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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

Saturday, August 6

North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine
Fee: $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free
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Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. The workshop will be taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All the major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives as well as a bag lunch.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The fight over the future of food
Reuters - 11/10/2009.
By Claudia Parsons, Russell Blinch and Svetlana Kovalyova – New York/Washington/Milan: – At first glance, Giuseppe Oglio's farm near Milan looks like it's suffering from neglect. Weeds run rampant amid the rice fields and clover grows unchecked around his millet crop. Oglio, a third generation farmer eschews modern farming techniques – chemicals, fertilizers, heavy machinery – in favor of a purely natural approach. It is not just ecological, he says, but profitable, and he believes his system can be replicated in starving regions of the globe.
Good food nation: Researchers think America’s obesity epidemic can be reversed via ‘foodsheds’
Phys.org - 11/10/2009.
By Peter Dizikes – Obesity is widespread due to our national-scale system of food production and distribution, which surrounds children – especially lower-income children – with high-calorie products. “The problem lies not just in a child, but the whole environment around a child,” says Albright. “To end obesity, we need to produce healthier, more accessible, more affordable food.”
While scientists fight over BPA studies, Congress could just act
Grist - 11/9/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – Joining Tom Philpott on the anti-BPA bandwagon, the New York Times columnist Nick Kristof had an op-ed Sunday detailing the mounting evidence against the hormone disrupting chemical. One comment in particular summed up the debate nicely: “When you have 92 percent of the American population exposed to a chemical, this is not one where you want to be wrong,” said Dr. Ted Schettler of the Science and Environmental Health Network. “Are we going to quibble over individual rodent studies, or are we going to act?”
Red deer that escaped from Levant farm may threaten whitetails
Bangor Daily News - 11/7/2009.
By John Holyoke – Levant: Elwood Mason began his farming career at the age of 7½, milking cows on the family farm. Unfortunately for Mason – and potentially for the native white-tailed deer that live in Maine – keeping his herd of almost 200 red deer in their fenced Levant pastures has proved to be a bit of a problem.
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