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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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Organic Orcharding Workshop:
Pruning Fruit Trees

Sat., March 10
Three locations:
• College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
• Morning Glory Farm, Bethel
• MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Scionwood collection and storage will also be covered. Confirmation and directions will be sent a week prior to the start of the workshop. Please keep in mind that pre-registration and payment are required and this course fills up quickly!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Trump wants to slash food stamps and replace them with a ‘Blue Apron-type program’
The Washington Post - 2/12/2018.
By Caitlin Dewey - The Trump administration wants to slash food aid to low-income families and make up the difference with a box of canned goods — a change that Office of Management and budget director Mick Mulvaney described in a Monday briefing as a “Blue Apron-type program.”
Sun Basket faces backlash over organic claims
Food Dive - 2/12/2018.
By Pamela DeLoatch - Sun Basket, the third largest online meal kit company in the U.S., faced a complaint last year that it included non-organic items in meals marketed as organic, reported BuzzFeed News. The complaint – filed anonymously with the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP) – says that despite a USDA logo and marketing messages that imply all ingredients were organic and non-GMO, none of the company's meat and only some of its other ingredients were organic. The filing reflected previous consumer complaints on sites like Yelp about Sun Basket's organic marketing.
Your “grass-fed” milk may actually not be. But a new technology could change that
The New Food Economy - 2/5/2018.
By Joe Fassler - How much fresh grass did the “grass-fed” cows who make your milk eat? A team of scientists from Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has found a new technique they say can determine exactly that. Their findings, reported in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry last month, suggest that fluorescence spectroscopy – a relatively cheap and simple form of light measurement—could be a way to assure shoppers about “grass-fed” claims in the supermarket. And it could prove to be an important tool for transparency in the organic dairy sector, where cows are required to spend time foraging outdoors – something critics allege doesn’t always happen.
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