat in coming decades.
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