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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
Could BPA predispose girls to breast cancer?
California Watch - 10/4/2011.
By Susanne Rust – A new study suggests that early exposure to a chemical found in hard, clear plastics and the linings of cans may cause changes in breast tissue, predisposing laboratory animals to breast cancer. The study, released yesterday in the journal Molecular Endocrinology, adds to a growing body of evidence showing that small amounts of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, can cause irreparable damage to developing animals.
Chemical concerns should steer families toward organic food
Portland Press Herald - 10/4/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – When Sally Struever was pregnant with her 9-month-old son, Jasper Eiermann, she made an effort to avoid the plastic chemical BPA and to eat food free of pesticides. An avid gardener, she tends two organic garden plots, preserves many of the vegetables for winter, and cooks the majority of her food from scratch, avoiding packaged and processed foods.
Farmer extends strawberry season into fall
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 10/3/2011.
By Ann Bryant – Farmington: While nature has started its autumn coloring of the trees, David Pike's strawberry fields are just as colorful. Nearly 50 quarts of fresh strawberries were picked Friday and 100 quarts on Thursday from beds of day neutral plants. Quarts of fresh strawberries from Pike's Strawberries are available in a couple of local stores, he said.
The mysterious honeybee apocalypse
Daily Mail [UK] - 10/3/2011.
By Michael Zennie – Honeybee carcasses coated the ground around hundreds of Florida beehives after a mysterious massacre claimed millions of bees and mutilated a way of life for local bee keepers. Experts have ruled out 'colony collapse disorder' and the bee keepers suspect that their bees were poisoned with pesticide. Florida agriculture officials and the local sheriff's office are both investigating.
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