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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Maine Apple Camp - August 18-20, 2017, at Camp NEOFA in Liberty, Maine
Pre-registration closed; walk-ins welcome!

Maine Apple Camp
August 18-20, 2017
Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine


Price:
$165 for MOFGA members
$215 for non-members
For family registrations, please contact us.

This first-ever event will bring together folks who are excited about the future of heirloom fruit varieties: How to save them, what to do with them, how to make great cider, and who to work with. Held at a traditional Maine lakeside camp in Liberty, participants will check in for 2-1/2 days and 2 nights of immersive learning and community building.

Experts on heirloom fruit conservation in Maine and beyond will discuss how to bring back our lost fruit. We’ll cover efforts to preserve Maine apples, pears and other fruit as well as how those efforts connect (or might connect) to national and international projects. Some of New England’s most innovative hard-cider makers will cover the ins and outs of making our traditional beverage of choice. Others will cover organic orchard techniques and care, and creating community orchards. We will also explore how these forgotten fruits can return to prominence in restaurants, stores and bars as part of Maine’s food renaissance. For more information, click on the registration link.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Only Sixteen States Eligible for Organic Cost Share Funding
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 8/23/2013.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) released a notice of funds availability for the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost-Share Program earlier this week in the Federal Register. The notice invites 16 states (New England states plus Hawaii, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming) to submit a grant application to AMS for organic certification cost-share funds, totaling over $1.3 million. Without a new Farm Bill and due to extension of the bad bill in January, says the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the national program is on hold and has no funding.
Farm to Fork Across America: Quality U.S. Grown Food IS Our Homeland Security
Huffington Post - 8/23/2013.
By Julie Ann Fineman - Winding my way from Reno, down some of the most scenic highways in California, redwood, pine and fir greened the way to Heaven and Earth Farm as I traveled to meet legendary farmer, teacher and soil scientist Amigo Bob Cantisano. A ninth generation Californian, he bears the genetics of a fearless Spanish Lieutenant responsible for the first land route between New Spain and Alta California circa the late 1700's.
Are Food Banks Selling Out to Corporate America?
TakePart - 8/23/2013.
By Steve Holt - Food banks, once humble distributors of excess food thrown off by supermarkets and manufacturers, have become corporate enablers of the industrial food system, according to one longtime food activist.
Farmers Sound Off on Rules
Valley News - 8/21/2013.
By By Ben Conarck - Farmers from both sides of the Connecticut River crowded Alumni Hall Tuesday afternoon to share concerns about proposed federal food safety rules that could end up requiring weekly tests of water used for irrigation and changing the ways farmers spread manure on their crop fields.
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