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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 through 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 farming, carefully done, can be efficient
Los Angeles Times - 4/27/2012.
By Amina Khan – Organic agriculture generally comes at a cost of smaller harvests compared with conventional agriculture, but that gap can be narrowed with careful selection of crop type, growing conditions and management techniques, according a new study.
Growth of the local food industry has industrial farm lobby worried
Kennebec Journal - 4/27/2012.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – Living in Maine means that we are at the end of the road – literally – if we are in business and rely on out-of-state suppliers. I learned this week, however, we are a leader one key area: the production of healthy food and providing that food to low-income Mainers who need it.
Change steers students to healthier food choices
Portland Press Herald - 4/26/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – There will be fewer cupcakes and a greater variety of healthful foods served at Portland schools next fall thanks to new food rules adopted by the Board of Education on Tuesday. Under the new rules, all food served at the schools or by school-affiliated organizations must meet nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agricuture's Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge.
Organic foods industry creates more than a half million jobs
Organic Trade Association - 4/25/2012.
Washington – Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food were produced using conventional agricultural methods, according to a new economic study released today here at the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) Policy Conference.
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February 16-17 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop

February 24 - Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam Workshop

February 25 - An Introduction to Unity Food Hub

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

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

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