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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
New management promises changes at DeCoster
Portland Press Herald - 12/13/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Maine's problem-plagued egg production farm is under new management. Last month, Moark, a subsidiary of the privately owned Land O'Lakes, entered into a 10-year lease agreement to run the former DeCoster Egg Farms. At the end of the term, Moark will have an option to buy the company.
Is that flame retardant in your soft drink?
Treehugger - 12/13/2011.
By Rachel Cernansky – Brominated vegetable oil is patented as a flame retardant and it's banned in food all over Europe and Japan, but it's on the ingredient list of about 10 percent of sodas in the U.S. It's not in Coca-Cola, but is in Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, and in some flavors of Powerade and Gatorade.
Oil, climate, agriculture and learning to love limits
ASPO-USA - 12/12/2011.
By Sharon Astyk – I imagine that at some point, most of us have played some sport or another. At some point we have accepted the notion that our play can be more fun, more competitive, more just, more joyous, in some ways more free, if we accept a host of rules and limits to what we can do.
Land trusts remind us of state’s vitality
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/11/2011.
By Tim Glidden, Alan Hutchinson and John Piotti – Maine has something to be quite proud of this holiday season: a recently released survey of land conservation and land trusts has reported Maine to be a national leader. Since 2005, Maine land trusts have helped ensure the future of nearly 1.8 million acres of active farmlands, productive forests, working waterfronts and open space important to local communities and wildlife.
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