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Amy Dodge

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Amy Dodge of MOFGA certified organic Fox Moon Farm at Indian Ridge in Addison. Dodge raises vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and annual cut flowers, which she sells through the Machias Marketplace, Jonesport Farmers’ Market, Perry Harvest Festival, Machias Harvest Festival and from her farm. Dodge says she takes a holistic approach to gardening and farming and strives for diversity in her systems. Visit Fox Moon Farm on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Final Budget Bill Guts Conservation Funding and Farmer Protections
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 12/11/2014.
Late on December 9, Congress released their final annual appropriations bill to keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year, and while there is some good news, overall it's bleak news for sustainable agriculture - complete with drastic cuts to critical conservation programs and anti-farmer policy riders that favor big livestock integrators over actual farmers. The bill emerged after a couple of weeks of behind closed doors meetings of House and Senate leadership and appropriations leaders.
House Holds Hearing on Bill To Block State GE Labeling Laws
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 12/11/2014.
Washington saw an active week on the genetically engineered (GE) crops front, as GE labeling proponents and activists flooded a Wednesday morning hearing on a controversial labeling bill.
Think your milk and eggs are ‘organic’? These aerial farm photos will make you think again.
The Washington Post - 12/11/2014.
By Peter Whoriskey - The cows that produce the nation's organic milk spend their days ruminating happily on an idyllic green pasture, usually beside an iconic red barn. That, at least, is what the ubiquitous marketing would tell you.
Investigation: “Factory Farms” Producing Massive Quantities of Organic Milk and Eggs
The Cornucopia Institute - 12/11/2014.
In what has been called one of the largest fraud investigations in the history of the organic industry, The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy research group, announced filing formal legal complaints against 14 industrial livestock operations producing milk, meat and eggs being marketed, allegedly illegally, as organic.
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