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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Obamas to Plant Vegetable Garden at White House
The New York Times - 3/19/2009.
Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut. While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern.
Find food health and safety info from your phone
Alternet - 3/19/2009.
By Tim Kingston – Consumers, health conscious or not, have a right to be paranoid. What's to be done? Try GoodGuide.com. The San Francisco start-up is a free, socially conscious, ethical-shopping Web site and is adding a new set of pages to its site devoted to food safety on March 16.
Taking steps for healthful eating
Bangor Daily News - 3/19/2009.
Op-ed by John Jemison – My wife and I were both interested to read the March 4 Bangor Daily News article about the top 10 heart-healthy foods as we sat down for breakfast. Most of the foods recommended – fish with high levels of omega 3 oils, olive oil, beans, berries and even Brussels sprouts – were fairly predictable. But the article left me thinking that there was something missing.
Economy of scales
Boston Globe - 3/18/2009.
By Devra First – Rockland, Maine: On the first Saturday afternoon in March, warmer than any other afternoon in recent memory, Elizabeth Cuccinello pulls up to the Good Tern co-op. In the bed of her truck is a big turquoise cooler. Soon people begin to arrive, greeting Cuccinello with hugs and small talk. She opens the cooler and pulls out bag after bag of freshly caught Maine shrimp.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 23 - Farm Training Project workshop: Livestock & Vegetable Integration

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 26 - Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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