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The Mousam Valley Mushroom crew, from left to right: Robert, Emily and John Sharood.

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Mousam Valley Mushrooms is a family farm started by father John Sharood, son Robert Sharood and daughter Emily Sharood. The MOFGA certified organic farm is located above the Mousam River Valley in Springvale, inside an old historic dairy barn that has been renovated into the mushroom farm. The Sharoods sustainably grow and market healthy, innovative, organic oyster mushrooms, including an Italian, Pink, Butter, and a Katahdin oyster that is a native Maine strain. Mushrooms are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest and are grown exclusively for the New England area, making them truly fresh and local. Mousam Valley wholesales to Whole Foods Market, Hannaford Supermarket, Crown O' Maine and Rosemont Market. The Sharood family says, "At Mousam Valley, we strive to grow mushrooms as close to wild as possible. We cultivate our fungi on Maine hardwood and straw, sourced sustainably from the very woods and fields we forage in. The end result is a mushroom that could have been picked right off the side of your favorite hiking path. The only difference is that we grow them safely year round and know exactly when they will be perfect for you to enjoy!" Follow the farm at on Facebook and at http://mousamvalleymushrooms.com/.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Rep. Sam Farr on Organics and Food Safety
The New York Times - 3/25/2009.
Congressman Sam Farr represents California’s 17th District — which includes the Salinas Valley, hometown of the author John Steinbeck and one of America’s most productive agricultural regions. He authored the nation’s first organic standards law in 1990 as a California assemblyman. He now serves on the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee and co-chairs the Congressional Organic Caucus, a bipartisan group formed in 2003 to promote organic agriculture. He recently answered questions for Green Inc. about farming, food safety and a famous new vegetable garden.
10 Ways to be Green this National Garden Month
National Gardening Association - 3/24/2009.
According to the National Gardening Association, in 2008, the number of people growing vegetables increased 10 percent over previous years. The National Gardening Association (NGA) anticipates that number will increase by 20 percent in 2009. Home vegetable gardens average 600 square feet in size. NGA estimates that a garden of this size can generate, on average, more than $600 of organic produce. Multiplied by the number of food gardeners in the country (36 million households), NGA estimates that American food gardeners are producing more than 21.6 billion dollars of produce a year.
Italy: organic fruits in “Snack Fruit” dispensers
Fresh Plaza - 3/24/2009.
Starting from this week 150 "Snack Fruit" dispensers, placed in schools and workplaces in Italy, will be exclusively supplied with organic fruits at the same price of conventional products.
Environmental Economics
Bangor Daily News - 3/24/2009.
Editorial - Protecting the natural environment should not be seen as a luxury for good economic times. But the political reality is that it is a harder sell in times like these. The key to persuading policymakers is to tie environmental concerns to sustaining the economy and keeping people safe.
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