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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
Commissioners dragging feet on agriculture-conservation merger, lawmakers say
Bangor Daily News - 8/21/2012.
By Nick McCrea – Orono: Frustration and worry surfaced among the 12 members of the legislative committee that has jurisdiction over the merger of two state agencies that will create a new Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
Washington County berry harvest bountiful
Bangor Daily News - 8/21/2012.
By Tom Walsh – Cherryfield: Down East Maine is swimming in wild blueberries, as growers large and small report a plentiful crop as the annual harvest winds down. “It’s been a good year, and we’ll go into September,” said David Yeattes, farm manager for Cherryfield Foods, which harvests 4,600 acres of berries in Washington County.
USDA scientist: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide damages soil
Mother Earth News - 8/19/2012.
By Tom Philpott – What Roundup is doing aboveground may be a stroll through the meadow compared to its effect below. According to USDA scientist Robert Kremer, who spoke at a conference last week, Roundup may also be damaging soil—a sobering thought, given that it's applied to hundreds of millions of acres of prime farmland in the United States and South America.
Maine vintner paving the way for truly local wineries
Portland Press Herald - 8/15/2012.
By Joe Appel – Steve Melchiskey has a dream. "I truly believe there's a future for 10 to 12 good wineries in southern and coastal Maine that use only grapes grown on their properties." Melchiskey's Maine Coast Vineyards (distributed in Maine by Mariner Beverages) is the first, and he's working hard to create a culture that nourishes more. But it's going to take time.
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