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Edie Johnston

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Edie Johnston of Eldertide/Maine Medicinals in Dresden. Johnston's company raises MOFGA certified organic elderberry, astragalus, echinacea and other medicinal plants and processes them into such products as Antho Immune Tincture, Chaga Tincture, Relax & Restore Syrup, and more. These products are sold through natural food stores, specialty shops, distributors, Whole Foods and at the Common Ground Country Fair. Learn more at www.mainemedicinals.com/ and on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
MOFGA Hires Executive Director
MOFGA Announcements - 7/30/2013.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is pleased to announce that Ted Quaday, of Santa Cruz, California, will become the organization’s next executive director. MOFGA began recruiting for this position in January, conducting a thorough, nationwide search for an inspiring and visionary leader to advance the organization’s goals. Quaday will attend MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair in September and will officially start as executive director on October 1.
“Renegade Gardener” Plots World Domination Through Home-Grown Veggies
Yes! - 7/30/2013.
By Katrina Rabeler - Ron Finley grew up in South Central Los Angeles, a "food desert" where nutritious eats are chronically unavailable. But when the fashion designer, personal trainer, poster collector, and father got tired of driving 45 minutes to buy an organic tomato, he decided to grow his own.
Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood
PLOS One - 7/30/2013.
By Sandor Spisak et al. - Based on analysis of more than 1000 human samples from four independent studies, the researchers find evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and enter the human circulation system. In one of the blood samples, the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. (PDF)
Weedkillers tied to depression in farmers
Reuters - 7/26/2013.
By Kerry Grens - Farmers who used weedkillers were more than twice as likely to be treated for depression than farmers who didn't use the chemicals in a new study from France.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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