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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 Chainsaw Safety Workshop Level I
Sunday, May 4

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel.
$50/members, $60/non-members


Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
A raw deal for milk?
Bangor Daily News - 5/4/2012.
Editorial – Small farmers in Maine are closely watching a legal case headed for Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth. The state is suing a Blue Hill farmer to stop him from selling unpasteurized milk. The case could test the legality of dozens of small farming operations in the county and the scope of local marketing of organic food.
Time to stop worrying and learn to love industrial agriculture?
Mother Jones - 5/3/2012.
By Tom Philpott – Like a good buffet, Nature's recent meta-analysis comparing the productivity of industrial and organic agriculture offered something for every taste. For enthusiasts of large-scale, chemical-intensive agriculture, there was this headline finding: Yields on organic farming – the amount of crop produced per acre – are on average 25 percent lower than those of industrial farming.
New breed of Maine farmers say survival depends on optimism, ingenuity
The Forecaster - 5/2/2012.
By David Harry – Freeport: Ralph and Lisa Turner have owned Laughing Stock Farm on Wardtown Road since 1984, and have sold their produce commercially since 1998. Less than half a mile away, husband and wife Steve Burger and Sarah Wiederkehr have managed Winter Hill Farm for less than a year, and have expanded the operation from raising Randall cattle to include vegetables, eggs and pigs.
Cold opening day
Kennebec Journal - 5/2/2012.
Six-month-old Charlotte Smith yawns as her mother Sarah Smith fills a bag of parsnips for a customer at the Grassland Organic Farm booth on the first day of the summer market season at the Farmers Market at Mill Park in Augusta. The temperature was around 40 degrees on the first day of summer hours, which run from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

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

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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