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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
Street farmer
The New York Times - 7/5/2009.
By Elizabeth Roytre – Will Allen, a farmer of Bunyonesque proportions, ascended a berm of wood chips and brewer’s mash and gently probed it with a pitchfork. “Look at this,” he said, pleased with the treasure he unearthed. A writhing mass of red worms dangled from his tines. He bent over, raked another section with his fingers and palmed a few beauties.
CSA farms seen reaching ‘critical mass’
Portland Press Herald - 7/4/2009.
By Ann S. Kim – Juniper Edge Farm in Brunswick is a one-woman operation. Jeannie Johnson grows a variety of vegetables, without the benefit of farming equipment, on less than an acre of land. In terms of selling her vegetables, farmers markets aren't a good fit for Johnson because they would take her away from farming. And although she sells to restaurants, she also wants to bring people to the farm. "I would much rather be here, connecting with people one-on-one, with them experiencing the farm, meeting the farmer," she said.
Plant patrol
Bangor Daily News - 7/4/2009.
By Reeser C. Manley – Since my recent gardening column on slugs, the mailbox has overflowed with readers’ comments and advice on how to win the war. Gardeners need all the help they can get in this slug summer. Wesley gardener Carola Nickerson wrote that she had tried all of my suggestions for controlling slugs with small results, but has her own method that really works. “I take an empty can, put a little salt in the bottom, and using a plastic teaspoon, go around and pick them up the first thing in the morning. When I get done, I sprinkle some more salt on them and they are out of commission.
Governors heed call to ‘eat by example’
Portland Press Herald - 7/3/2009.
By Clarke Canfield – PORTLAND — On the day Americans celebrate the land of the free, a Maine man wants governors to feel free to live off the land. An advocate for sustainable foods who campaigned for the Obamas to plant a garden at the White House now has pledges that several governor's offices will feature local foods on their Fourth of July menus, from Maine lobster to South Dakota pheasant jerky to milkshakes made with Montana huckleberries.
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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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