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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
High-security Aroostook farm advances tater technology
Bangor Daily News - 6/10/2011.
By Matt Wickenheiser – Masardis: While potato farms aren’t exactly rare in Aroostook County, this one is set apart from others by barbed-wire-topped chain-link fences and surveillance cameras that secure access to the fields. Inside the buildings are high-tech laboratories and one of only a few hydroponic systems used to grow seed potatoes in North America.
Inquiring minds want to know if water safe to drink, use in garden
Kennebec Journal - 6/10/2011.
By Denis Thoet – A few weeks ago, enterprising local newspaper reporter Mechele Cooper called to ask if we tested our well water for uranium and arsenic, which she called "known carcinogens." Knowing that there are no stupid questions – there are only stupid answers – I replied that we tested our well water for bacteria every year or so, but not for uranium or arsenic. I supposed that it would make sense since high levels could leach into some vegetables, but we just hadn't thought of it (that was the stupid part of the answer).
Weeds increasingly immune to herbicides
Science News - 6/9/2011.
By Janet Raloff – Agriculture’s most effective pesticides are rapidly losing their punch as weeds evolve resistance to the chemicals. With no game-changing alternatives in the pipeline, researchers warn that farmers could soon see crop yields drop and production prices climb.
Getting hooked on fresh fish
Portland Press Herald - 6/9/2011.
By Leslie Bridgers – Naples: The seafood served to Lake Region students Wednesday was far different from the fish sticks of school lunches past. Along with the regular menu of tacos and macaroni and cheese, the high school offered samples of three hake dishes, made with fish caught earlier this week off the midcoast.
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