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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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Gina Hancock of
Hancock Family Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Gina Hancock of MOFGA-certified organic Hancock Family Farm in Casco, Maine. The Hancocks (Gina, Geof and their two daughters) grow vegetables, vegetable seedlings, cut flowers and herbs, which they sell through their own farm stand, at the Bridgton and Kennebunk farmers’ markets and through their community supported agriculture program. "We believe that building and tending quality soil will translate into healthy, nutritious vegetables; that livestock deserves respectful handling and the opportunity to live out their lives on pasture; and that great farming doesn't happen without community," say the Hancocks. Learn more about Hancock Family Farm on their website and on their Facebook page. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bill prompts soul-searching among farmers, markets
Village Soup - 2/2/2010.
By Ethan Andrews – Belfast: "I used to be a reporter. I love words and I'll argue about words with anybody. And I've never had so much fun arguing about two words." So said Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Ned Porter during a recent session at the Maine Farmers Market Convention, held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The words Porter was referring to were "farmers" and "market." Together they are the subject of LD 1586 "An Act To Amend the Definition of 'Farmers' Market'."
EPA Faces Lawsuits Over Pesticide Harms, Soot
Environmental News Service - 2/2/2010.
The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity has put the U.S. EPA on notice that it intends to sue the agency for failing to adequately evaluate and regulate nearly 400 pesticides harmful to hundreds of endangered species across the country as well as human beings.
Hundreds of farmers attend Belfast convention
Bangor Daily News - 2/1/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Belfast, Maine: Hundreds of farmers gathered at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center this weekend for the second annual Farmers Market Convention, sharing ideas, marketing strategies and solutions. Judy Blaisdell of the Maine Department of Agriculture said, “This has been a fabulous forum, and something the farmers markets have desperately needed. It’s a great opportunity for the vendors and market masters.” The convention, which was held Friday and Saturday, was sponsored by the Down East Business Alliance, and attendance this year doubled over last year’s.
To Weep or Reap: The Flap on School Gardens
Huffington Post - 2/1/2010.
by Lisa Bennett, Communications director, Center for Ecoliteracy. "Cultivating Failure," the much talked about Caitlin Flanagan article in the current issue of The Atlantic, lambastes school gardens. So it's no surprise that many garden proponents have already shot back with their objections -- reiterating the value of getting kids into gardens, exposing them to healthy food, and giving them experiences that teach them something about nature, especially in these times of unprecedented environmental instability.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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