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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship through cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
From farm to studio: Photographer Lynn Karlin captures natural beauty
Bangor Daily News - 8/27/2013.
By Brian Feulner - Lynn Karlin has been an editorial garden and lifestyle photographer for the past 40 years and added fine art photography to the mix four years ago. Originally from New York, Karlin moved to Maine in 1983 while visiting back-to-landers Helen and Scott Nearing, who lived in Cape Rosier. Karlin was influenced by the movement and lived and farmed next door to the Nearings for 8 years. Karlin co-produced three coffee-table books on Maine gardens acting as the sole photographer. The latest is “Gardens Maine Style, Act 11,” published by Down East Books.
Syngenta to take a continent to court to upend pesticide ban
Grist - 8/27/2013.
By John Upton - Syngenta is preparing to spray its lawyerly might all over Europe in a bid to be allowed to keep killing bees. The agro-chemical giant announced Tuesday that it would haul the European Commission before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in an effort to block the looming suspension of its neonic insecticide thiamethoxam – aka Cruiser.
Some schools nix new healthier lunch program
Portland Press Herald - 8/27/2013.
AP - After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.
Gambling Debts: New Report Blasts Crop Insurance for Rewarding the Risky
Modern Farmer - 8/27/2013.
By Gloria Dawson - When farmers experience crop lose due to extreme weather, crop insurance is there to help them out. In many ways, the insurance that farmers buy is not unlike car, home or health insurance. But a new paper from the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) finds the payouts farmers received from the Federal Crop Insurance Program actually encouraged farmers to take crop-loss risks – in effect rewarding farmers who take big gambles on extreme weather.
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