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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Backyard Farms' head grower resigns
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 8/19/2013.
By Jessica Hall - The tomato grower said the resignation of Tim de Kok was coincidental to the company's recent crop problems.
BPA, phthalates tied to kids' weight, diabetes risk
Reuters - 8/18/2013.
By Genevra Pittman - Children exposed to two chemicals commonly used in food packaging are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors than those with lower exposure, new research suggests.
Maine blueberry crop sweeter, if a bit smaller, farmers report
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2013.
By Craig Crosby - This year's crop is a little below average in terms of pounds, but better than average where the berry meets the taste bud, according to Marie Kohtala, owner of Kohtala Blueberry Farm in Vienna, which has been in the business for more than 55 years.
Maine cheese makers join cream of crop
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2013.
By Doug Harlow - Skowhegan: Amy and Josh Clark of Crooked Face Creamery have been making artisanal cheese for only about three years. In that short amount of time, the young couple – both from traditional farming families – already have won an award in a national competition in cheese-friendly Wisconsin for their handcrafted whole-milk ricotta.
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July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

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August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

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August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

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