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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 through 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
Insect experts issue ‘urgent’ warning on using biotech seeds
National Public Radio - 3/11/2012.
By Dan Charles – Last year, we reported that a major insect pest, the corn rootworm, had "found a chink in the armor" of genetically engineered crops. Now, 22 of the nation's top experts on corn pests lay out some of the implications of this discovery, and they are potentially profound.
10 meals worth the mileage
Boston Globe - 3/11/2012.
By Jonathan Levitt – Chase’s Daily in Belfast is not the only restaurant in the state serving destination-worthy food in winter and early spring. There are bright spots up and down the coast. Here are 10 dishes worth a drive.
Rising fuel prices savaging farms now but could help in long run
Bangor Daily News - 3/10/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Topsham: In most ways, farming is about cycles, such as planting, growing and harvesting year after year. For Topsham beef and dairy farmer Bob Bisson, whose family has operated the farm for four generations, there is another kind of cycle that’s less predictable – spikes in energy costs.
Teen driving/Monsanto lawsuit
Maine Public Broadcasting - 3/8/2012.
Online Video: Jim Gerritsen is a farmer who brought the lawsuit against Monsanto. Gerritsen is a potato farmer in Aroostook county. He is also head of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA).
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February 16-17 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop

February 24 - Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam Workshop

February 25 - An Introduction to Unity Food Hub

February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

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