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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Worms and beetles hit some blueberry fields
Kennebec Journal - 6/20/2010.
Associated Press – Machias: Wild blueberry growers are checking their crops following the discovery of span worms and flea beetles in some fields in eastern Maine.
Organic farms win at potato pest control
Nature News - 6/20/2010.
By Daniel Cressey – A study suggesting that organic agriculture gives better pest control and larger plants than conventional farming is sure to reignite longstanding debates about the merits of organic versus conventional agriculture. It also highlights an often-neglected aspect of biodiversity.
Maine food producers eye markets in China
Bangor Daily News - 6/19/2010.
By Bill Trotter – Ellsworth: They may not opt to put “sold in China” next to “made in Maine” on their labels, but a handful of Maine food producers are hoping a group of visiting businessmen from that Asian country will help them realize their goal of exporting to Asia.
Peony paradise: Down East cultivator’s crop, business blooms despite unusual weather
Bangor Daily News - 6/19/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Robbinston: As visitors arrive at Beauty of the Earth Farm on the Down East coast, its remoteness and its charm are quickly evident. They are greeted by a tall, cedar shingled barn with a large cupola and white wood trim on a neat cape with a red front door. The second impression that surrounds and envelops visitors is the scent – the unforgettable, dizzying perfume of thousands of peonies.
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