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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 though 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
Whole Foods Looks Beyond Non-GMO
Organic Connections - 9/27/2013.
By Ken Roseboro - Non-GMO transparency will be a minimum benchmark for products sold in Whole Foods Markets with the ultimate goal being to transition more companies to organic, says Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods’ executive global grocery coordinator.
Harvest is a tradition of growing up in Aroostook County
Bangor Daily News - 9/27/2013.
By Renee Chalou-Ennis - Harvest in Aroostook County has a long-standing tradition of making honest young men out of gangly, pimply-faced boys and strong, hard-working young women out of teenage girls. Harvest in Aroostook County can be a turning point for many young people, a series of pivotal moments, usually occurring just as the sun rises above the foggy river to the East, when they learn exactly how much Mother Earth will demand of their time and bodies.
Western farmers face labor shortages in the fields
Portland Press Herald - 9/26/2013.
By Gosia Wozniacka, AP: Fresno, Calif. - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.
New England sees rise in warm-water ocean species
Portland Press Herald - 9/26/2013.
By Clarke Canfield, AP - Portland: Fish commonly found in warm ocean waters to the south have become more common in New England as ocean temperatures rise. Over the past two years, fishermen in southern New England have seen an increase in croaker, cobia and spot, species more commonly found in waters off the mid-Atlantic.
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