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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

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Meet Ivelisse Rivera, farm manager at MOFGA certified organic Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro. Darthia Farm is owned by Cynthia and Bill Thayer, who, with their family, hired help and MOFGA apprentices, raise produce, herbs and livestock and sell their produce, fiber products, and jams, jellies and other goods from their commercial kitchen at their farm store, at farmers' markets, through their CSA and through their catalog.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bird Flu Is Slamming Factory Farms But Sparing Backyard Flocks. Why?
Mother Jones - 5/20/2015.
By Tom Philpott - The Midwest's ongoing avian flu crisis is wreaking havoc on the region's large-scale egg and turkey farms. Last week alone, the US Department of Agriculture confirmed that the virus had turned up in more than 20 additional facilities in the region, condemning 4 million birds to euthanasia. Altogether, the H5N2 virus – "highly pathogenic" to birds, so far non-threatening to humans – has affected 168 sites and a jaw-dropping 36 million birds, the great bulk of them in Iowa and surrounding states. It's the largest avian flu outbreak in US history – and it has already wiped out 40 percent of the egg-laying flock in Iowa, the number-one egg-producing state in the US, according to The New York Times.
Organic farming 'benefits biodiversity'
BBC News - 5/20/2015.
By Helen Briggs - Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.
‘A great spring vegetable’: Ramps, wild leeks season in Maine is on
Bangor Daily News - 5/19/2015.
By Kathleen Pierce - They are abundant, natural and springing up on plates at bistros, farmers market kiosks and on grocers’ shelves. Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are at their peak in mid-May in parts of Maine. Like most things worth waiting for, the season is short, so don’t hesitate for this taste of spring.
White House will unveil strategy to protect honeybee habitat
The Washington Post - 5/19/2015.
By Juliet Eilperin - The humble bee – nuisance, threat, and linchpin of the American food supply – has won over the leader of the free world. And now President Obama is intervening on the bee’s behalf as its habitat dwindles.
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