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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Another summer, another food crisis?
Common Dreams - 3/16/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Corn prices peaked during the run up to the 2008 economic crisis at $7.88 per bushel and as the prices of corn and other commodities rose we saw food riots worldwide. Commodity prices soon came back the earth – corn is currently trading at about $4 a barrel. Given that we’re in the middle of an anemic recovery, you’d think spiking food prices are thankfully the last thing we have to worry about.
Plenty to learn at the B&M Bean factory
Kennebec Journal - 3/15/2010.
By Ray Routhier – Portland: When Conrad Lausier first uttered the words "watch yourself" to me, I thought he was being a little overly cautious. I mean, he was taking me through the B&M Baked Beans factory on the edge of Casco Bay in Portland. How dangerous could baking beans be? But within minutes, I saw a 900-pound bean pot, full of freshly baked beans, flying toward me. Literally.
Maple syrup tradition continues
Kennebec Journal - 3/15/2010.
By David Leaming – Norridgewock: The line of bucket-skirted rock maple trees leads to the saphouse where Cheri Farley keeps a steady eye on the boiling sap that soon will be turn into sweet maple syrup. Because of unseasonably warm weather, Farley and hundreds of people in central Maine are tapping trees, collecting sap and boiling it into golden sweetness.
New study says school food may make kids fatter
Grist - 3/15/2010.
By Ed Bruske – A new study from the University of Michigan finds that kids who eat the food served in schools are more likely to be overweight or obese than peers who bring lunch from home, and also are more likely to suffer from high levels of "bad" cholesterol.
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