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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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Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA

9 a.m., Unity

Plant 102 heirloom apples and hundreds of companion plants at the Maine Heritage Orchard. Volunteers will be on hand to teach planting. No charge - Everyone welcome! Bring your own lunch. If possible, please bring shovels, rakes and wheel barrows! If you are attending, please RSVP by emailing Anna Libby (alibby@mofga.org) or by calling the MOFGA office (207) 568-4142.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farming for improved ecosystem services seen as economically feasible
American Institute of Biological Sciences - 4/9/2014.
By changing row-crop management practices in economically and environmentally stable ways, U.S. farms could contribute to improved water quality, biological diversity, pest suppression and soil fertility while helping to stabilize the climate. Midwest farmers, especially those with large farms, appear willing to change their farming practices to provide these ecosystem services in exchange for payments. And a previously published survey showed that citizens are willing to make such payments for environmental services such as cleaner lakes.
Bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states
Reuters - 4/9/2014.
By Carey Gillam - A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
Wal-Mart aims to push organic foods into mainstream
Chicago Tribune - 4/9/2014.
By Jessica Wohl - Retailer teams with ex-chain Wild Oats to sell lower-priced items
The Era of Big Ag Data Is Here
Modern Farmer - 4/8/2014.
By Katie Hiler - The inside of the cab of Ron Moore’s combine is downright high-tech. The usual steering apparatus is there, but if Moore lets the combine’s GPS system run the machine, he hardly needs to use it. To his right three screens are mounted, several flashing numbers and one displaying a crude 2D map that tracks Moore’s progress in the field.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA

April 19 - MOFGA Earth Day Volunteer Work Day

April 19 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

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

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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