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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Study debunks myths on organic farms
The StarPhoenix [Canada] - 9/27/2011.
By Paul Hanley – The results are in from a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania's Rodale Institute. Contrary to conventional wisdom, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every measure.
Director calls this year’s Common Ground Country Fair ‘one of best ever’
Kennebec Journal - 9/27/2011.

Unity: The weekend's Common Ground Country Fair gave people a chance to catch up with their friends and neighbors – about 59,000 of them. "This is really a Maine fair," said fair director Jim Ahearne, who added that 600 farms and businesses from the state took part in the 35th annual celebration of rural living.

Education, commerce highlight Midcoast presence at Common Ground Fair
Village Soup - 9/26/2011.
By Shlomit Auciello – Unity: Two days of overcast skies and intermittent rain did little to deter visitors to the Common Ground Country Fair, from across the country and around the world. Midcoast residents were among the 1,300 vendors, exhibitors and educational presenters at the 2011 Common Ground Country Fair in Unity Sept. 23, 24 and 25. Whether they were preparing food for nearly 60,000 fairgoers, teaching them how to grow and use Maine's wealth of plants, providing entertainment and information, running livestock through their paces or selling crafts and other products, smiles were seen across the fairground.
Fast food is more expensive than homemade
Grist - 9/26/2011.
By Jess Zimmerman – The New York Times breaks down the cost of two home-cooked meals, relative to McDonald's. It's no surprise the homemade stuff is healthier, but as this graphic shows, it's also cheaper. Sometimes a lot cheaper.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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