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CSA Fairs Are Coming Up!

Did you know that five Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs are happening in Maine in late February and early March? CSA Fairs are an opportunity to meet your local farmers, shop for a CSA share at a farm near you and celebrate local agriculture in Maine. This year's CSA Fairs are in Portland, Bangor, Belfast, Augusta and Hallowell. More information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Scientists trace deadly piglet virus hitting U.S. farms to China
Reuters - 10/22/2013.
By P.J. Huffstutter - A virus deadly to baby pigs that has roiled the U.S. pork industry likely originated in the Anhui Province of China and may have evolved from a virus seen in bats, according to a report by veterinary researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
USDA Celebrates National Farm to School Month
USDA - 10/22/2013.
Based on self-reporting from U.S. school districts, 43 percent are engaged in farm-to-school activities, cycling about $354,599,266 (about 14 percent of their food budgets) into local foods, and 13 percent had edible school gardens. Maine schools reporting said they spent 5 percent of their food budget locally, and 42 percent of districts had edible school gardens.
Analysis of Impact of Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production Finds Administration and Congress Have Exacerbated Problems in the Food System
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health - 10/22/2013.
Five years after the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production (PCIFAP) released its landmark recommendations to remedy the public health, environment, animal welfare and rural community problems caused by industrial food animal production, a new analysis by Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future (CLF) finds that the Administration and Congress have acted “regressively” in policymaking on industrial food animal system issues.
Busting the 'Organic Is Expensive' Myth
Sustainable Business - 10/22/2013.
By Charlotte Vallaeys - "Organic food is too expensive." It's a complaint we, as organic farmers and advocates, hear all too often. And we've practiced and often repeated our defense of organic food's higher price tag: it's worth every extra penny in terms of a long-term investment in our health and in protecting the environment. When people complain of the high price of organic foods, farmer Joel Salatin likes to respond: "Have you priced cancer lately?"
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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