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Sarah Smith of Grassland Organic Farm
in Skowhegan


Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Sarah Smith, who, with her husband, Garin, owns and operates MOFGA certified Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan. Grassland produces vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, vegetable seedlings, pasture, dairy products, veal and beef. Their markets include The Pickup CSA in Skowhegan, Senior Farm Shares, farmers’ markets, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops and CROPP/Organic Valley. Keep up with the farm on Facebook and read Sarah’s keynote speech from the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Major food storage and processing company to open by July
Bangor Daily News - 2/23/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Belfast: A major food processing facility that has been in the works for months has reached a $2 million financial goal and should be up and running by the first of July. Jan Anderson, co-owner of Coastal Farms Food Processing, announced this week to the Belfast City Council that the 50,000 square foot space will be open for business by then.
James Beard Award semifinalists announced, Maine chefs nominated
Bangor Daily News - 2/22/2012.
The James Beard Foundation announced this year’s semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, the culinary Oscars that recognize the best chefs and restaurants in the country. Every year, more and more Maine chefs and eateries get nominated.
Genetically modified crops to get faster approval, USDA says
BusinessWeek - 2/22/2012.
Seed companies including Monsanto Co., the world's largest, will get speedier regulatory reviews of their genetically modified crops under forthcoming rule changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
Reward good food: Prince Charles on healthy, sustainable farming
The Atlantic - 2/22/2012.
By His Royal Highness Prince Charles – The Oxford English Dictionary defines "sustainability" as "keeping something going continuously." And the need to "keep things going" for future generations is quite frankly the reason I have been venturing into extremely dangerous territory by speaking about the future of food over the past 30 years. I have all the scars to prove it! Questioning the conventional worldview is a risky business. And the only reason I have done so is for the sake of the younger generation and for the integrity of Nature herself.
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