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Sarah Smith of Grassland Organic Farm
in Skowhegan


Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Sarah Smith, who, with her husband, Garin, owns and operates MOFGA certified Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan. Grassland produces vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, vegetable seedlings, pasture, dairy products, veal and beef. Their markets include The Pickup CSA in Skowhegan, Senior Farm Shares, farmers’ markets, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops and CROPP/Organic Valley. Keep up with the farm on Facebook and read Sarah’s keynote speech from the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Welcome to Maine, Sunshine State of the North
Kennebec Journal - 2/3/2012.
By Denis Thoet – y my count, Maine has more sunny and partly sunny days per year than any other New England state. In the four years since 2008, Maine (at least here at Long Meadow Farm) has averaged 205 sunny days, with a high of 241 in 2011 and a low of 184 in 2009. By contrast, Nashua, N.H., averages 201; Burlington, Vt., 159, and Springfield, Mass., 134.
Open-market sustainability
Solutions - 2/2/2012.
By Patrick Doherty – America has a pathway for leading a transition to global sustainability marked by widespread economic success and a reduction in strategic threats and friction. Pent-up demand and stranded capital can underwrite the economic engine of open-market sustainability, shifting from sprawl to smart growth, from industrial to regenerative agriculture, and from taxing income to taxing waste.
The hub: a promising experiment in food processing for small farms
The Atlantic - 2/2/2012.
By Barry Estabrook – Take pity on male baby goats. Their sisters look forward to long lives providing milk for cheese or fiber for yarn. But for most goatherds in this country, bucklings, as the little fellows are called, are inconvenient byproducts. With no infrastructure for the processing and distribution of their meat, many young bucks are simply euthanized and their carcasses discarded.
Protein: the lay of the lamb
Grist - 2/2/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – When it comes to carbon emissions, lamb is said to be the worst possible thing to eat. They’re small, gassy animals that spend most of their lives on pasture. Wait, what’s that last part? Yes, some of the animals who seem to spend the least time in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) – a good thing, as far as I’m concerned – also have the largest carbon hoofprints.
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