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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Contaminated compost? Toxins may be lurking in that bag you’re about to buy
Grist - 6/8/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Thanks to fractured or lax regulations as well as the ubiquitous contamination of our environment by industrial chemicals (particularly heavy metals and pesticides), there's a distressingly real risk of toxic chemicals making it into commercial and municipal compost. And it's a particular problem for organic growers.
FDA admits supermarket chickens test positive for arsenic
Grist - 6/8/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – According to the Associated Press, the FDA has confirmed that chickens given a drug, such as Pfizer's Roxarsone (frequently those destined for the low-cost supermarket shelf), do indeed test positive for inorganic arsenic – just as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found back in 2006. Despite this earlier evidence, the industry had continued to steadfastly maintain that the arsenic could not and did not make it into the meat.
GMO crops threaten livelihood of organic farmers
CBC News - 6/6/2011.
CBS Evening News Clip. The USDA approved the unregulated release of genetically modified alfalfa, which poses a threat of contamination from one farmer's land to another's. And, as Seth Doane reports, the release has organic farmers concerned for their livelihood.
Nash Island sheep shearing is rite of spring, creates sense of community
Bangor Daily News - 6/6/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Nash Island: The hundreds of islands dotting Maine’s Down East coast traditionally have been used to hold herds of sheep for centuries, causing the name Ram Island to appear repeatedly on maps of the Maine coast. During the first week of June for more than 100 years, Addison community members have gathered to shear the sheep.
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August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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