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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
Potato tips
Village Soup - 4/13/2009.
by Jean English. I picked up my organic seed potatoes at the Belfast Co-op Store recently and started greensprouting them shortly after that. Greensprouting? That means getting potatoes to break dormancy and sprout before you set them in the garden.
Touting factory pig farming safe, really?
Treehugger - 4/13/2009.
By Sara Novak – In an age where nearly 70 percent of antibiotics produced annually are given to some form of livestock and mass production of livestock has led to widespread animal mistreatment and serious environmental repercussions, it seems flippant to claim that factory farming is done for the safety of consumers.
Youngsters discovering fresh fruit, vegetables
Kennebec Journal - 4/13/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Leftover strawberries and beets drew the attention of Sarah Caban's fourth-graders at Mount Vernon Elementary School as they returned to class from a recent recess. The fruit and vegetables, left over from a morning snack, sparked a conversation about at-home eating habits. "We get blood oranges almost every week now," 11-year-old Faith Jacques said of her family's grocery shopping habits.
Cage-free egg farm makes for happy birds
Kennebec Journal - 4/12/2009.
By Scott Taylor – The hens were shy when Radlo began the small tour of the joint Radlo Foods-Dorothy Eggs cage-free egg facility Thursday morning, leaving a wide circle around Radlo, Production Vice President Tom Shea and Bill Bell of the New England Brown Egg Council. But the birds wandered closer the longer the men were there. Finally, one brave hen wandered up to Radlo, like she had something to say. He scooped her up like a cat and petted her while he continued talking.
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February 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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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