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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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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Volunteers' Earth Day Cleanup Day at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
Saturday, April 19

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host an Earth Day Cleanup Day with volunteers at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers receive a hearty lunch and a free T-shirt.

Depending on the weather, volunteers may be cleaning, raking and mulching gardens, screening compost for use on the grounds, doing light carpentry, helping our Low-Impact Forestry Committee with its work in the woods ... or helping with other projects.

For more information or to RSVP for the workday, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Anna Libby, at alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center is located in Unity, Maine, on the Crosby Brook Road, off Routes 139/220.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Death of gene patents?
Institute for Science in Society - 11/11/2010.
The US federal government dropped a bombshell on 29 October 2010 when it reversed a longstanding policy. It said that patents should not be granted for genomic DNA as it is a product of nature even when isolated from the organism. However, recombinant DNA, or new combinations for DNA for making genetically modified organisms, or gene therapy, or ‘synthetic life’ remain patentable.
Revolution at a snail’s pace: how the Slow Food movement is tackling our biggest food problems
Alternet - 11/11/2010.
By Ari LeVaux – At the Slow Food organization's biennial convention in Turin, Italy last weekend, I joined food lovers from around the world as they perused a vast indoor market stocked with some of the tastiest morsels to be coaxed from the land anywhere. Samples were flowing in the great hall, dubbed the Salone del Gusto (Salon of Taste).
Healthy living feeds cook’s palate
Portland Press Herald - 11/10/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – What began as a friend's suggestion to start a food blog has blossomed into a cookbook. This week, "A Life in Balance: Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes for Optimal Health," written by Meg Wolff of Cape Elizabeth and published by Down East Books, hits bookstores.
Delivering the goods
Boston Globe - 11/10/2010.
By Kathleen Pierce – As soon as Bill Eldridge landed a contract with Whole Foods Market, the chief executive of Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. knew he had a problem. “It would be way too expensive and would take me a couple of days to get to the stores,’’ said Eldridge, who oversees eight family-run dairy farms from Kennebec to Aroostook County.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

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

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

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