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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

Saturday, August 6

North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine
Fee: $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free
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Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. The workshop will be taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All the major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives as well as a bag lunch.

 

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By Dave Murphy – The assault on rural America continues unabated. For the past six months dairy farmers across the country have suffered a historic drop in milk prices while operating costs remain high. Since December 2008, the price that farmers are paid for the milk they produce has plunged over 50 percent, the largest single drop since the Great Depression.
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Portland Press Herald - 6/17/2009.
By Melanie Creamer – Saint Joseph's College and its food vendor, Bon Appetit, have teamed up to plant a garden that will grow food for the college dining hall and donate fresh vegetables to Catherine's Cupboard Food Pantry in Standish. The yearlong pilot project is designed to educate students on methods of organic gardening and sustainable agriculture and teach children about gardening. "This has been a dream of mine," said Michial Russell, the farm manager and a volunteer at the food pantry. "One of our goals is to get healthy food back into the hands of people who don't have access to it.
Rockland renaissance
Portland Press Herald - 6/17/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Kerry Altiero likes to say that when he opened Cafe Miranda in 1993, people in Rockland thought he was a little nuts. Now, he jokes, they think he's some kind of genius. Susanne Ward and Patrick Reilley opened up Rock City Books & Coffee – a cafe, used bookstore and coffee shop – at about the same time. Locals were skeptical that lattes and espressos would take hold here, and gave them six months. Within two years, the business had to move to a larger space.
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