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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
Down economy fuels a hunger for food-preservation workshops
Portland Press Herald - 6/10/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Lots of folks are putting in recession gardens this year to help take a bite out of their spiraling food budgets. But what do you do in August when you suddenly have tomatoes coming out your ears? Apparently, lots of other people are wondering about that too. Kathie Savoie, a food-safety expert at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, says she has been swamped with requests for food preservation workshops this year. She's already done 14 since March.
Maine’s Cellar Door Winery
Bangor Daily News - 6/10/2009.
By Emily Burnham – The symbol displayed prominently throughout the property and incorporated into the logo of Cellardoor Vineyard in Lincolnville features two outward-facing half-circles split by a vertical line, and connected by a horizontal one. According to historical lore, hobos would carve this symbol into abandoned spaces during the 1930s to indicate that the space was safe and welcoming.
40 percent of Maine field corn called modified
Bangor Daily News - 6/9/2009.
Associated Press – PORTLAND, Maine – Agriculture officials say 40 percent of Maine’s field corn acreage last year was genetically modified, which is half the national rate.
Poisoning the planet
Resurgence - 6/8/2009.
By Miguel Alitieri – In 2007, Genetically modified (GM) crops were grown on 114.3 million hectares worldwide. Of the twenty-three countries which grow GM crops, Argentina and Brazil are the major players in South America, though the cultivation of transgenic crops is also expanding in Bolivia and Paraguay. The biotech industry claims that GM crops have met the expectations of millions of farmers in developing countries, delivering benefits to consumers and society through more affordable food that requires less pesticides to grow and hence leads to more sustainable farming. What corporations fail to mention is that Roundup Ready (RR) soybean accounts for 70% of all GM crops and is tolerant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, glyphosate.
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