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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

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
Why are people dying to bring you dinner? The shocking facts about our food system
Alternet - 3/30/2012.
By Christopher D. Cook – Cesar Chavez, the champion of farmworkers' rights who gets his annual day of state recognition this Saturday, must be rolling in his grave. It's been 37 years since Governor Jerry Brown signed the landmark agricultural labor relations act – and soon California legislators will debate whether to enforce rules to provide water and shade to the 400,000 farmworkers who harvest our food.
FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging
Bangor Daily News - 3/30/2012.
By Matthew Perrone (AP) – Washington: The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food. The agency said Friday that petitioners did not present compelling scientific evidence to justify new restrictions on the much-debated chemical, commonly known as BPA, though federal scientists continue to study the issue.
An April garden checklist
Bangor Daily News - 3/30/2012.
By Reeser Manley – Framed by uncertainties of weather, here are a few garden tips for April. They were gleaned from my upcoming book, “The New England Gardener’s Year, a Month-by-Month Guide for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Upstate New York,” to be published later this year.
New study is first to show that pesticides can induce morphological changes in vertebrate animals, says Pitt researcher
University of Pittsburgh News - 3/30/2012.
By B. Rose Huber – Pittsburgh: The world’s most popular weed killer, Roundup, can cause amphibians to change shape, according to research published today in Ecological Applications. According to the authors, this is the first study to show that a pesticide can induce morphological changes in a vertebrate animal.
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