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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
Food has gotten cheaper – but at what cost
Grist - 6/13/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – Grist readers have been struck by our coverage of shockingly high food prices in Inuit communities in Canada’s far north. It’s less a story of life in extreme lands than the culmination of a historical destruction of indigenous peoples’ traditional foodways combined with a conservative government’s unwillingness to help them adapt.
Syngenta charged for covering up livestock deaths from GM corn
Institute for Science in Society - 6/13/2012.
Biotech giant Syngenta has been criminally charged with denying knowledge that its genetically modified (GM) Bt corn kills livestock during a civil court case that ended in 2007. The charges follow a long struggle for justice by a German farmer whose dairy cattle suffered mysterious illnesses and deaths after eating Bt 176.
Notes from the June garden
Bangor Daily News - 6/13/2012.
In the second week of June, at the end of a small vegetable garden bed once devoted to an assortment of herbs but recently turned over to rhubarb, a clump of chives is in full flower. It survived the transition because both Marjorie and I are fond of its June flowers.
Maine study finds potentially disastrous threat to single-celled plants that support all life
Bangor Daily News - 6/11/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Boothbay: Phytoplankton. They produce the oxygen in every other breath you take. In 2007, the reproduction rate of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Maine decreased suddenly by a factor of five and, according to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, it hasn’t bounced back.
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