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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Volunteers' Earth Day Cleanup Day at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
Saturday, April 19

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host an Earth Day Cleanup Day with volunteers at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers receive a hearty lunch and a free T-shirt.

Depending on the weather, volunteers may be cleaning, raking and mulching gardens, screening compost for use on the grounds, doing light carpentry, helping our Low-Impact Forestry Committee with its work in the woods ... or helping with other projects.

For more information or to RSVP for the workday, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Anna Libby, at alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center is located in Unity, Maine, on the Crosby Brook Road, off Routes 139/220.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food
The New York Times - 12/30/2013.
By Edward Wong - Chenjiawan, China: The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice, cabbage, carrots, turnips and sweet potatoes. But the fields are ringed by factories and irrigated with water tainted by industrial waste.
From the Sky to the Land, Pollution's Toxic Toll on China
Common Dreams - 12/30/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - The thick smog that has blanketed major cities is not the only menace pollution has unleashed on China. Roughly 8 million acres of the country's farmland is too polluted with heavy metals and pesticides to grow food, a government official said Monday.
Could a user fee curb excessive antibiotics use?
Summit County Citizens Voice - 12/30/2013.
By Bob Berwyn - Massive use of antibiotics for food production is only marginally beneficial and poses a huge long-term risk to human health, researchers in Canada say. In a new paper, the scientists proposed a user fee that could help curb excessive application antibiotics in the agriculture and aquaculture industries.
Bee decline overshadows Endangered Species Act's 40th anniversary
Aljazeera - 12/29/2013.
By Renee Lewis - Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act being signed into law; the occasion, however, is being eclipsed by criticisms about whether government agencies are doing enough to protect some species – bees, especially.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

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