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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
In a city garden, schoolkids learn to cultivate community
Kennebec Journal - 6/30/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Nathan Huynh squatted next to a raised vegetable garden on the east side of Farrington Elementary School and searched for slimy critters slithering up the side of a cabbage plant. The 10-year-old, who volunteered to help maintain the sixth grade's vegetable-and-flower garden this summer, was given the task of sprinkling Sluggo, a snail and slug control product, at the base of each plant.
Permaculturalists will gather in Unity this weekend
Portland Press Herald - 6/30/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – For environmentally minded folks, the news these days is grim. The Gulf oil disaster, toxic chemicals in kids’ toys and pesticides poisoning our food – it’s enough to make you lose your appetite. But don’t expect to find people lamenting the less-than-stellar state of the world this weekend in Unity. That’s where the sixth annual Northeast Permaculture Convergence comes to Maine for the first time.
GMO Salmon cartoon
Bangor Daily News - 6/30/2010.

Treat kohlrabi like any raw root vegetable
Bangor Daily News - 6/30/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Kohlrabi is a funny looking vegetable for sure, a little spaceshiplike turnip thing growing above ground, in green or purple, with leaves sprouting out of a smooth baseball-sized round stalk. It is a member of the cabbage family, and the leaves and the enlarged stalk both are good to eat. We harvested our first ones this week.
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October 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

October 5 - Herb Blending Day

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 14 - Mainstreaming Local Food To Institutions

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

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