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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 though 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
Expanding Dust Bowls in China and Africa Impact Food Supply
Treehugger - 12/20/2012.
By Lester Brown – When most people hear the term “dust bowl,” they think of the American heartland in the 1930s. Today two new dust bowls are forming: one in northern China and southern Mongolia and the other in Africa south of the Sahara.
After Years of Livestock Industry Wrangling USDA Issues Final “Animal ID Rule”
The Cornucopia Institute - 12/20/2012.
Organizations representing family farmers, ranchers, and consumers from across the country express cautious optimism about the impact of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) announcement today of its final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. The rule was publicly released by the USDA on December 20.
The Battlefront in the Front Yard
The New York Times - 12/20/2012.
By Steven Kurutz – Jason Helvenston was at work on his second crop, spreading compost to fertilize the carrots, bok choy, kale and dozens of other vegetables he grows organically on his property in Orlando, Fla., when the trouble began.
In Midwest, Bringing Back Native Prairies Yard by Yard
Yale Environment 360 - 12/20/2012.
By Rebecca Kessler – Across the U.S. Midwest, homeowners are restoring their yards and former farmland to the native prairie that existed in pre-settlement days. The benefits can be substantial – maintenance that uses less water and no fertilizer, and an ecosystem that supports wildflowers and wildlife.
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