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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
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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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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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