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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Fire destroys Brooks apple ladder manufacturing facility
Bangor Daily News - 5/10/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: As his manufacturing facility continued to smolder Wednesday afternoon from a devastating fire that began the night before, Peter Baldwin said he wasn’t sure what the future will bring for the business he has run in a converted dairy barn on Hall Hill Road for 23 years. The fire at Baldwin Apple Ladders consumed part of a year’s inventory of the wooden ladders, all his equipment and a year’s worth of rungs.
Thousands more farmers markets will soon take food stamps
Grist - 5/10/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – When it comes to giving more people access to fresh, healthy food, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned a great deal of its focus in recent years toward farmers markets. And, more specifically, opening farmers markets up to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or “food stamp” users.
Community-supported-farming goes buffet in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 5/9/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Starting in June, Beth Schiller and Lee Straw are taking a gamble. The two farmers, owners of Dandelion Springs Farm and Straw Farm in Newcastle, are starting the state's first year-round, all-you-can-eat CSA. Yes, all you can eat.
The croft
Transition Network - 5/9/2012.
By Sharon Blackie – One of the remarkable things about crofting is that it provides the best of two worlds: the system is individualistic – a crofter runs and manages his own croft – and collaborative – the elected township Grazings Committee manages the communal land and can often fulfil other functions as well.
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