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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
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Maine Sunday Telegram - 7/12/2009.
By Ray Routhier – Amanda Clark was about 12 years old when she saw a sign advertising weaving lessons, and convinced her mother to let her try. You wouldn't think a centuries-old craft would have that strong of an appeal for a 21st-century girl, but Clark had always been drawn to the idea of designing and making useful things. "I've always liked working with my hands and creating things, and I had seen a kid's loom in a catalog and thought it looked interesting," said Clark, now 18, of Standish. "But I wanted to try the real thing."
Finally, an effort to save fishermen as well as fish
Maine Sunday Telegram - 7/12/2009.
Editorial – So much of the work around the commercial fishing industry in the last decade has been about saving fish. It's about time someone is focusing attention on saving fishermen. But that's what's happening. Three nonprofit groups announced last week that they are working with state and federal regulators to purchase fishing rights, which they will share with local fishermen who help study and rebuild fish populations.
When farmers feel despair
Bangor Daily News - 7/11/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Increased suicide among farmers is a national trend and Maine is not exempt. “They don’t call it a depression for nothin’,” one Maine farmer, who asked not to be identified, said recently. Earlier this year, a farmer in southern Maine hanged himself in his barn. Recently, two central Maine farmers in separate communities – one an organic milk producer – shot and killed themselves.
Organic farmers urge Hood boycott
Bangor Daily News - 7/11/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – DEXTER, Maine – A group of organic farmers representing three different producers is calling for a nationwide boycott of all H.P. Hood branded products and Stonyfield Organic Milk, also produced by Hood, because of what they term unfair business practices.
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