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Jason Kafka at the Agricultural Trades Show

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Jason Kafka who, with his wife, Barbara, farms MOFGA-certified organic Checkerberry Farm in Parkman. The Kafkas raise vegetables, herbs, flowers and seedlings, which they sell to vendors at the Common Ground Country Fair, Royal River Natural Foods, Barrels Community Market, Wood Prairie Farm, Wolf Pine Farm, other farms, Northern Girl, Crown O' Maine, Farm Fresh Connection, Whole Foods Market, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Fedco Seeds. Their expertise from more than two decades of organic farming and marketing in Maine often inform and entertain our farming workshops. Jason was also a member-at-large of MOFGA's board, during which time "I did enjoy 12 years of board meeting potlucks," he says. Jason is shown here at the MOFGA booth at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The monarchs were missing this summer ... and we and weather were to blame
PRI - 9/30/2013.
By David Sherwood - Swan Island, in Maine's Kennebec River, is the perfect summer home for the monarch butterfly. But this year, no monarchs. Monarch butterflies have nearly disappeared from much of their range this year.
A Disease Cuts Corn Yields
The New York Times - 9/30/2013.
By Stephanie Strom - A disease called Goss’s wilt is spreading in Midwestern corn. Culprits could be genetically engineered corn, lack of rotation or bacteria-harboring residue left on the field in no-till farming.
Landscaping for Sustainability
ensia - 9/30/2013.
By Margaret Buranen - Landscaping can do more than increase property values. It can reduce energy use and clean air and water while providing wildlife habitat and connecting people to nature.
Where Farmers Markets and CSAs Fall Short
In These Times - 9/30/2013.
By John Collins - Everything we eat has a story behind it. The bread aisle (at the store with the massive parking lot) is a thrill ride. That story starts on stretches of land in places you’ve never been. Its main characters are gene-splicing scientists, patented life forms and huge industrial robots. Fleets of 18-wheelers make epic road trips before the narrative climaxes in the cash register of one mega-corporation or another. By comparison, the story of sustainably raised, locally marketed food is a bucolic tale: a hop from farm to table.
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February 16-17 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop

February 24 - Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam Workshop

February 25 - An Introduction to Unity Food Hub

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

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