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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Gina Hancock of
Hancock Family Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Gina Hancock of MOFGA-certified organic Hancock Family Farm in Casco, Maine. The Hancocks (Gina, Geof and their two daughters) grow vegetables, vegetable seedlings, cut flowers and herbs, which they sell through their own farm stand, at the Bridgton and Kennebunk farmers’ markets and through their community supported agriculture program. "We believe that building and tending quality soil will translate into healthy, nutritious vegetables; that livestock deserves respectful handling and the opportunity to live out their lives on pasture; and that great farming doesn't happen without community," say the Hancocks. Learn more about Hancock Family Farm on their website and on their Facebook page. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Food stamps should buy only nutritious foods
Kennebec Journal - 3/15/2009.
Op-ed by Janis Cross – I was a family economist with the Consumer and Food Economics Research Division of the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., which designed and piloted the Food Stamp Act of 1964. The major goal of the law was to raise the nutrition level among people in low-income households.
Artfully done
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/15/2009.
By Ray Routhier – So what can a gardener learn from an artist? Well, the first thing, says painter Ann Stein-Aaron of Cushing, is that anyone who gardens is already an artist. "You're moving things around, working with colors, working on the visual presentation," Stein-Aaron said. "I like to give the viewer lots of lush color and form and structure to look at – in my paintings and in my garden."
pour vous
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/15/2009.
By Ray Routhier – Maine Maple Sunday is a pretty sweet deal. Maple producers around the state open up their farms and sugarhouses to folks for free as a way to promote Maine's maple industry. The annual event is scheduled for next Sunday, March 22. So now's the time to start planning a visit. Most participating farms offer maple boiling demonstrations and let you stroll among the tapped trees. Many have free syrup samples, some atop ice cream, and many have farm animals to gaze at. Some will even have free wagon or sleigh rides.
Quebec website promotes buying local, organic products
Montreal Gazette - 3/15/2009.
By Michelle Lalonde – "We need to encourage the purchasing of locally produced organic products by making them easily recognizable by the consumer," said Denis Paul Bouffard, president of the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants, or CARTV. The CARTV has also recently launched a label, BioQuebec, which allows Quebec producers to identify their products not only as organic, but as made in Quebec.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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