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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop Level I
Sunday, May 4

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel.
$50/members, $60/non-members


Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Are Food Banks Selling Out to Corporate America?
Take Part - 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.
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.
Farmers: Monsanto’s GMO Crop Could Create Pesticide Disaster
The Cornucopia Institute - 8/23/2013.
By Sehvilla Mann, Indiana Public Media News - As Red Gold Incorporated Director of Agriculture Steve Smith watches cans of tomato sauce whip down the line at the company’s processing plant in Orestes, he says it is his job to worry about the bite pesticide drift takes out of his growers’ yields. Each year, a handful of Red Gold’s suppliers see yields diminished by drift damage, and he worries that number could mushroom if the government approves crops genetically engineered by the Monsanto Company to tolerate an herbicide called dicamba.
A Note from Joel Salatin
The Cornucopia Institute - 8/21/2013.
Why do we need more farmers? What is the driving force behind USDA policy? In an infuriating epiphany I have yet to metabolize, I found out Wednesday in a private policy-generation meeting with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe. I did and still do consider it a distinct honor for his staff to invite me as one of the 25 dignitaries in Virginia Agriculture for this think-tank session in Richmond.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA

April 19 - MOFGA Earth Day Volunteer Work Day

April 19 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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