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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Planting the seeds of a revolution
Boston Globe - 3/27/2009.
Op-ed by Ellen Goodman – You have to admit that this gives new meaning to the idea of a "shovel-ready project." There are now 1,100 square feet on the South Lawn of the White House being transformed into a kitchen garden. If Americans follow the first family's lead, the seed pack will become the new stimulus package.
One size doesn’t fit all for tracking farm animals
Kennebec Journal - 3/26/2009.
Editorial – An expensive federal program to put computer chips in every farm animal from here to San Diego isn't good for Maine.
Kid-Safe Products Law a prescription for Mainers' good health
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 3/26/2009.
Op-Ed by Dr. Stephanie Lash - As health professionals, the last thing we would do is prescribe a sex hormone to a pregnant patient and her developing fetus. Yet we are all exposed regularly to the chemical called bisphenol-A and a host of other hormone-disrupting toxic chemicals that are in products we use every day. Exposure can lead to expensive chronic disease and disability. As a result, we believe that getting these dangerous toxic chemicals off the shelves and out of our bodies must be a top priority.
U.S. Growers Foster Wild Bees and Bee-Friendly Gardens
Environmental News Service - 3/25/2009.
Honeybees across the country are dying by the millions due to colony collapse disorder and other environmental factors, causing many growers of fruits, nuts and vegetables to wonder how their future crops will be pollinated. A study released today shows that wild bees, which are not affected by the deadly disorder, may become a pollination alternative.
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