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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
Lexicon of sustainability: fallen fruit
Grist - 2/24/2012.
By Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton – People search their cities and neighborhoods for unused or unwanted things: litter, refuse … even food. Fruit is often overlooked (while still on the tree and once its fallen to the ground). The Fallen Fruit Collective began as a Los Angeles-based public art project.
The art of producing sustainable consumer goods: basketry
Low-tech Magazine - 2/24/2012.
By Brian Kaller – The craft of basketry might be one of our species’ most important and diverse technologies, creating homes, boats, animal traps, armour, tools, cages, hats, chariots, weirs, beehives, shelters and furniture, as well as all manner of containers.
EPA sued to ban toxic pesticide and Agent Orange ingredient from household weed products
Treehugger - 2/23/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – A toxic herbicide, 2,4-D, is a World War II-era weed killer ingredient that is one of the oldest pesticides still legally on the market: it's one of the top three pesticides sold nationwide and the most common pesticide-based weed control product in the home and garden market. Products containing it include Aqua-Kleen, Plantgard, Lawn-Keep and Planotox. It is a known neurotoxin, is toxic to the eye, thyroid, kidney, adrenals, and ovaries/testes according to the EPA and is linked to cancer and other diseases, and was an ingredient in Agent Orange.
Soil: from dirt to lifeline
Energy Bulletin - 2/23/2012.
Fred Kirschenmann has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food issues for most of his life. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also still provides management over site of his family's 2600 acre organic farm in south central North Dakota.
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