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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farmers, customers preview growing season at CSA fair in Bangor
Bangor Daily News - 2/28/2011.
By Meg Haskell – Bangor: Winter is far from over – March in Maine being one of the snowiest and most blustery of months – but inside the Unitarian Universalist Church on Park Street on Sunday afternoon, spring got off to an early start. About a dozen area farmers were on hand, looking to sign up partners for their community supported agriculture programs.
Inviting the groundfish industry back home
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/27/2011.
Op-ed by Bill Gerencer – BOWDOIN - Maine's long-standing groundfish industry is at an all-time low. This once-vibrant industry, which used to land more than 50 million pounds of fish annually and bring millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the state, is now a tiny vestige of itself. If you think this is due to overfishing, you'd be right. If you think that overfishing still exists and fish stocks are in terrible shape, you'd be wrong – tremendously wrong.
Gulf of Maine seafood gets seal of approval
Portland Press Herald - 2/26/2011.
By J. Hemmerdinger – Portland: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a message for consumers: It's OK to eat New England seafood. This week, the nonprofit marine research group announced that it has partnered with the fishing industry and retailers to promote sales of four species that are sustainably harvested from the Gulf of Maine.
Dairy industry leader Stanley Bennett II dies at 64
Portland Press Herald - 2/25/2011.
By John Richardson – Portland: Stanley T. Bennett II, longtime leader of Oakhurst Dairy, died Wednesday at the age of 64. Bennett, who was diagnosed last summer with pancreatic cancer, was remembered Thursday as a leader in Maine’s dairy industry and a generous supporter of nonprofit organizations, especially those that support children or a clean environment.
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