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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic Integrity Upheld at Portland NOSB Meeting
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/16/2013.
The National Organic Standards Board met April 9-11 in Portland, OR to vote on issues of critical importance to the organic community. Here is a summary of the meeting.
To Recruit a New Generation of Farmers, We’ve Got to Get the Story Right
Take Part - 4/16/2013.
Op-Ed by Lindsey Lusher Shute - In the past year, the mainstream media featured more than a few stories critiquing America’s local and organic foods movement. Vigorous debate is good, but these stories seemed more about selling clicks and papers than getting the facts straight. And that’s bad news for a nation that’s in need of a new generation of young people to provide it with healthy food.
Report on U.S. Meat Sounds Alarm on Resistant Bacteria
The New York Times - 4/16/2013.
By Stephanie Strom - More than half of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef collected from supermarkets for testing by the federal government contained a bacteria resistant to antibiotics, according to a new report highlighting the findings.
Six River Farm: Bowdoinham Farming/MOFGA Journeyperson Farm Training Program
Portland Press Herald - 4/16/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - You’d never have guessed it was a cold rainy day in early April, to look at row after row of seedlings in one of the greenhouses at Six River Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine. Farmers Gabrielle Gosselin and Nate Drummond had agreed to meet me there so I could ask them about the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Journeyperson Farm Training Program.
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