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CSA Fairs Are Coming Up!

Did you know that five Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs are happening in Maine in late February and early March? CSA Fairs are an opportunity to meet your local farmers, shop for a CSA share at a farm near you and celebrate local agriculture in Maine. This year's CSA Fairs are in Portland, Bangor, Belfast, Augusta and Hallowell. More information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Who Owns Organic
The Cornucopia Institute - 1/16/2013.
The latest update of major corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically focuses on the organic brands with ties to the top 25 food processors in North America.
Online magazine in Portland tracks health food industry
Portland Press Herald - 1/16/2013.
By Avery Yale Kamila - Dan McGovern works in a growth industry. As the founder and editor of Sustainable Food News, McGovern, 44, is immersed in the expanding and fast-moving world of better-for-you-food. Produced in Portland, the online business magazine publishes Monday through Friday and chronicles the health food industry's latest news and trends.
Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds
The Guardian [UK] - 1/16/2013.
By Damian Carrington - The world's most widely used insecticide has for the first time been officially labelled an "unacceptable" danger to bees feeding on flowering crops. Environmental campaigners say the conclusion, by Europe's leading food safety authority, sounds the "death knell" for the insect nerve agent.
Earliest Blooms Recorded in U.S. Due to Global Warming
National Geographic - 1/16/2013.
By Christine Dell'Amore - Blooming dates reported by Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold, compared with those in Massachusetts and Wisconsin during 2010 and 2012, showed that those two recent warm spells triggered many spring-flowering plants to blossom up to 2.3 days earlier for every 1 degree F rise in average spring temperatures.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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

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

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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