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CSA Fairs Are Coming Up!

Did you know that five Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs are happening in Maine in late February and early March? CSA Fairs are an opportunity to meet your local farmers, shop for a CSA share at a farm near you and celebrate local agriculture in Maine. This year's CSA Fairs are in Portland, Bangor, Belfast, Augusta and Hallowell. More information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Is organic farming really everything its advocates claim?
Portland Press Herald - 1/13/2011.
Op-ed by Mike Bendzela – Gorham: Who's responsible for dichotomizing the farm industry into "conventional" and "organic" enclaves? The organic farming movement, of course, in which the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association plays a key role.
Technology is new helper down on the farm
Bangor Daily News - 1/13/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta: Farmers and producers at the 70th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show this week said technology has changed how farming is done in Maine. From computer microchips inside cows’ collars that alert the farmer if milk production slacks off to global positioning systems that enable potato farmers to use less pesticides, technology is making Maine farms more efficient and saving precious profits.
A climate-friendly farm bill
Other Words - 1/13/2011.
By Julia Olmstead – We’re in a rut when it comes to taking action on climate change. Congress has stalled on passing climate legislation. International negotiators failed to agree on binding emission cuts in Cancun late last year. And it's unclear whether the EPA will have the power to regulate greenhouse gases. Fortunately, we have a tool to help us make a real impact on slowing climate change: the Farm Bill.
The ‘food bubble’ is bursting, says Lester Brown, and biotech won’t save us
Grist - 1/12/2011.
By Tom Philpott – For years – even decades – Earth Policy Institute president and Grist contributor Lester Brown has issued Cassandra-like warnings about the global food system. His argument goes something like this: Global grain demand keeps rising, pushed up by population growth and the switch to more meat-heavy diets; but grain production can only rise so much, constrained by limited water and other resources. So, a food crisis is inevitable.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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

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

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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