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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
Author Q&A: Eats of Eden
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/31/2013.
By Tom Atwell - A new book by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman teaches beginning gardeners how to grow and cook their own food.
Could edamame be a magic bean?
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/31/2013.
By Jeannie Nuss, AP - A small but growing number of farmers have been experimenting with an edible soybean as they look to capitalize on Americans' interest in adding non-meat proteins to their diets.
Dairies in California consider incentives to move out of state
Los Angeles Times - 3/30/2013.
By Ricardo Lopez – Other states have long poached California manufacturers and jobs. Now they're coming for the cows. The pitch: cheaper farm land, lower taxes, fewer environmental regulations and higher prices for their milk.
USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects
USDA - 3/29/2013.
USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding is available from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Deadline: April 30.
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