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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
With squeeze on credit, microlending blossoms
The New York Times - 7/29/2010.
By Kristina Shevory – Amanda Keppert is convinced that she would have lost Mandy’s Korner, her hot dog stand in San Jose, Calif., if she had not received a type of loan that is more common in the third world than in the United States.
Bread is focus of conference, fair
Kennebec Journal - 7/28/2010.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: The fourth annual Kneading Conference is set to open Thursday with two days of lectures, workshops and hands-on demonstrations on the life of bread, from grain to grist mill to kitchen table. The conference, and the second annual Maine Artisan Bread Fair on Saturday, are at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, off U.S. Route 201, north of downtown Skowhegan, said organizer Amber Lambke of Skowhegan.
Experts want junk taken off food stamp menu
Bangor Daily News - 7/28/2010.
By Meg Haskell – Four billion dollars. That’s how much Americans spend in food stamp dollars each year to buy sugar-sweetened, carbonated soft drinks. In Maine, it translates to about $2 million a year. Imagine, says Maine pediatric dentist and public health advocate Jonathan Shenkin, how much healthful food could be purchased with those dollars.
Maine: where the wild blueberries are
The Atlantic - 7/28/2010.
By Corby Kummer – Along with unrestrained lobster gluttony, when on Down East summer visits I eat the pellet-sized wild blueberries that are equally emblematic of the State O' Maine, as the brand of bathrobes and pajamas is still called (though the factory and outlet where we would stock up annually, heading north out of Rockland, is now an office development).
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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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