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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
Small dairies struggle to survive in Colorado
The Durango Herald - 12/11/2013.
By Eric Brown - The general claim that there’s limited opportunity for small producers in agriculture has been proved wrong in many ways in Weld County [Colo.], but it certainly holds water – or milk – when it comes to one of the largest contributors to the local ag economy.
Stomach-churning CDC report on restaurant food safety
San Francisco Chronicle - 12/10/2013.
Kathryn Roethel - If you feel a little queasy after last night's dinner out, you're probably not alone.
How to grow chickens without buying grain
Treehugger - 12/10/2013.
By Sami Grover - Why waste agricultural effort on growing feed for animals when we can simply feed ourselves? That's the most simple premise behind the environmental case for veganism. But that equation gets a bit more complicated when animals don't eat food fit for humans—but rather turn resources we couldn't otherwise eat, whether it's trash or grass, into a high-value protein for human consumption.
Will Shuanghui keep the world's largest pork producer environmentally clean?
The Guardian [UK] - 12/10/2013.
By Heather Duncan - After racking up millions of dollars in environmental fines for water contamination in the 1990s, the world's biggest hog and pork producer, Smithfield Foods, has been working hard to convince critics that it has changed. Over the past decade, its sustainability efforts have garnered awards and international certifications. But its sale to Chinese meat processor Shuanghui International Holdings in September has raised new questions about the future of its sustainability commitments.
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