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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
Down economy fuels a hunger for food-preservation workshops
Portland Press Herald - 6/10/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Lots of folks are putting in recession gardens this year to help take a bite out of their spiraling food budgets. But what do you do in August when you suddenly have tomatoes coming out your ears? Apparently, lots of other people are wondering about that too. Kathie Savoie, a food-safety expert at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, says she has been swamped with requests for food preservation workshops this year. She's already done 14 since March.
Maine’s Cellar Door Winery
Bangor Daily News - 6/10/2009.
By Emily Burnham – The symbol displayed prominently throughout the property and incorporated into the logo of Cellardoor Vineyard in Lincolnville features two outward-facing half-circles split by a vertical line, and connected by a horizontal one. According to historical lore, hobos would carve this symbol into abandoned spaces during the 1930s to indicate that the space was safe and welcoming.
40 percent of Maine field corn called modified
Bangor Daily News - 6/9/2009.
Associated Press – PORTLAND, Maine – Agriculture officials say 40 percent of Maine’s field corn acreage last year was genetically modified, which is half the national rate.
Poisoning the planet
Resurgence - 6/8/2009.
By Miguel Alitieri – In 2007, Genetically modified (GM) crops were grown on 114.3 million hectares worldwide. Of the twenty-three countries which grow GM crops, Argentina and Brazil are the major players in South America, though the cultivation of transgenic crops is also expanding in Bolivia and Paraguay. The biotech industry claims that GM crops have met the expectations of millions of farmers in developing countries, delivering benefits to consumers and society through more affordable food that requires less pesticides to grow and hence leads to more sustainable farming. What corporations fail to mention is that Roundup Ready (RR) soybean accounts for 70% of all GM crops and is tolerant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, glyphosate.
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