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Bob Sewall and helper Kristy Kinney at the Common Ground Country Fair.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Bob Sewall of Sewall Orchard. Maine’s oldest certified organic orchard still in operation sits on the side of Levensellar Mountain in Lincolnville with sweeping views of the lakes, the Camden hills and the ocean beyond. Bob prepared his soils for two years and then planted organically using the Rodale method. He was a MOFGA board member for 14 years and is a former MOFGA president. Sewall and his wife, Mia Mantello, sell apples, apple cider and apple cider vinegar at the farm, at the Common Ground Country Fair and at Maine cooperatives and restaurants. Their vinegar won “Best of Maine” in Down East magazine (2008) and is widely used by local herbalists and chefs.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
US and Canada approve new multi-trait GM corn
Food Navigator News - 7/21/2009.
By Caroline Scott-Thomas – Monsanto and Dow Chemical Company have received regulatory approval for a new variety of genetically modified (GM) corn, which they say could increase whole farm yields by five to ten percent.
Food alliance plows new ground Down East
Bangor Daily News - 7/21/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias, Maine: Nearly 60 members of the Washington County Food Alliance, a farming cooperative, have banded together over the past six months to solve issues such as marketing, transportation, bulk purchases and branding.
Blueberry harvest gets out of a jam
Portland Press Herald - 7/20/2009.
By Beth Quimby – Like just about everything else growing this summer, blueberries are running late in Maine. But if the sun ever stays out, growers of both the signature Maine wild blueberry and the cultivated variety say they could harvest a bumper crop this summer. Blueberries usually are ripe by this time of year, but the weeks of rain in June and early July have delayed the process. The blueberries are plentiful and plump, but they now need some prolonged heat and sunshine to turn sweet and deep blue.
As farmers battle weeds ‘conventionally’, the chemical treadmill speeds up
Grist - 7/20/2009.
By Tom Philpott – I’m an ag nerd, so sometimes you’ll catch me reading stuff like Delta Farm Press – a trade publication for large-scale farmers in the deep south. I find the damnedest things on those reading jags. Here’s one: farmers down there – which is cotton, soy, and corn country – are having a hell of a time controlling weeds, and resorting to evermore complex herbicide cocktails to combat them.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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