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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
National Project to Improve Organic Production Systems Launches
Carrot Country - 11/30/2012.
By Eric Woolson – A recently launched national project to significantly improve carrots for organic production systems will focus on virtually every aspect of the process from seed selection and variety development to pest resistance and nutritional value, according to professionals at Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and leading researchers.
Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile
National Geographic - 11/30/2012.
By Fred Pearce – After draining four-fifths of its massive underground aquifer for unsustainable agriculture, the Saudi Kingdom turns to verdant Ethiopia.
EU rejects French report linking GM corn to cancer
AFP - 11/29/2012.
The EU's food safety agency has rejected a bombshell French report linking genetically modified corn to cancer, saying it failed to meet "acceptable scientific standards."
Slow Food delegates forage for ideas in Italy
Portland Press Herald - 11/28/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Every two years, farmers, chefs, policy experts and food activists from around the world gather in Torino, Italy, for the annual Terra Madre conference hosted by Slow Food. The event, which promotes sustainable agriculture and the preservation of endangered foods, was held this year in October in conjunction with a food festival called Salone del Gusto.
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May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

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June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

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