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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
With support, Gouldsboro farmers plan to rebuild after tragic fire
Bangor Daily News - 5/12/2012.
By Bill Trotter – Gouldsboro: Despite suffering the enormous setback this week of losing its main barn and dozens of animals that were inside to fire, Darthia Farm will continue to operate this summer, according to its owners.
Frankenfoods: why is the Gates Foundation helping Monsanto push genetically modified food
Alternet - 5/11/2012.
By Paige Aarhus – Nairobi, Kenya: In the sprawling hills of the Kangundo district in Kenya’s Eastern Province, just a few hours outside of capital city Nairobi, Fred Kiambaa has been farming the same small, steep plot of land for more than 20 years.
Relief funds set up for a farm and an apple ladder business destroyed by fire
Portland Press Herald - 5/11/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – When this stately old barn burned to the ground early Monday, it took with it the lives of three draft horses, 20 sheep, two pigs, two calves and roughly 60 chicks and ducklings. Bill and Cynthia Thayer who own the organic-certified Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro tried to rescue the animals but were injured and beaten back by the intense flames.
The return of the natives: designing and planting hedgerows for pollinator habitat to bring wild diversity back to farms and gardens
Chelsea Green - 5/10/2012.
By Gary Paul Nabhan – Native pollinators, it seems, were once forgotten as playing an essential role in providing ecological services for food security, but no longer. We have witnessed a surge in grassroots interest in returning pollinators to their proper place in sustainable agriculture, as witnessed by the enthusiastic participation recently seen at a workshop regarding on-farm pollinator habitat restoration in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.
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