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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practice


Tuesday, May 24 and
Wednesday, May 25
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Free for MOFGA apprentices (registration required); MOFGA members $75; all other registrants $100 per day or $150 for both days

This is a two-day immersion course (free for MOFGA apprentices) open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. Register for either or both days. Lunch will be provided.

More information

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The consumer game of whack-a-mole with chemical dangers
Bangor Daily News - 4/18/2016.
By The BDN Editorial Board - An announcement last month by the Campbell Soup Co. that it would stop using BPA in the lining of cans containing its soup and other food products again focused attention on the chemical that studies suggest is harmful to humans. Campbell said it began using an alternative lining in March and would phase out BPA in all its cans by the middle of next year. This is a welcome announcement, but it inadvertently highlights the shortcomings of U.S. chemical regulations.
Bees are born with the ability to collect pollen by buzzing, but practice makes perfect
Science Daily - 4/18/2016.
University of Stirlng - Wild bumblebees are born with the ability to remove pollen from nectarless flowers using high-frequency vibrations, researchers have found. This study is the first to show that the ability to vibrate flowers to extract pollen is an innate behavior in bumblebees and one that is refined over time.
Nutritionally-enhanced GM crops? Too bad about the deformed butterflies
The Ecologist - 4/18/2016.
By Claire Robinson - It looked like such a good idea: take the pressure off wild fish stocks by growing GM oilseeds that produce health-enhancing long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, writes Claire Robinson. But as a new study has established, those fish oils, novel in terrestrial ecosystems, cause wing deformities in cabbage white butterflies. Yet a third open field trial of these GM crops could soon be under way.
Why the fight for GMO labeling is (possibly) over
Resilience - 4/17/2016.
By Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights - Ever since it became clear that Vermont's law for mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients would actually go into force this summer, the big question has been how many food companies would choose to label their products and how many would choose simply not to sell in Vermont. There is a third choice which purveyor of canned fruits and vegetables, Del Monte Foods, announced recently. The company will eliminate all genetically engineered ingredients from its foods, obviating the need for special labeling.
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