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The Great Maine Apple Day: Learn, Taste, Share, Enjoy!
October 25, noon to 4 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. The annual Great Maine Apple Day, sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, takes place on Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers. More information.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
25,000 bumblebees killed, dropping from trees in Wilsonville; pesticide suspected
The Oregonian - 6/19/2013.
By Elizabeth Case - An estimated 25,000 bumblebees have been found dead in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville since Saturday, the largest known incident of bumblebee deaths in the United States, according to the Xerces Society. Preliminary information suggests pesticides may be at fault. Initial findings indicate the trees were sprayed Saturday with a neonicotinoid insecticide called Safari. The bumblebee deaths marked an inauspicious start to National Pollinator Week, which runs through June 23.
BPA is absorbed in the mouth; could explain high blood levels
Environmental Health News - 6/19/2013.
Synopsis by John Peterson Myers - A new experiment with dogs finds that bisphenol A can be absorbed in the mouth and pass directly into the bloodstream, just as nitroglycerin under the tongue. This way it bypasses detoxification in the liver after absorption in the gut. The result is that much more biologically active BPA is available to possibly cause health effects, with major implications for how much risk BPA may pose for human health.
18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda
Portland Press Herald - 6/19/2013.
By Jennifer Peltz, AP - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
Maine lawmakers overwhelmingly endorse no toxic chemicals in children's toys
Kennebec Journal - 6/19/2013.
By Steve Mistler - Lawmakers overwhelmingly advanced a bill aimed at beefing up the state program designed to phase out toxic chemicals in children's products, but final passage is still in question. "My guess is that this law will pass and then it will die" in the budget-writing committee, said Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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