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Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of MOFGA certified organic
Gromaine LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of Gromaine LLC, a MOFGA certified organic farm in Caribou that provides more than 50 varieties of lettuce and leafy greens to select Maine restaurants, specialty grocers and directly to consumers – including at the Common Ground Country Fair. These brothers descend from six generations of Maine farmers. Jon grows the crops in Aroostook County, and Tristan, based in Cumberland County, does the marketing.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bill Seeks to End Antibiotic Use to Spur Animal Growth
The New York Times - 7/13/2009.
By Gardiner Harris – Washington: The Obama administration announced Monday that it would seek to ban many routine uses of antibiotics in farm animals in hopes of reducing the spread of dangerous bacteria in humans.
Is there Bisphenol A in your home canning?
Treehugger - 7/13/2009.
By Lloyd Alter – We recently reported that the endocrine disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA) was found in organic baby food packed in glass jars, apparently from the lining of the metal lid. (see Bisphenol A Found in Baby Food in Glass Jars) I wondered: could all of our delicious home-made preserves be contaminated too? The inside of the lids have a white finish; could this be made with bisphenol A? It turns out that it is.
Down on the farm, to market he will go
Kennebec Journal - 7/12/2009.
By Betty Adams – The newest member of the Winthrop Farmers' Market is also the youngest. Kevin Leavitt, who just turned 18, and is a 2009 graduate of Winthrop High School, is sole proprietor of Farmer Kev's Organic Produce. On Saturday, his "Farmer Kev" stand nestled among five other canopy-covered farm stands at the Winthrop Farmers' Market. Bright blue and green plastic buckets held chard, beets and beet greens, lettuces and other garden greens. Along with onions and lettuces, he planted potatoes, beans and other vegetables. A wooden basket of peas in pods – his first of the season – sat near a scale.
Hunger doesn’t take a break
Kennebec Journal - 7/12/2009.
Editorial – The tens of thousands of Maine children whose parents can't afford to feed them are given free or reduced-price food at school during the academic year. A federal program subsidizes those meals for children whose families live in poverty, or very close to the poverty line. It's one of the most effective federal programs at fighting hunger. But what happens when school lets out?
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October 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

October 5 - Herb Blending Day

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 14 - Mainstreaming Local Food To Institutions

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

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