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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
Pesticide notification is common courtesy
Village Soup - 6/2/2011.
Editorial – While Mainers are known for valuing their privacy and independence, those values can only be preserved if we also respect the rights of our neighbors. LD 228, An Act To Revise Notification Requirements for Pesticides Applications, would repeal the current law that provides for a notification registry for those who want to be told when pesticides are being applied near their property. We join with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition in calling on citizens to contact their state senators, to urge them to vote against this dangerous measure.
How the food pyramid failed and why we need myplate
The Atlantic - 6/2/2011.
By Daniel Fromson – So by now you might have heard that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing away with the iconic Food Pyramid. This morning, it announced the country's new nutrition graphic. MyPlate, a colorful pie-chart-style plate graphic showing the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy, replaces the similarly named MyPyramid, which most people agree was more or less indecipherable.
Where is the 21st-century approach to feeding the world?
The Guardian [UK] - 6/2/2011.
By Tim Lang – Slowly, surely, a new mixture of consensus and fault lines is emerging about world food. On the one hand, there is agreement that we are entering a new era in which basic agricultural commodity prices are rising after decades of dropping. This will hit the poorest hardest, as the new Oxfam report rightly points out. But on the other hand, there is not yet sufficient agreement or political leverage to begin the big changes that are necessary.
Dealing with desire for locally sourced staples
Portland Press Herald - 6/1/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Van Buren: Sisters Marada and Leah Cook, who run the Crown O'Maine Organic Cooperative distribution company, make their living selling locally grown and raised foods, and often serve as de facto spokespeople for Maine's local food movement.
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