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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
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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