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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
Roberta ‘Joan’ Lipfert, 84, advocate of organic farming
Portland Press Herald - 7/10/2012.
By Melanie Creamer – Woolwich: Roberta "Joan" Lipfert was a loving wife and mother who cared deeply about her community. She was married to Donald Lipfert for nearly 62 years. Together, they became founding members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. She worked in the association's office for many years and helped organize its popular Common Ground Fair.
Brazil set to unleash genetically modified mosquitoes
Common Dreams - 7/10/2012.
Brazil is readying a plan to unleash large numbers of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in an effort to combat dengue fever, a plan that environmentalists have previously called "dangerously misguided."
Farm camp: chores and a chicken coop
Portland Press Herald - 7/9/2012.
By Gillian Graham – Scarborough: Collecting eggs and feeding chickens is an exciting chore at farm camp. It's extra exciting when a squealing pig escapes its nearby pen, then runs in circles as farmers try to corral it back into the yard. Young campers in brightly colored rubber boots froze in their tracks Thursday as the pig ran around them, then quickly resumed their search for fresh eggs at Broadturn Farm.
Food and extreme weather: it’s the soil, stupid
Mother Jones - 7/9/2012.
By Tom Philpott – The message from the Midwest is clear: Chemical-intensive, industrial-scale farming is vulnerable to spells of hot, dry weather – some of the very conditions we can expect to become common as the climate warms.
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