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Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of MOFGA certified organic
Gromaine LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of Gromaine LLC, a MOFGA certified organic farm in Caribou that provides more than 50 varieties of lettuce and leafy greens to select Maine restaurants, specialty grocers and directly to consumers – including at the Common Ground Country Fair. These brothers descend from six generations of Maine farmers. Jon grows the crops in Aroostook County, and Tristan, based in Cumberland County, does the marketing.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Common Ground Fair starts today in Unity
Kennebec Journal - 9/24/2011.
Associated Press – Unity: The Common Ground Country Fair is under way this weekend in Unity. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. today, 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Fair goes on rain or shine.
Common Ground Fair lets kids flourish, too
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 9/24/2011.
By Beth Staples – Unity: Mazie Biswell wants a micro pig. To earn the $800 she needs to buy one of the trendy, pint-sized pets, the enterprising 12-year-old sold her hand-made felt pigs for $12 each Friday at the Common Ground Country Fair.
Scarborough bans synthetic pesticides on town property
The Forecaster - 9/22/2011.
By Mario Moretto – Scarborough: The town's fields, playgrounds and other public properties will be synthetic pesticide-free under a policy adopted Wednesday by the Town Council. The policy, which calls chemical pesticides "a major environmental problem and a public health issue," began as a conversation between town officials and members of what is now known as Citizens for a Green Scarborough. It was modeled after similar plans in Rockport and Camden.
Farmer prepared to defy town
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Cornville: A local farmer said he will proceed with a plan to spread 3,000 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated soil on farmland despite the objection of the town planners. The Cornville Planning Board ruled Tuesday night that the proposal to truck soil from the C.N. Brown Oil Co. site – next to the Athens Elementary School – to the Strout dairy farm on West Ridge Road is subject to oversight by the town, not the state. Planners said the proposal is not farming, but an industrial and commercial use of land.
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