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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
First day of weekly (Portland) farmers’ market
Portland Press Herald - 4/2/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Today marked the official start of the weekly farmers' market in Monument Square. Dan from Sumner Valley Farm and Mike from Uncle's Farm Stand were there as the vanguard of the 30+ farmers who will fill the square by the time summer rolls around. Look for these guys (and hopefully others) next Wednesday from about 8:30 am until about 1:30 pm. Once the weather improves, the official market hours of 7 am-2 pm kick in.
Get toxic chemicals out of products used by children
Bangor Daily News - 4/2/2009.
Guest Column by Heather vanFrankenhuyzen and Cathy Anderson – As small retailers, we’re anxious to see an end to the stress and uncertainty over dangerous chemicals being used in the products we sell – especially in products designed for children. These chemicals lead to costly disease and take a tremendous toll on our families, our pocketbooks, and our health system.
State probes animal cruelty claims at Turner egg farm
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
By Kathryn Skelton – State agriculture officials in white containment suits and masks spent Wednesday going in and out of buildings at the former DeCoster Egg Farm, searching for evidence of animal cruelty.
Excerpts from diary of undercover employee
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
Mercy for Animals has declined to identify the person who worked undercover at Quality Egg of New England, but has made available excerpts from the worker's diary. Using photographs, video and audio recordings, the undercover worker documented 83 instances of alleged cruelty, including farm workers allegedly ignoring sick and injured birds and improper disposal of dying hens. Workers' names have been replaced by "XXXX".
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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