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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
Going green with horse power
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 5/7/2010.
By Jason McKibben – Troy: Farmers Sam Hazlehurst and Rachel Katz take the horsepower of their equipment very seriously. While tractors have engines in the 20 to 500 horsepower range, Hazlehurst and Katz operate Smith Farm in Troy with a total of four. That’s two teams of Percheron draft horses. Martha and Birdie are the white mares, Tonka and Diesel the black geldings.
Keeping the farmer in farmers markets
Grist - 5/7/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal aired a bit of dirty laundry that was hiding out in local food's hamper – the ongoing fight over who gets to sell in farmers markets. Many markets require that sellers be actual growers, rather than "resellers" of some form or another.
The latest survey: consumers want healthy foods
Food Politics - 5/7/2010.
By Marion Nestle – Ordinarily, I don’t pay much attention to consumer surveys because the results are so dependent on the way the questions are asked and who gets polled. But this one, conducted by StrategicOne and sent to me by Edelman Public Relations, is relatively uncomplicated.
Cancer, chemicals, and corporations
Empty Wheel - 5/7/2010.
By Marcy Wheeler – As you might know, my family is a walking cancer cluster: three out of five of us had some form of cancer. What has frustrated me as I’ve lived through three bouts of cancer in my family was the cancer industry’s focus on “curing cancer,” with very little attention on preventing it. Particularly given how dangerous the “cures” for cancer are, it’s high time we focused more attention on how we avoid it.
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