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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop Level I
Sunday, May 4

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel.
$50/members, $60/non-members


Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
European capacity to grow food is plateauing, scientist warns
The Guardian [UK] - 7/8/2013.
By John Vidal - Countries may not be able to increase food production because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits.
Freedom’s Just Another Word for Organic
Organic Farming Research Foundation - 7/8/2013.
By Karen Adler - Organic agriculture provides real independence for farmers, for consumers, for communities, and for the world. As we know, organic farmers and ranchers use production methods that are independent of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and free of antibiotics and growth hormones.
LePage vetos bill to beef up Maine chemical law
Portland Press Herald - 7/8/2013.
By Steve Mistler - Augusta: Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill Monday that would have bolstered a state program to phase out toxic chemicals in children's products. Advocates said they would return to the State House Tuesday to urge lawmakers to override the governor's decision. The focus will likely shift to Republican lawmakers who have helped sustain most of the governor's vetoes this session, even after initially voting to pass legislation.
Farmers worry about fate of immigration bills
Portland Press Herald - 7/8/2013.
By John Flesher, AP - For northern Michigan fruit grower Pat McGuire, the most potent symbol of the immigration debate isn't grainy television footage showing people slipping furtively across the U.S.-Mexican border. Instead, it's plump red cherries and crisp apples rotting on the ground because there aren't enough workers to pick them – a scenario that could become reality over the next couple of months.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA

April 19 - MOFGA Earth Day Volunteer Work Day

April 19 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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