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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Maine farmers hope wild blueberry crop will command higher prices
Bangor Daily News - 9/6/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: Geography and timing played key roles this year in the success – or failure – of Maine’s blueberry harvest. If blueberries were in blossom when this year’s wet, cold spring struck, producers are reporting a crop less than half the size of last year’s. If the blossoms already had faded, that same rain was beneficial. At the Passamaquoddy Tribe-owned Northeastern Blueberry Co., based in Columbia Falls, field supervisor Jeramy Wentzell said last week that the harvest was going well but what was most surprising was that it was still going. “This has been a long harvest for us,” Wentzell said. “We would usually have been done a week ago.”
Families join potato harvest at community-supported farm in Brunswick
Bangor Daily News - 9/6/2011.
By Christopher Cousins – Brunswick: Most parents try to regulate snacks for their children but when it comes to her family’s weekly haul from Crystal Spring Farm, Sarah Jacobs of Freeport sets no limits. Even when that means there is none for anyone else. “The peas never make it home,” said Jacobs of her 4- and 6-year-old boys. “They’ll just sit in the back seat and eat broccoli. I say if it’s from the farm bag, they can have all they want.”
Surprise! Americans are drinking a lot of soda
Grist - 9/6/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – On average, Americans now get nearly 10 percent of their calories from soda and other sugary beverages. This news comes from a new report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teens and young adults (aged 12-40) drink more soda compared to younger and older people on average, as do the poor. The elderly and those with above-average incomes drink the least.
In the world’s breadbasket, climate change feeds worry
Reuters - 9/5/2011.
By Christine Stebbins – It can't happen here, can it? The United States, the breadbasket and supplier of last resort for a hungry world, has been such an amazing food producer in the last half-century that most Americans take for granted annual bounteous harvests of grain, meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables and other crops.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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