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Bob Sewall and helper Kristy Kinney at the Common Ground Country Fair.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Bob Sewall of Sewall Orchard. Maine’s oldest certified organic orchard still in operation sits on the side of Levensellar Mountain in Lincolnville with sweeping views of the lakes, the Camden hills and the ocean beyond. Bob prepared his soils for two years and then planted organically using the Rodale method. He was a MOFGA board member for 14 years and is a former MOFGA president. Sewall and his wife, Mia Mantello, sell apples, apple cider and apple cider vinegar at the farm, at the Common Ground Country Fair and at Maine cooperatives and restaurants. Their vinegar won “Best of Maine” in Down East magazine (2008) and is widely used by local herbalists and chefs.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Egypt bans genetically-modified food – can it be done?
Treehugger - 8/13/2009.
By Brian Merchant – In a surprising move, Egypt just announced that it won't be importing or exporting any genetically modified foods. Period. Plenty of traders both inside and outside the country were stunned, seeing as how Egypt's main agricultural imports currently include many GMOs. Can the nation realistically succeed in cutting out genetically modified foods on such a large scale?
Pesticides in your peaches: Tribune and USDA studies find pesticides, some in excess of EPA rules, in the fragrant fruit
Chicago Tribune - 8/12/2009.
Latest government report shows more than 50 pesticides on the fruit. How can you avoid the risks?
Roundup-resistant pigweed hurting farmers financially
GM Watch - 8/12/2009.
Al Tompkins, Poynter Online – Palmer Pigweed, a common weed found in cotton and soybean fields, was once fairly easy to control. Such fields, however, are now infested with the weed, which has become resistant to the herbicide that farmers typically use to kill it.
More concern over Monsanto’s penchant for chemical spraying?
Common Dreams - 8/12/2009.
By Craig Gilbert – Sure Catch Baits owner, Lisa Pilgrim, was in Toronto for a routine meeting with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) just over a year ago as a member of a baitfish advisory committee. There had been many such meetings, but this time she brought a prop. "It was an MNR sign, a proper notice, that said ‘don't eat the blueberries,'" Pilgrim said. The reason? The blueberries were in an area that had received herbicidal spray, applied from a helicopter, and were therefore potentially unsafe to consume.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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