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Grafting Fruit Trees

Sat., April 7
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Sat., April 28
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors Jennifer Ries of Whiffletree Nursery and Anne Hallee of Rising Up Farm in the Unity workshop, and C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Educator in the Bar Harbor workshop,​ will explain why to graft and will demonstrate the techniques for Whip & Tongue grafting. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will also be discussed. More details on the registration link below.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Lawsuit Challenges U.S.D.A. Rule Change on Organic Farming
The New York Times - 4/7/2015.
By Stephanie Strom - A coalition of grocers, seed growers and consumer and environmental advocates filed suit on Tuesday against the Department of Agriculture over a change it made to the process used to determine which substances may be used in organic farming. "The U.S.D.A. unilaterally changed the process without allowing the organic community to give any input and, in doing so, violated the Administrative Procedure Act as well as the intent of the organic law," said Paige Tomaselli, a lawyer at the Center for Food Safety, one of the plaintiffs.
Maine farmers: Cultivating a profit from organics
Mainebiz - 4/6/2015.
By Lori Valigra - Organic farmers will tell you it's all about the soil. But sitting at any farmhouse kitchen table, it's clear that's where organic farming plays out, starting with the inevitable bookkeeping ledger and calculator laid out prominently.
Farmers, Trade Association Debate Merits Of Organic Marketing Fund
National Public Radio - 4/6/2015.
By Luke Runyon - Organic farmers debate the merit of the proposed check-off program.
Big operations and those who protect them, threaten organic farming integrity
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/6/2015.
By Mark A. Kastel - Over the past decade, Cornucopia has hammered the USDA and the White House on grossly incompetent, or intentionally harmful, management of the organic program. We have filed numerous legal complaints, some of which have shut down factory farms or constrained their production, while others have been ignored or dismissed.
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