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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 though 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
It’s time for a better federal chemical safety law
Bangor Daily News - 11/15/2011.
Editorial – When Maine lawmakers several years ago considered banning some chemicals deemed harmful to health that were used in products sold here, one of the first arguments made in opposition was that such action would result in a patchwork quilt of regulations among the 50 states.
Growing your way out
Kennebec Journal - 11/13/2011.
By Craig Crosby – In their quest to reduce their food bills, many Mainers look no farther than their own backyards. With a little sweat equity, planting a vegetable garden can provide a healthful alternative to purchasing food at the grocery store.
How to feed the world: start small
Breakthroughs Magazine - 11/13/2011.
By Eileen Ecklund – Claire Kremen believes that understanding what is good for bees is a first step toward shaping agricultural ecosystems, or "agroecosystems," that can sustain both humans and natural biodiversity, without the need for the huge inputs of chemicals and energy that have made industrial farming practices so damaging.
Grocers, food banks struggling to help feed hungry families
Kennebec Journal - 11/12/2011.
By Craig Crosby – South China: Pete Haskell sits behind his desk in his dimly lit office in the basement of his grocery store. Upstairs, shoppers load their baskets with cans and boxes, many marked with a blaze orange sticker announcing DISCOUNT. Haskell, a multi-generational farmer who also owns a trucking and fuel company, has watched the nation's economic woes from different angles, and seen the fear up close on the faces of his customers.
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