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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
Garelick farms to close Bangor production facility, lay off 35
Bangor Daily News - 10/31/2012.
By Whit Richardson – Bangor: Citing competitive pressures, Garelick Farms is ending production at its Bangor facility and laying off 35 employees. Garelick’s parent company, Texas-based Dean Foods, has decided to phase out production at the Bangor facility over the next two months and close permanently in January, Jamaison Schuler, a spokesman for Dean Foods, told the Bangor Daily News. The Bangor facility predominantly produces fluid milk, Schuler said.
Grim reapings from the industrial food system
Portland Press Herald - 10/31/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Today is the day when we go out of our way to consume creepy eats – eyeball appetizers, bug-encrusted cupcakes and kitty litter cake. Why not? But for people like me – science majors who spend too much time reading lengthy tomes about the unappetizing realities of modern food and farming – we don't need Halloween to cause our dinner to give us nightmares. All someone like me needs to do is take a stroll through a brightly lit grocery store.
Better school lunches should taste better too
The Contrary Farmer - 10/31/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – Seems to me that if we want school kids to eat lettuce, broccoli, carrots, peas, green beans, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, whole wheat bread, fruit cocktail etc. etc., we have an obligation to make these foods taste as good as fast food hamburgers and French fries.
The many benefits of multi-year crop rotations
Farmland LP - 10/30/2012.
By Jason Bradford – Farmland LP’s agricultural practices are based on good science and agronomic principles, and a 9-year research project from America’s heartland continues to support what we do. “Increasing Cropping System Diversity Balances Productivity, Profitability and Environmental Health” is the title of a research paper by scientists from Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and the USDA published earlier this month in the journal PLOS One.
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