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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Growing points: for celery-impaired, try celeriac
Village Soup - 2/6/2009.
If you’ve had trouble growing good celery, maybe celeriac is the vegetable for you. This biennial, Apium graveolens var. rapaceum, is somewhat easier to grow than its fussier relative, celery; its edible part – a fleshy rootstock – adds a celery-like taste to plenty of dishes; and it lasts a long time in storage — just what we need for a Maine winter.
William Ray Donnell – Obituary
Ellsworth American - 2/5/2009.
Later he purchased an antique sawmill and produced radially sawn pine clapboards which were used for restoration of such famous buildings as Nathaniel Hawthorn’s home and the Trinity Church. He served as moderator and member of the budget committee for the town of Sedgwick and was the Hancock County representative to the Down East RD&C for 15 years.
Want strong bones? Eat more greens.
Organic Consumers - 2/5/2009.
A new study funded in part by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) suggests that an alkalising diet may be an important key to reducing bone breakdown, or "turnover," while aging.
“Directed mutagenesis” heralds next wave of genetic engineering
Treehugger - 2/5/2009.
The German chemical giant BASF has announced the development of "a new generation of genetically altered crops, by precisely manipulating the plant's own DNA without inserting foreign genes." BASF refers to the genetic manipulation as "directed mutagenesis."
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