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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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MOFGA Strategic Planning Effort
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Our Farmers in Residence, Megan Gardner and Pheonix Obrien, are posting weekly updates about their farming experiences at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on our Facebook Page. Follow this young couple as they learn and grow.

Photo: Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
How local can you grow?
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/2/2009.
By Ray Routhier – Beth Richardson started with a small vegetable garden, and quickly found she really liked the idea of growing some of her family's food. As her children grew and used the backyard less over the years, she decided to branch into other kinds of food producing, such as growing fruit trees, raising chickens and keeping bees for honey. She took classes from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, read books and asked local farmers questions. Today, Richardson's pantry is filled with jams, preserves, potatoes, eggs, beans, honey and lots of other food she produced with her own hands, on her own soil. On Saturday, she'll open her backyard to people who want to see how she does it.
Friend in knead: a friend indeed
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2009.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: Scott Barden and his wife, Cate Conway, of Maine Wood Heat Co. in Norridgewock, already had cranked up their wood-fired oven, baking pita bread Saturday, when they got a visit from Michael Scholz of Albion. Scholz, a baker, wheat grower and partner in the Somerset Grist Mill at the former Somerset County jail, had just what the bakers needed – locally grown wheat that could be milled into flour right there.
In a cramped garage in Maine, they’re making a better butter
Boston Globe - 8/2/2009.
By Jenn Abelson – When most of his neighbors are asleep, Dan Patry shuffles into his garage at 1 a.m., wearing a hair net and elbow-length rubber gloves, navigating through a maze of stainless pipes, tanks, and trays. Where most people keep their cars, Patry churns out some of the world’s best butter, and he has the award to prove it. Patry’s brand, Kate’s Homemade Butter, took top prize last fall at the World Dairy Expo - the Oscars of the dairy industry.
Out of the kitchen, onto the couch
The New York Times - 8/2/2009.
By Michael Pollan – I was only 8 when “The French Chef” first appeared on American television in 1963, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that this Julia Child had improved the quality of life around our house.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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