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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, hire 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
Once-stable food prices jump
Maine Sunday Telegram - 5/29/2011.
By Beth Quimby – Freeport: Jody Bennett said about the only food she buys at a supermarket these days is coffee. The Freeport resident is raising her own beef and growing her own vegetables, instead of purchasing such items in the store.
Cost hampers soup kitchens’ ability to feed clients
Kennebec Journal - 5/29/2011.
By Scott Monroe – Palmyra: They opened lunch at the soup kitchen with prayer. In front of a dozen people on Tuesday, pastor Herb Pearl read a Bible verse about loving your neighbor as yourself.
Lincoln officials to revisit regulations on animal ownership
Bangor Daily News - 5/28/2011.
By Nick Sambides Jr. – Lincoln: Chickens. Ruth Birtz, the town code enforcement supervisor, has had to tell about 15 people, mostly downtown residents, that they cannot keep chickens on their properties due to a town planning regulation that allows only one nonpet animal per every 2 acres of property.
Mushroom certification good for business
Kennebec Journal - 5/27/2011.
Letter by David Spahr – George Smith ("Maine has a mushrooming problem at the State House," May 11) has facts and the issues wrong. I am a member of the task force on mushroom certification and the Maine Mycological Association. Smith incorrectly stated all foragers need certification; only foragers selling to restaurants and other venues that sell to the public would need certification.
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March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

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March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

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March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

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