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Edie Johnston

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Edie Johnston of Eldertide/Maine Medicinals in Dresden. Johnston's company raises MOFGA certified organic elderberry, astragalus, echinacea and other medicinal plants and processes them into such products as Antho Immune Tincture, Chaga Tincture, Relax & Restore Syrup, and more. These products are sold through natural food stores, specialty shops, distributors, Whole Foods and at the Common Ground Country Fair. Learn more at www.mainemedicinals.com/ and on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Should we buy organic foods?
Bangor Daily News - 9/10/2012.
Op-ed by Jody Spear – Should we care about conserving soil and water? Should we incentivize organic farming? And, to paraphrase the title of the Aug. 14 column with which I am taking issue, “should we buy organic foods?” Yes, yes and yes. But Georgia Clark-Albert, after posing these questions, comes out in a very different place.
Apple growers struggling with tough season
Bangor Daily News - 9/10/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Lincolnville: Total crop failure. It’s the first season in more than 30 years that apple grower Bob Sewall of Sewall Organic Orchard in Lincolnville has seen such a dire scenario, which he attributes to abnormally warm March days followed by a cold snap that froze premature apple blooms.
Congress has three choices on the farm bill: pass, renew, or flake
Grist - 9/10/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – As members of Congress return from their August recess, they have three options when it comes to the farm bill, the multi-billion-dollar bill that shapes everything from food assistance to farm subsidies to farm conservation. They can pass, renew, or flake.
‘Organic’ label just one piece of good information
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/9/2012.
Editorial – For decades now, organically grown produce has been the choice of health conscious, environmentally concerned Americans who have been willing to pay a little more for certified meat, fruits and vegetables.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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