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Support MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio
Wednesday, April 23

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
"There's Nano in Our Food?" What You Need to Know about Nanotechnology and Food Safety
Center for Food Safety - 4/10/2014.
By Jaydee Hanson - This is the first of a series of blogs on nanotechnology and how this emerging technology is being applied to foods and food related products.
GMO Pushers and The Art of War
Huffington Post - 4/10/2014.
By Elizabeth Kucinich - In The Art of War the famous strategist Sun Tzu writes, "The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent." Sun Tzu could write a whole new chapter about Monsanto and the other pushers of genetically modified foods, or GMO.
Think Global, Buy Local: A new study looks at the impact of buying local produce on local economies
Food Tank - 4/10/2014.
Direct farm-to-customer-sales in the form of farmer’s markets and farm visits do make a difference – but what kind of difference depends where the farms are located and on how well local communities have built up an supply chain to support this kind of local buying.
As antibiotics ban nears, organic orchards have new tools to fight fire blight
Oregon State University - 4/10/2014.
Oregon State University researchers have proven the effectiveness of two organic alternatives for controlling a disease that can wipe out entire apple and pear orchards. Scientists found that spraying a yeast-based product and new water-soluble copper products at the beginning of the growing season provided protection from the bacterial disease.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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