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Grafting Fruit Trees

Sat., April 7
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Sat., April 28
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors Jennifer Ries of Whiffletree Nursery and Anne Hallee of Rising Up Farm in the Unity workshop, and C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Educator in the Bar Harbor workshop,​ will explain why to graft and will demonstrate the techniques for Whip & Tongue grafting. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will also be discussed. More details on the registration link below.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Sun Basket faces backlash over organic claims
Food Dive - 2/12/2018.
By Pamela DeLoatch - Sun Basket, the third largest online meal kit company in the U.S., faced a complaint last year that it included non-organic items in meals marketed as organic, reported BuzzFeed News. The complaint – filed anonymously with the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP) – says that despite a USDA logo and marketing messages that imply all ingredients were organic and non-GMO, none of the company's meat and only some of its other ingredients were organic. The filing reflected previous consumer complaints on sites like Yelp about Sun Basket's organic marketing.
Your “grass-fed” milk may actually not be. But a new technology could change that
The New Food Economy - 2/5/2018.
By Joe Fassler - How much fresh grass did the “grass-fed” cows who make your milk eat? A team of scientists from Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has found a new technique they say can determine exactly that. Their findings, reported in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry last month, suggest that fluorescence spectroscopy – a relatively cheap and simple form of light measurement—could be a way to assure shoppers about “grass-fed” claims in the supermarket. And it could prove to be an important tool for transparency in the organic dairy sector, where cows are required to spend time foraging outdoors – something critics allege doesn’t always happen.
Local products are seemingly everywhere, so where’s the local cooking oil?
Portland Press Herald - 2/4/2018.
By Christine Burns Rudalevige - It seems not enough acreage of oilseed crops is being grown in Maine to make a commercial processing facility here feasible.
GMO corn to blame for soaring pesticide use
VTDigger.com - 2/4/2018.
By Michael Colby - Ending its three-year stall on publishing statewide pesticide usage data, Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets finally released the information in January in response to a public records request. The newly released data covers the years 2014-2016, and it shows a dramatic increase in pesticide use on Vermont’s dairy farms, particularly when it comes to managing GMO cornfields. The use of glyphosate, for example, more than doubled in those three years, while overall corn-related pesticide use rose 27 percent.
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