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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Maine Apple Camp - August 18-20, 2017, at Camp NEOFA in Liberty, Maine
Pre-registration closed; walk-ins welcome!

Maine Apple Camp
August 18-20, 2017
Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine


Price:
$165 for MOFGA members
$215 for non-members
For family registrations, please contact us.

This first-ever event will bring together folks who are excited about the future of heirloom fruit varieties: How to save them, what to do with them, how to make great cider, and who to work with. Held at a traditional Maine lakeside camp in Liberty, participants will check in for 2-1/2 days and 2 nights of immersive learning and community building.

Experts on heirloom fruit conservation in Maine and beyond will discuss how to bring back our lost fruit. We’ll cover efforts to preserve Maine apples, pears and other fruit as well as how those efforts connect (or might connect) to national and international projects. Some of New England’s most innovative hard-cider makers will cover the ins and outs of making our traditional beverage of choice. Others will cover organic orchard techniques and care, and creating community orchards. We will also explore how these forgotten fruits can return to prominence in restaurants, stores and bars as part of Maine’s food renaissance. For more information, click on the registration link.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto soybean claims probed by West Virginia
Bloomberg - 6/25/2010.
By Jack Kaskey – Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest seed company, is being investigated by West Virginia over possibly misleading growers who were promised improved yields from its new Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seeds.
Chemical warfare
Bangor Daily News - 6/24/2010.
Editorial – Once the health threats of tobacco became known – cancer, heart disease and emphysema – it was impossible for the nation to go back and pretend cigarettes were OK in moderation. The same was true of substances in the living environment. During the 1960s, asbestos was ubiquitous in private and public buildings such as schools, offices, libraries and apartment complexes. Once the dangers of asbestos were known, the public demanded that it be removed.
Farmers market offers double dollars deal
Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Skowhegan: Dr. Michael Lambke hears the same thing over and over when he tells his chronically ill patients to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables: Healthful food costs too much. “That’s one of the biggest standard obstructions I hear from my patients,” said Lambke, a family physician who spent Saturday morning at the Skowhegan Farmers Market.
Supreme Court’s ruling on Monsanto’s GE alfalfa: Who won?
Grist - 6/21/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The sustainable agriculture world is abuzz today with news of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding an earlier lawsuit, brought by alfalfa farmers, that sought to stop any planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa seed. While the press coverage heralds the ruling as a decisive victory for Monsanto, a close reading shows that, in fact, it's a fairly significant win for opponents of biotech crops.
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