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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
Multi-Toxin Biotech Crops Not Silver Bullets, Scientists Warn
Science Daily - 3/29/2013.
The popular new strategy of planting genetically engineered crops that make two or more toxins to fend off insect pests rests on assumptions that don't always apply, UA researchers have discovered. Their study helps explain why one major pest is evolving resistance much faster than predicted and offers ideas for more sustainable pest control.
Spring: where has it gone?
The Guardian [UK] - 3/29/2013.
By Patrick Barkham - A hall of fame for creatures able to withstand the wildest extremes of weather would almost certainly be graced by puffins, Welsh mountain sheep and hill farmers. This week, however, violent easterly winds and drifting snow made a mockery of spring, and battered the most resilient living things in Britain.
Haiti to plant millions of trees to boost forests and help tackle poverty
The Guardian [UK] - 3/28/2013.
By Rashmee Roshan Lall - Haiti aims to plant 50m trees a year in a pioneering reforestation campaign to address one of the primary causes of the country's poverty and ecological vulnerability. President Michel Martelly will launch the drive to double forest cover by 2016 from the perilous level of 2% - one of the lowest rates in the world.
10 cost-friendly organic foods
KMSP-TV Minneapolis - St. Paul - 3/28/2013.
The documentary "Food Stamped” says a couple living on food stamps can afford a well-balanced, organic diet by buying in bulk, buying non-brand-name ingredients and/or buying directly from the farmer. As of March 8, 47.6 million Americans used food stamps.
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