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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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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
Beyond red lists: the power of community-supported fisheries
Grist - 7/9/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – As I see it, seafood lists — like many food labels — have a clear, useful function. For the majority of the population, learning that a product is, say, certified organic or certified humane is an important first step.
After all that rain, you say ‘tomato’, I say ‘I hope so’
Maine Sunday Telegram - 7/8/2012.
By Tom Atwell – This might be a tough year for tomatoes – for me and everyone else. It rained in Portland more than tomatoes like -- 8.6 inches according to the National Weather Service, and more than 10 inches according to my rain gauge.
Graf farm becomes part of land trust
Kennebec Journal - 7/8/2012.
By Susan M. Cover – Fayette: The farming way of life has been good to Berndt and Elaine Graf. On Saturday, as 50 people gathered at the Fayette Baptist Church the couple talked about their decision to work with the Kennebec Land Trust to put their 256-acre dairy farm into a conservation easement.
Shocking health effects of commonly used pesticide
Alternet - 7/7/2012.
By Martha Rosenberg – Research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has presented new evidence of the ability of endocrine disruptors--in this case the pesticide, chlorpyrifos – to harm developing fetuses. Janette Sherman, a pesticide expert and toxicologist, has studied the effects of chlorpyrifos (found in Dow's pesticide Dursban) for many years and spoke with AlterNet about what her research has revealed.
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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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