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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
Every farmer story has a little bit of magic in it
Portland Press Herald - 4/13/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – The average age of American farmers is 57, but if you tease through the statistics, you'll find that in recent years more and more people in their 20s and 30s have begun taking up pitchforks and plows. On Saturday, Space Gallery in Portland hosts the screening of a documentary profiling young farmers as part of its annual Food+Farm series. Called "The Greenhorns," the film and the organization by the same name that it spawned are projects of 29-year-old New York farmer Severine von Tscharner Fleming.
High fructose corn syrup: not just another form of sugar
Bangor Daily News - 4/13/2011.
By Dr. Joanmarie Pellegrini – Much has been written about the dangers of consuming soft drinks because of their hidden sugars and extra calories. However, is it as simple as just extra calories from sugar or is the high fructose corn syrup used as the sweetener that is particularly harmful? It is important to understand that there are several different types of sugar.
High corn and soy prices increase erosion risk in Iowa
The New York Times - 4/13/2011.
By William Neuman – When prices for corn and soybeans surged last fall, Bill Hammitt, a farmer in the fertile hill country of western Iowa, began to see the bulldozers come out, clearing steep hillsides of trees and pastureland to make way for more acres of the state’s staple crops. Now, as spring planting begins, with the chance of drenching rains, Mr. Hammitt worries that such steep ground is at high risk for soil erosion.
What’s your game plan as corn prices skyrocket?
Energy Bulletin - 4/13/2011.
By Gene Logsdon – Forgive me for returning to this topic again, but history is being made in the corn market and the mainstream press isn’t paying attention. Corn prices hit an all time high last week. As you pull on your boots and head for the garden or fields for spring planting, what are your plans? Are you ready for some seismic changes in food prices?
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