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Maine Apple Camp - August 18-20, 2017, at Camp NEOFA in Liberty, Maine
Pre-registration closed; walk-ins welcome!

Maine Apple Camp
August 18-20, 2017
Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine


Price:
$165 for MOFGA members
$215 for non-members
For family registrations, please contact us.

This first-ever event will bring together folks who are excited about the future of heirloom fruit varieties: How to save them, what to do with them, how to make great cider, and who to work with. Held at a traditional Maine lakeside camp in Liberty, participants will check in for 2-1/2 days and 2 nights of immersive learning and community building.

Experts on heirloom fruit conservation in Maine and beyond will discuss how to bring back our lost fruit. We’ll cover efforts to preserve Maine apples, pears and other fruit as well as how those efforts connect (or might connect) to national and international projects. Some of New England’s most innovative hard-cider makers will cover the ins and outs of making our traditional beverage of choice. Others will cover organic orchard techniques and care, and creating community orchards. We will also explore how these forgotten fruits can return to prominence in restaurants, stores and bars as part of Maine’s food renaissance. For more information, click on the registration link.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Asian rice yields drop as climate change warms nighttime temperatures
Treehugger - 8/11/2010.
By Matthew McDermott – Just as Lester Brown writes about rising temperatures leading to rising food prices, a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences details the connection, already evident and likely to become more so, between rising temperatures and declining rice yields in parts of Asia. It's decidedly not a pretty picture.
State invites input on plan to ban BPA
Portland Press Herald - 8/11/2010.
By Beth Quimby – The Maine Board of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on whether to ban the sale of baby bottles, sippy cups and reusable food and beverage containers that contain bisphenol-A at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Holiday Inn and Ground Round in Augusta.
Puppies, kittens can’t be treated as badly as chickens
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2010.
Letter by Elizabeth Vigue – Scott Knox’s letter (Aug. 1) stated that $4 per dozen is too much to pay for free-range eggs. He implies that low prices justify the methods employed by factory “farms.” Does he realize what kind of life “laying hens” have to endure?
Smiling Hill Farm’s owner sees tomato greenhouse as ripe opportunity
Portland Press Herald - 8/11/2010.
By Melanie Creamer – The owner of Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook wants to develop a 20-acre greenhouse and grow millions of pounds of hydroponic tomatoes.
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