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Put Your Hoe Down – A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m., at Topsham Grange, Topsham
Vermont Dance Caller Will Mentor and Old Time Fiddle Tunes by Sassafras Stomp

This is a celebration for all the alumni of MOFGA's farm apprenticeship program, for apprentice host farms and for current and future apprentices!

All are welcome to join the fun! Sliding scale admission $5-$20, to benefit MOFGA's new farmer programs.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Stanford scientists shockingly reckless on health risk and organics
Common Dreams - 9/6/2012.
By Francis Moore Lappe – I first heard about a new Stanford "study" downplaying the value of organics when this blog headline cried out from my inbox: "Expensive organic food isn't healthier and no safer than produce grown with pesticides, finds biggest study of its kind." What? Does the actual study say this? No. Their study actually reports that “Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”
How extreme weather supersizes global food price tags
Grist - 9/5/2012.
By James West – A new Oxfam report, “Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices,” hopes to close the understanding gap between climate change and global food prices, arguing that previous research grossly underestimates future food prices by ignoring the impact of severe weather shocks to the global food system.
The case for organic food
Los Angeles Times - 9/5/2012.
Editorial – Perhaps the most valuable thing about the study of available research undertaken by Stanford's Center for Health Policy is that it points up how little is yet known about the benefits of organics and the harms done by widespread pesticide use.
Weeds that like a sip of Roundup now and then
The Contrary Farmer - 9/5/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – First the glorious days of advanced farming brought us corn stalks that eat tractor tires. Now there’s a weed that likes to drink weed killers, especially Roundup. Recently Palmer amaranth “completely overran” most of the soybean test plots at Bayer CropScience’s test plots in Illinois, in the words of DTN/Progressive Farmer editor, Pam Smith, despite having an arsenal of herbicides thrown at it.
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July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 26 - Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

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August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

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