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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
Above-normal ocean temps could cause ripple effects
Portland Press Herald - 3/30/2012.
By Clarke Canfield (AP) – Portland: The winter's warm air temperatures have helped drive up water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, in line with a continuing trend, and the warm waters could result in lobsters molting their shells earlier than usual and ocean algae blooming ahead of schedule.
Outdated science can’t protect us from new toxins
Kennebec Journal - 3/30/2012.
Editorial – A 1970s law based on 1960s science is all we have to protect us from toxic substances in our environment. Regulations that envisioned smokestacks and drainpipes as the prime sources of dangerous chemicals should be updated to look out for toys, baby shampoo and a variety of consumer products as the vehicles for dangerous chemicals to enter our bodies and harm us.
Stories about meat, trimmings almost makes me eat just veggies
Kennebec Journal - 3/30/2012.
By Denis Thoet – It almost makes me want to be a vegetarian. Stories in last Sunday's newspaper went into exquisite detail about the recall of ground beef sold by Hannaford after a number of people got sick with a drug-resistant strain of Salmonella.
Maine farmer leads organic growers’ continued fight against Monsanto
Bangor Daily News - 3/30/2012.
By Jen Lynds – Bridgewater: Organic farmers will appeal a case dismissed in February that pitted them against corporate agriculture giant Monsanto in federal court. The group that brought the lawsuit is the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, which is headed by Maine potato-seed farmer Jim Gerritsen of Bridgewater.
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