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Jason Kafka at the Agricultural Trades Show

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Jason Kafka who, with his wife, Barbara, farms MOFGA-certified organic Checkerberry Farm in Parkman. The Kafkas raise vegetables, herbs, flowers and seedlings, which they sell to vendors at the Common Ground Country Fair, Royal River Natural Foods, Barrels Community Market, Wood Prairie Farm, Wolf Pine Farm, other farms, Northern Girl, Crown O' Maine, Farm Fresh Connection, Whole Foods Market, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Fedco Seeds. Their expertise from more than two decades of organic farming and marketing in Maine often inform and entertain our farming workshops. Jason was also a member-at-large of MOFGA's board, during which time "I did enjoy 12 years of board meeting potlucks," he says. Jason is shown here at the MOFGA booth at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
If you like milk products, you may need to buy a cow
Kennebec Journal - 10/26/2009.
Letter to editor by Rebecca Myers Law – While the attention of the nation is focused on the health-care debate, a quiet death blow is being dealt to Maine's dairy farming tradition, as well as dairy farms large and small across the nation. With milk prices at $9 to $10 per hundredweight for most of this year, no producer can survive.
Swedes put first carbon labels on food
Treehugger - 10/24/2009.
By Brian Merchant –When Swedes examine the packaging of their food products, they're going to see more than nutritional information – now there's going to be a 'carbon label' right next to it. The labels read 'Climate declared: X kg CO2 per kg of product," so people will know just how much greenhouse gas their food is contributing to climate change.
Amish families reviving farms in Thorndike, Unity
Bangor Daily News - 10/24/2009.
By Walter Griffin – Unity: New families are settling down on the old family farms. Amish families began relocating to farms in Unity and Thorndike two summers ago, and there are now nine extended Amish families in the area.
Using garden ethic in public places
Bangor Daily News - 10/24/2009.
By Reeser Manley – In his essay, “The Idea of a Garden,” published in 2003 in his book, “Second Nature,” Pollan describes the dilemma facing a community after a tornado devastates the local old-growth pine forest, Cathedral Pines, requiring a decision by the residents on the area’s future. Some community members wanted the area immediately cleared and replanted to pines, others advocated letting nature take her course in the area, still others focused on the economic value of the fallen timber and advocated harvesting as the first priority, followed by replanting.
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