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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
Blue Hill raw milk case to be heard in supreme court
The Weekly Packet - 4/17/2014.
By Anne Berleant - Blue Hill farmer Dan Brown of Gravelwood Farm will have his day in court – again.
Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.
Yes! - 4/17/2014.
By Sena Christian - Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture – especially on organic and small-scale farms.
Kitchens could be sources of drug-resistant bacteria
Reuters - 4/16/2014.
By Kathryn Doyle - Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital kitchens and private homes, according to a new study.
Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens
National Geographic - 4/16/2014.
By Jennifer S. Holland - Researchers found hives infected with the Nosema fungus and with Varroa mites did not suffer from the pests. The hives – traditional wild nests in logs – had very low concentrations of only a few pesticides. Improving bee health through practices that reduce chemical use and give bees access to diverse flowering plants can make a difference in the insects' health, say the researchers.
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