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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
Federal grant helps fund $1million food processing plant in Van Buren
Bangor Daily News - 11/21/2011.
By Julia Bayly – Van Buren: A $200,000 grant from the federal Northern Border Regional Commission is providing the final funding needed to construct a $1 million vegetable processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers. The 120-foot-by-40-foot facility will be owned by the town of Van Buren and leased to Northern Girl, LLC, a food processing company based out of Vassalboro, but with St. John Valley Roots. “Northern Girl is a company that will produce and process Maine-grown fruits and vegetables,” said Marada Cook, one of the principles of Northern Girl.
Why are we eating bluefin tuna to extinction?
Grist - 11/21/2011.
By Paul Greenberg – The Atlantic bluefin tuna – an animal that reaches 1,500 pounds, swims at 40 miles per hour, heats its blood 20 degrees above ambient and crosses the breadth of the ocean – is in serious trouble. The Western, American stock has declined by about 80 percent, and by about 70 percent in its Mediterranean spawned population.
5 ridiculous myths people use to trash local food – and why they’re wrong
Alternet - 11/19/2011.
By Jill Richardson – It's become predictable. At nearly regular intervals, someone, somewhere, will decide it's time to write another article "debunking" the local food movement. The latest installment is by Steve Sexton, posted on the Freakonomics blog (which also treated us to a previous post called "Do We Really Need a Few Billion Locavores?").
Farmers, consumers rally to support man’s selling of ‘raw milk’
Bangor Daily News - 11/19/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Blue Hill: Small-scale farmers and Mainers who buy directly from them held a boisterous rally Friday to support a Hancock County man sparring with agriculture officials over his right to sell “raw milk” and other products from his farm without a license.
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