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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, hired 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
Bee Survey: Lower Winter Losses, Higher Summer Losses, Increased Total Annual Losses
USDA - 5/13/2015.
By Kim Kaplan - Losses of managed honey bee colonies were 23.1 percent for the 2014-2015 winter but summer losses exceeded winter numbers for the first time, making annual losses for the year 42.1 percent, according to preliminary results of the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership (beeinformed.org), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Apiary Inspectors of America.
Why more research needs to be done to save honey bees
Christian Science Monitor - 5/13/2015.
By Jessica Mendoza - Honey bee colony populations in the United States have dropped more than 40 percent in the 12-month period ending in April, according to a preliminary report. The continued decline suggests a need for more data around bees and pollinators.
$30 million available for farmers to develop new products
Sun Journal - 5/12/2015.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA Rural Development is making $30 million available to agricultural producers to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.
Children of dairy farmers turn away from milk and toward artisanal cheese
Portland Press Herald - 5/10/2015.
By Mary Pols - Sitting on a shelf in Karen Trenholm’s Winthrop creamery are manifestations of her family’s belief in a better future for Maine dairy farmers, two butter-yellow wheels of their freshly made Farmstead Chive, made from the milk of their small herd of Guernsey cows.
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