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The Mousam Valley Mushroom crew, from left to right: Robert, Emily and John Sharood.

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Mousam Valley Mushrooms is a family farm started by father John Sharood, son Robert Sharood and daughter Emily Sharood. The MOFGA certified organic farm is located above the Mousam River Valley in Springvale, inside an old historic dairy barn that has been renovated into the mushroom farm. The Sharoods sustainably grow and market healthy, innovative, organic oyster mushrooms, including an Italian, Pink, Butter, and a Katahdin oyster that is a native Maine strain. Mushrooms are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest and are grown exclusively for the New England area, making them truly fresh and local. Mousam Valley wholesales to Whole Foods Market, Hannaford Supermarket, Crown O' Maine and Rosemont Market. The Sharood family says, "At Mousam Valley, we strive to grow mushrooms as close to wild as possible. We cultivate our fungi on Maine hardwood and straw, sourced sustainably from the very woods and fields we forage in. The end result is a mushroom that could have been picked right off the side of your favorite hiking path. The only difference is that we grow them safely year round and know exactly when they will be perfect for you to enjoy!" Follow the farm at on Facebook and at http://mousamvalleymushrooms.com/.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Grain trust: annual conference secures future for bread in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 7/29/2009.
By Emily Burnham – The American culinary giant James Beard called bread the “most fundamentally satisfying of all foods.” This weekend in Skowhegan, there will be a lot of very satisfied eaters – and bakers, farmers and millers – at the third annual Kneading Conference, July 30-Aug. 1 at Tewksbury Hall.
Maine’s wild blueberry crop imperiled by leaf spot fungus
Bangor Daily News - 7/28/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Trescott, Maine: With fog swirling around her, Seanna Annis, a blueberry pathologist at the University of Maine, scanned the low bushes along a gravel road through the blueberry fields Sunday evening. She stopped, brought out a magnifying lens and pinched a leaf from a plant. “Yes,” she said, seconds after examining the spotted leaf. With that, the farmer knew his field was lost. Even though the plants are lush with fat blueberries just days from harvest, they must be burned.
Northeast Tomatoes Lost, and Potatoes May Follow
The New York Times - 7/28/2009.
By Julia Moskin – Ripe local tomatoes, keenly anticipated by growers and cooks, will be missing from many markets, farm stands and farm shares this summer. Although there are no official estimates yet on crop loss, a severe outbreak of late blight fungus in tomatoes, first noted in June, is sweeping through farms and gardens in the Northeast. John Mishanec, an educator with the integrated pest management program at Cornell University, compared the highly contagious and incurable disease to a “nuclear explosion” in the region’s tomato crop. “And unless the weather changes, it’s going to get worse,” he said.
Guess who’s controlling our food supply?
Common Dreams - 7/27/2009.
By Rob Smart – I have a difficult time accepting genetically modified (GM) foods at face value. My primary concerns have to do with what we know, and, more importantly don’t know about how this “promising” technology may or may not be impacting human health and our environment.
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