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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
Public market idea growing again
Portland Press Herald - 5/28/2009.
By Beth Quimby – The concept of a public market where people can shop and meet appears to be alive and well in Portland, even though several such places have come and gone over the years. After months of planning, the owners of the Public Market House, at 28 Monument Square, are moving ahead with an expansion that will include new shops and public eating areas. Construction is scheduled to begin within days. The owners say their businesses have grown every year since they moved three years ago from the former Portland Public Market, despite the sour economic climate.
Deadly salmonella: frozen food’s newest ingredient
Alternet - 5/28/2009.
By Jim Hightower – Out in Arizona, an old tombstone bears an epitaph for a young gunslinger: "I was expecting this/But not so soon." Gunslinging, of course, is a high-risk business. But today, some of us can expect to have the following marker on our graves: "Here lies a guy/Killed by a pot pie." America's pot-pie threat lurks in an ingredient that today's producers of frozen foods don't list on their packages: salmonella.
Wendell Berry and Community Farm Alliance protest NAIS in Kentucky
Organic Consumers - 5/27/2009.
By Stephen Bartlett – It is not everyday you get the opportunity to garner good free press while speaking out forcefully in a broad alliance against the follies of a hijacked department of the government, in this case the U.S. Department of Agriculture! But Friday, May 22 was just such a day for the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and their allies in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
Fiddlehead fever: catch it while you can
Portland Press Herald - 5/27/2009.
By Brooke Dojny – Fiddlehead ferns are the first green vegetable of spring and thus are one of Maine's best loved seasonal harbingers. The fact that they are gathered by foragers somehow only adds to their mystique.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 9 - "Nourish Dinner" to Benefit MOFGA

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Tractor Safety

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June 27 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care


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