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Bob Sewall and helper Kristy Kinney at the Common Ground Country Fair.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Bob Sewall of Sewall Orchard. Maine’s oldest certified organic orchard still in operation sits on the side of Levensellar Mountain in Lincolnville with sweeping views of the lakes, the Camden hills and the ocean beyond. Bob prepared his soils for two years and then planted organically using the Rodale method. He was a MOFGA board member for 14 years and is a former MOFGA president. Sewall and his wife, Mia Mantello, sell apples, apple cider and apple cider vinegar at the farm, at the Common Ground Country Fair and at Maine cooperatives and restaurants. Their vinegar won “Best of Maine” in Down East magazine (2008) and is widely used by local herbalists and chefs.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Canada Declares Farm Use of Neonicotinoids “Unsustainable”
Beyond Pesticides - 9/17/2013.
Last Friday, Health Canada released new measures the agency claims are intended to protect bees from exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides. As with recent regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, beekeepers and environmental groups are criticizing the measures as inadequate.
Falmouth garden fertile ground for UMaine farm educators
The Forecaster - 9/17/2013.
By Will Graff - Hidden behind a relatively new suburban housing development off Clearwater Drive is Tidewater Farm, a one-acre garden at the mouth of the Presumpscot River.
MOFGA Oral History Project at the University of Maine
Portland Press Herald - 9/17/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens, The Root - For those of us who want a glimpse into the development of MOFGA and its growth and the Common Ground Country Fair and its expansion, there is the MOFGA Oral History Project at the University of Maine’s Folklife Center in Orono, Maine. The collection consists of fifty interviews, conducted between 2000 – 2004, with individuals associated with the beginnings of MOFGA and the fair.
EPA Provides Grant for Organic Gardening and Composting Training in Brooklyn
Environmental Protection Agency - 9/17/2013.
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to Green Guerillas, a New York City community-based organization, to teach organic gardening skills to a team of Brooklyn young people. The grant was awarded under the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

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

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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