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

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Killing the competition: meat industry reform takes a blow
Grist - 11/9/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – One of the least-discussed but most promising attempts at food system reform was dealt a serious blow the other day. The USDA itself eviscerated its proposed reform to a set of rules which would have given a government division authority to crack down on the way large corporate meatpackers wield power over small and mid-sized ranchers.
Incredible shrinking farmland
Grist - 11/7/2011.
By Claire Thompson – Joel Huesby comes from a long line of conventional farmers, but in 1994, he had what he calls an epiphany that led him to switch to organic farming. He's of the mind that we'll drive ourselves to extinction if we drive our farmlands that way first. "Conventional commodity agriculture, to my way of looking at it, is standing in the boots of a dead man with toothpicks holding his eyes open," he said. "It looks alive but it's not. I don't see that as the future."
Farmers network, debate farm and food policy at Northport conference
Bangor Daily News - 11/7/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Northport: In a few days, the U.S. Congress is likely to hastily pass a slimmed-down version of the 2012 Farm Bill, according to Russell Libby of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. It will probably contain the usual trade-offs intended to both stabilize the production of the country’s agriculture economy and to help hungry people eat, Libby said Sunday at the end of the annual Farmer to Farmer Conference, held at Point Lookout Resort in Northport.
Consumers losing faith in Big Food
Grist - 11/3/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Four years ago, a coalition of agribusiness companies and industry groups, including Monsanto, the American Farm Bureau, the Midwest Dairy Council, and the National Pork Producers Council, got together to start the Center for Food Integrity (CFI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to build consumer trust and confidence in today's food system."
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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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