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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Maine chef honored as best in the Northeast
Bangor Daily News - 5/6/2009.
A Portland restaurant owner has been named the best chef in the Northeast by the James Beard Foundation. Rob Evans, who runs Hugo’s restaurant, was named the winner at Monday night’s awards ceremony in New York City. Evans beat out three chefs from Massachusetts and another chef from Maine for the honor.
40 Countries Will Try Fighting Malaria Without DDT
Environmental News Service - 5/6/2009.
In an effort to rid the world of the pesticide DDT, used to fight the mosquito that transmits malaria, 40 countries are set to test non-chemical methods to combat the deadly disease, three United Nations agencies announced today.
Abuzz in bee study: Maine playing key role in researching deadly disorder
Bangor Daily News - 5/4/2009.
by Sharon Kiley Mack. Even though colony collapse disorder, which has devastated commercial bee populations throughout the world, has not appeared in Maine, the University of Maine is playing a key role in studying it.
Organic berry growers say bumblebees thriving
Bangor Daily News - 5/4/2009.
by Sharon Kiley Mack. The bumblebee, a true Maine native, is black and yellow, hairy and large. Already this spring, they are active at Hatch Knoll Farm, an organic berry farm. Bees are the most important pollinators in wild blueberry and other agricultural landscapes in Maine. Despite the concerns of the massive, conventional blueberry producers that the bee population is waning, Peter and Debbie Aldridge say that since they switched to organic growing, the bees are thriving.
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