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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

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
The Maine Ingredient: Secret pockets of peppery wild watercress will reward its seekers
Portland Press Herald - 4/17/2013.
By Anne Mahle - This weekend I heard about a secret patch of watercress found on the bank of a swift-flowing river in early spring, when the mornings are still crisp and leaves have not yet bloomed on the trees, allowing for sunlight to hit this verdant spot for only a three-week period.
Washington state Senate passes bill to ban carcinogenic flame retardants in products made for kids
The Oregonian - 4/17/2013.
AP - The Washington state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban two carcinogenic flame retardants in car seats, strollers and other products made for young children.
Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly
The New York Times - 4/17/2013.
By Tara Parker-Pope - When Ria Chhabra, a middle school student near Dallas, heard her parents arguing about the value of organic foods, she was inspired to create a science fair project to try to resolve the debate. Three years later, Ria’s exploration of fruit flies and organic foods has earned the 16-year-old top honors in a national science competition, publication in a respected scientific journal and university laboratory privileges normally reserved for graduate students.
None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use
Grist - 4/17/2013.
By David Roberts - The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab.
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March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

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

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