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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
FDA wants to ‘sanitize’ raw oysters
The Washington Post - 11/10/2009.
By Lyndsey Layton – Glistening oysters cradled on beds of ice have provoked a political battle, with fishing industries along the Gulf Coast and their allies in Congress pitted against food safety officials in the Obama administration, who are determined to sanitize raw oysters. The fight is over whether the government should require that Gulf Coast oysters headed for raw bars around the country first be treated to kill vibrio vulnificus, a bacterium naturally found in oysters harvested from warm waters.
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.
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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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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