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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
Bumblebees prefer stripes and red flowers, research suggests
BBC News - 10/11/2010.
Gardeners are being encouraged to grow striped flowers to encourage bumblebee populations, after research suggested the insects are most attracted to them. Stripes on petal veins direct bumblebees to the flower's "central landing platform" and entrance to gather nectar and pollen. Researchers also found that red flowers were also attractive to bees.
Fruit tree guru shares green thumb
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2010.
By Matthew Stone – Gardiner: Karl Richards has tried repeatedly to grow apple trees on his Whitefield property. Now “I’m at the point where I need help,” he said. “There are a lot of things that work against them, from weather to deer.” Regional School Unit 11’s adult education program responded to Richards’ call for assistance.
Industry front group gets taxpayer money to convince you to eat pesticide-laden food
Alternet - 10/9/2010.
By Jill Richardson – Would you pay for a campaign to assure consumers that pesticide residues in their fruits and vegetables pose no harm to their health? The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently awarded $180,000 in federal grant funding to an organization called the Alliance for Food and Farming for a project titled "Correcting Misconceptions about Pesticide Residues."
Rooftop garden keeps on growing
Bangor Daily News - 10/9/2010.
By Macey Hall – Bangor: Members of the Hammond Street Senior Center watched Friday as pallets of soil, compost and lumber were lifted by a truck boom onto the second-floor roof, home of the “Still Growing” Rooftop Garden. The materials were made possible by a $5,000 grant awarded to the senior center by the Changemakers community action program.
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