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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
‘Organic’ growth driving organic supermarket
CNBC - 12/17/2013.
By Lee Brodie - It appears that Whole Foods knows a thing or two about organic and we're not just talking lettuce.
On GMOs, Maine must take strong stand for consumers’ right to know
Bangor Daily News - 12/16/2013.
By Lance Harvell and Christopher Johnson - Buoyed by the overwhelming support of our constituents, the Maine Legislature proudly passed LD 718 earlier this year, a bill requiring any food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, to be labeled as such.
CSA in the USA: The Next Quarter Century
The Cornucopia Institute - 12/16/2013.
By Steven McFadden - Across the US, many rural regions are “food deserts” where production ag reigns supreme, and fresh local food and supermarkets are scarce. In this context, CSAs in general (and also collaborative CSAs, a.k.a. cCSAs, and CSAs in partnership with co-ops) have potential to meet many profound needs.
Organic Food Market in United States to Grow at 14% CAGR During 2013-18
PRWeb - 12/15/2013.
United States is the highest demand generator for organic food in the world with continuously increasing domestic production. During 2002-11, the country’s domestic organic food production increased to about 240%. The country is home to about 17,750 organic farms. The demand for organic food is continuously increasing in the United States as Organic Trade Association (OTA) 2012 estimates reveal that eight out of ten parents are reportedly purchasing organic food in the country.
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