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Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of MOFGA certified organic
Gromaine LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of Gromaine LLC, a MOFGA certified organic farm in Caribou that provides more than 50 varieties of lettuce and leafy greens to select Maine restaurants, specialty grocers and directly to consumers – including at the Common Ground Country Fair. These brothers descend from six generations of Maine farmers. Jon grows the crops in Aroostook County, and Tristan, based in Cumberland County, does the marketing.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Syrup makers hope gadget can extend season
Portland Press Herald - 3/7/2011.
Huntington, Vt. – Last year, when the sap stopped running from some of Bruce Curavoo's maple trees, it kept running in others. He got enough to make about 300 more gallons of syrup from his crop. His secret: a tiny adaptor that, when plugged into tap holes, helps reduce the amount of sap flowing back into trees from the vacuum tubing used to carry it to sugarhouses for boiling into maple syrup.
New generation of farmers emerges in Oregon
The New York Times - 3/6/2011.
By Isolde Raftery – Corvallis, Ore.: For years, Tyler Jones, a livestock farmer here, avoided telling his grandfather how disillusioned he had become with industrial farming. After all, his grandfather had worked closely with Earl L. Butz, the former federal secretary of agriculture who was known for saying, “Get big or get out.”
No quick meals, but time saved by not having to shop for food
Kennebec Journal - 3/4/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Farming is about food, and food is about eating, so what do farmers eat? Speaking only for myself, and possibly for Michele, we eat year-round mostly things that we grow or get locally. That gets a little tricky this time of year, which is the time of the "starvation moon" according to Native American science.
Benefits of rules still exceed costs across government – OMB report
Environment & Energy Publishing - 3/4/2011.
Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter. The benefits of federal regulations, including new rules issued last year by the Obama administration, have continued to outstrip the costs, according to a new analysis <http://www.eenews.net/assets/2011/03/04/document_pm_01.pdf> by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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