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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
A new way of looking at school lunches is bringing professional chefs into the mix
Boston Globe - 1/22/2011.
By Kathy McCabe – Lawrence, Mass.: Stirring 15 pounds of Red Bliss potatoes and six pounds of instant mashed potatoes in a 50-gallon steel kettle requires a paddle big enough for a canoe. Toss in six pounds of canned yams, a few gallons of low-fat milk, a pound of margarine, salt, pepper, and onion to taste. Top with fresh sliced pears, apples, and cinnamon – and voila! It’s Chef Kirk’s Sweet Potato Puree for 2,600.
Registry notifies public of pesticide spraying
Kennebec Journal - 1/22/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: More than 1,600 people have enrolled in a registry since April 1, 2010, to learn about local pesticide spraying. The Board of Environmental Protection credited its public relations campaign with informing concerned Mainers about the registry.
Organic farming becomes a growing success
Village Soup - 1/21/2011.
By Stephen Betts – An organic farm and education center in a historic farming section of Rockland is one step closer to reality. This comes as a state report detailed the growing value of organic farming.
How can we feed the world and still save the planet?
The Guardian [UK] - 1/21/2011.
By Madeleine Bunting – Food has become subject to one of the sharpest global debates, with rising anxiety about how the world's growing population is going to feed itself. Increasingly, Olivier de Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, is establishing himself as one of its key protagonists with an unapologetically radical agenda.
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