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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

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Meet Ivelisse Rivera, farm manager at MOFGA certified organic Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro. Darthia Farm is owned by Cynthia and Bill Thayer, who, with their family, hire help and MOFGA apprentices, raise produce, herbs and livestock and sell their produce, fiber products, and jams, jellies and other goods from their commercial kitchen at their farm store, at farmers’ markets, through their CSA and through their catalog.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Work towards labels for genetically engineered food
Bangor Daily News - 4/6/2009.
Op-ed by Diana George Chapin – The Maine Board of Pesticides Control recently approved for growing in Maine Bt sweet corn, a genetically engineered, or GE, food product developed by Syngenta. This summer when locally grown sweet corn hits the market consumers won’t be able to tell if the corn they’re purchasing is a genetically engineered or traditional variety.
[Seaweed] harvest disturbs bay residents
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/5/2009.
By Bill Nemtiz – On the surface, it looks like a pretty good deal: A Canadian company that turns seaweed into food supplements and various other products paid 25 cash-strapped Mainers $153,000 last summer to harvest 3,500-plus tons of "rockweed" from the shores of scenic Cobscook Bay. But look a little deeper, and you'll see that not everyone is celebrating.
Vet calls egg plant complaints rare
Portland Press Herald - 4/4/2009.
The state has received few complaints about the treatment of birds at the Quality Egg of New England farm over the years, state veterinarian Don Hoenig told legislators Friday as an investigation into cruelty to birds at the Turner site got under way. "Animal welfare has not been a primary concern of ours over there," Hoenig, director of the Division of Animal Health, told the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
Nutting: guidelines would deter [poultry] abuse
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/4/2009.
By Rebekah Metzler – Lawmakers directed the Maine Department of Agriculture to develop high standards for poultry egg production, unanimously passing a proposal by Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, on Friday.
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March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

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