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Pheonix Obrien
Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.


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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
State warns on bottles with BPA (Bisphenol A)
Boston Globe - 8/4/2009.
Massachusetts public health officials warned parents of young children yesterday to avoid storing infant formula or breast milk in plastic bottles containing bisphenol A - and urged pregnant or breast-feeding women to avoid the common chemical in other food and drink containers.
Keeping Their Eggs in Their Backyard Nests
The New York Times - 8/3/2009.
As Americans struggle through a dismal recession, many are trying to safeguard themselves from what they fear will be even worse times ahead. They eat out less often. They take vacations closer to home. They put off buying new cars. And some raise chickens.
Chemical Plants Could Be More Safe
The New York Times - 8/3/2009.
Editorial - This should, by all rights, be the year that Congress passes a tough chemical plant safety bill, protecting the public from one of the most serious terrorism vulnerabilities. There are already signs, however, that the chemical industry and its Republican allies may succeed yet again in blocking effective safety rules. The White House, which has remained in the background, needs to speak out, and Democratic leaders in Congress should work to make sure a strong bill is enacted without further delay.
Rooted in healthy living
Portland Press Herald - 8/3/2009.
By Justin Ellis – Portland, Maine: People travel far and wide to come to Portland. Some have to taste the food, and others want to experience the scenery. And some want to play in our dirt. Literally. "This is like what we do back home," said Amber Smith. Home for this 16-year-old is Santa Cruz, Calif. "It's fun to do this with people from all over." "This" would mean gardening, at the Boyd Street Urban Farm in Kennedy Park, to be exact. And "people from all over" would mean the more than 100 young people from around the country who visited the Portland area last week for a national conference on – you guessed it – farming. It's the annual conference for Rooted in Community...
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