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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio
Wednesday, April 23

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Frosts made slim pickings of apple crop
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/19/2010.
By Lynne Tuohy – Concord, N.H.: The answering machine message at Spiller Farms in Wells, Maine, cuts to the chase: "May 11 froze our apple crop." While many apple growers across the nation are enjoying an earlier-than-usual harvest, many in New England and parts of the Upper Midwest are reeling from the effects of two hard frosts in May.
Maine gardener: Surplus good
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/19/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Maine's vegetable gardeners have been uncommonly generous this year. Donations to the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program are up for sure in Cumberland and Oxford counties and probably around the state – people are too busy in the gardens to get exact statistics.
Iowa looks to Maine for egg farm rules
Kennebec Journal - 9/19/2010.
Editorial – When a national egg recall involved farms far away in Iowa, we were not surprised to hear a familiar name. Jack Decoster, a Maine native and notorious owner of egg farms here, has a long record in this state of paying fines and settlements for worker health and safety violations, as well as animal cruelty.
It’s official: Jack DeCoster rules the U.S. Egg roost
Grist - 9/18/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In a post earlier this week, I showed that a man with a 15-year history of labor, environmental, food-safety, and animal-welfare violations stands at the nexus of several tightly linked companies that, together, produce more eggs than any other U.S. firm. Now I can say it outright: Austin "Jack" DeCoster, who was once called by the state of Iowa a "habitual violator" for flouting its environmental codes, controls the largest U.S. egg conglomerate.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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